How To Turn Any Unit into A Project-Based Learning Experience – A.J. JULIANI – Education Article

I was worried the first time I tried a project-based learning unit with my students. As a young teacher, I had prided myself on running a challenging class and had focused much of my attention on getting my students prepared for what we were both going to be assessed on: the test. I was not doing test prep. I didn’t believe that giving students sample test questions would make them do any better on our state standardized scores (and still…

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What IKEA and the Education System Have in Common – A.J. JULIANI – Education Article

Ahh, IKEA. If you are anything like me, you probably have a love/hate relationship with IKEA. I love walking through their store, putting our kids in childcare, and seeing all the possibilities (and cheap prices) of their furniture. Even though their carts turn like they have a mind of their own, I still keep coming back and back again with my wife to get things for our house (and especially for our four kids’ rooms). Last week we headed…

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16 Questions To Help Students Brainstorm Project-Based Learning – Education Article

16 Questions To Help Students Brainstorm Project-Based Learning by Terry Heick We’ve written about inquiry-based learning in the past, as well as its mother project-based learning, and its more complex cousin self-directed learning. So it made sense to take a look at challenge-based learning–the process of anchoring the learning process through problems–usually local, authentic, and personal to the student. This is a kind of place-based education that takes a project-based approach that begins and ends with the student and their respective and self-examined citizenships.…

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6 Characteristics Of Tomorrow’s Classroom Technology – Education Article

Envisioning The Future Of Technology In Education by TeachThought Staff Ed note: We recently got in touch with Michell again and hope to have some updated thinking around this idea in the very near future. With that in mind, we decided to republish this post because its simultaneous deep thinking and easy skimmability. Predicting the growth of technology is impossible–in both rate and direction. The same likely applies to learning. Combine them and you’ve got even greater uncertainty, but that’s…

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Real Ways WE Can Help Inspire a Generation of Innovators – A.J. JULIANI – Education Article

It seems after all this research I’ve done on the current state of education and all the reading I’ve done on the future of learning, that one piece of information keeps coming back to get me again and again. It’s basically screaming at me when I look at past innovations, past movements and reforms, and current changes in education. My opinion on the future of education (and learning) doesn’t matter. Does that seem harsh? Give me a minute to explain.…

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Great Ideas To Make Learning Visible: A Spectrum – Education Article

by Terry Heick  What students say and do and create are products of thought processes that, more or less, are predictable–and of significant potential if we can make those processes visible. The idea of making learning visible isn’t new. This is an idea as old as conversation or writing–show me what you know. It comes in many forms, from essays, quizzes, and exams, to the lifeless “What’d you learn in school today?” conversation after school. Playing an automotive racing video game…

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10 Design Thinking Activities to Get Your Group Creating – A.J. JULIANI – Education Article

When John and I wrote LAUNCH, one of our main driving beliefs was around the fact that all kids are naturally creative. We started the book with this short manifesto on the need for creative classrooms: We believe . . . We believe that all kids are naturally creative and that every classroom should be filled with creativity and wonder. We want to see teachers unleash the creative potential in all of their students so that kids can be…

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Skills Are Built, Not Born – A.J. JULIANI – Education Article

You know what continues to upset me in education? It’s not how we label kids (although that is pretty high up there on my big list). But, it is how kids label themselves. I’m starting to see it with my own kids. I’ve got four, but two are in school right now (4th grade and 1st grade). It’s almost natural for them to start saying things like, “I’m not that good at spelling, Dad”, or “I can’t do that math…

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Stories Are the Key to Building Empathy – A.J. JULIANI – Education Article

Listen to the podcast here or check it out on iTunes or the Google Play store. I was recently listening to a speaker (George Couros) talk about Ryan Gosling in his presentation. I had seen the presentation before and loved the video he shared where a man battling cancer created these Gosling videos while in the hospital. The story struck a chord the first time I heard it, but this time it was different because of another story I heard about Ryan Gosling…

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