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Map, Activate Check (MAC)


MAC is an acronym for Map, Activate, Check. Three functions of educational learning.


MAC, or Map, Activate Check is a great example of how DSRP can be used in educational setting to create new models based on research in cognition and education and learning. MAC is a universal educational, pedagogical, and androgogical model that identifies the three functions of learning. It is an educationally-interdiscplinary model in that it brings together all of the coherent pedagogical approaches into a common framework called the Activation Continuum. DSRP is itself the activator for lessons, concepts, and activities. To dive deeper into MAC as a model, check out the resources below. 

1: Two posters that give you a quick overview of the three steps and how to activate a concept.

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2. Check out this quick example of MAC being used to teach students geological structures. 

3. Read these two in-depth lesson examples from the ThinkWater Project which walk you through how to design whole lessons. 

4. Watch our Wetland In A Pan demo for a nice example of an activation.

5. View this video of classroom examples of MAC with real teachers!