Project Based Learning

Using Robotics To Teach Problem Solving: Is It Possible? – Education Article

The Field of Robotics Delves Into Numerous Interdisciplinary Skills Problem-solving is one of those complex areas in education which is both extremely valuable to learn about but very difficult to know how to teach. Some critical thinking, analysis and problem solving is inherent, but with correct training, a student can learn how to improve in these areas and take these improved skills into their later lives. Searching for ways to teach students these skills has often involved looking ‘outside of…

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A Process for Implementing Student Digital Projects – Teacher Reboot Camp – Education Article

Lately, I’ve been busy grading my students’ digital products. Each year my students accomplish so much with technology, such as brainstorming, collaboration, annotation, editing, research, and so forth. My students also create several digital products throughout my courses, such as mind maps, infographics, posters, presentations, video commercials, audio interviews, comics, ebooks, portfolios, visual prompts, speaking avatars, etc. These digital projects, or what I often call, “learning missions,” are adaptable and can be used to teach different age groups (children to adults)…

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PBLWorks (formally Buck Institute) Introduces Project Idea Cards for Teachers – Education Article

PBLWorks (new brand name of the Buck Institute for Education) has introduced a free online library of more than 60 downloadable Project Idea Cards to help teachers use Project Based Learning (PBL) in their classrooms. There will be more cards released going forward as well. The Project Idea Cards are free downloadable resources, standards-based, with project ideas from math and science to history and English. Each project card lists a driving question, a project description, the standards the project addresses, the…

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Unconventional Project Based Learning That Engages Students – Education Article

Noa Daniel talks about how unconventional project-based learning and how we can engage students with learning. If you’re struggling with student engagement, this is for you. Listen to Noa Daniel Talk about Unconventional PBL Noa Daniel’s Bio as Submitted Noa is a passionate educator and an enthusiastic learner. She is a classroom teacher, podcaster, blogger. She is also a coach, consultant and Chief Building Officer at Building Outside the Blocks, creating projects and initiatives for students and educators that build…

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Fun Video Project! Produce a TV Commercial for an Invention – Teacher Reboot Camp – Education Article

In a previous post I outlined my 6 step process for implementing digital projects (1. Evaluate an example, 2. Assign the mission, 3. Students carryout the mission, 4. Peer edit, 5. Share the mission, and 6. Feedback/evaluation). In upcoming posts I will be sharing some of my student projects to give you ideas for the upcoming year. In the following project students produce a TV commercial marketing their inventions. Students don’t actually create an invention, instead they  come up with ideas…

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Part 6 Timetables – EDUWELLS – Education Article

So far we’ve had it all! Joy, pain, excitement, anger, research, counter-research, warnings and lots of encouragement. We have had feedback from all aspects of the community and the consensus is still predominantly positive towards significant change. Another aspect that is becoming common is teachers experiencing tangible examples of contemporary education and quickly turning from sceptical to enthusiastic. “Now I’ve visited and seen it in action, I can’t get over how the senior students were so naturally working with and…

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Your Child Doesn’t Want to be a Programmer? That’s Fine — But They Still Need STEM – Education Article

Image Source If you’re a parent of a student, or an educator, or even a student or recent graduate yourself, you’ve likely been hearing a steady drumbeat of “STEM education” for the past 10 years, if not longer. As a whole, US education has really stepped up to incorporate STEM into all aspects of learning; it should be a relief to many parents that these opportunities are now readily available for most kids. While not every child is going to…

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Project-Based Learning as a Pedagogical Approach – The Teacher And The Admin – Education Article

A Guest Column written by Ken Wojehowski, A Teacher and Dr. Joe Lloyd, an Admin Dr. Joe Lloyd, Admin Quite often, we hear that many of ‘tomorrow’s’ jobs have yet to be created. When ‘visioning’ what the field of education might look like in the near future, this can lead to intriguing ideas and also some inexactitude. Despite this ambiguity, Project-Based Learning features as a novel and compelling pedagogical approach. Flashback Earlier this fall, on a sleepy Sunday morning, I…

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Question Formulation Techniques with Chris Fancher – Education Article

Chris Fancher is a Middle Years Program (MYP) design teacher at a public International Baccalaureate (IB) charter school in Round Rock, TX. He has taught every course, from pre-algebra to calculus, in more than 20 years of public education. As a military spouse, he found himself teaching mathematics in four states and two countries, as well as teaching college algebra and college statistics for the University of Maryland University College. Chris honed his project-based learning (PBL) skills at the nationally…

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Preservice Teacher Virtual Co-Op Program @coolcatteacher – Education Article

Hi! I’m Sam Fecich a professor, educator, and huge fan of pumpkin spice lattes (PSL)! Seriously, guys, I am the type of person who is counting down the days in August until PSLs are back on the menu. Most days of the week you can find me in my office at Grove City College working with students or teaching preservice teachers about educational technology or special education. During my courses, preservice teachers learn how to hone their digital presence, unite…

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Youth Spotlight: Community School students teach English to refugees – Education Article

The Spokesman- Review At a time when the United States is doing less for refugees, four seniors at The Community School decided to do a lot more. Tasked in a school project with studying the worldwide refugee crisis, Cierra Morris, Ashlin O’Kelly, Shea Handelman and Katelyn Devine went beyond the script by engaging refugees who work at the Global Neighborhood Thrift Store in north Spokane. The store is part of Global Neighborhood, a nonprofit which helps find employment for refugees.…

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Part 8 We’re half way! – EDUWELLS – Education Article

What a fantastic year! The first of our two year school redesign. It’s been a year of excitement and fear about possibilities and the unknown. We have had to debate the nature of and reasons for school. We have jumped for joy and also looked for employment elsewhere. We have all fought for our beliefs and had our assumptions challenged. We have fired research papers at each other over no man’s land causing only little damage to these entrenched assumptions.…

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Timeless Learning [A book review] – EDUWELLS – Education Article

Book: Timeless Learning: How Imagination, Observation, and Zero-Based Thinking Change Schools By Ira Socol, Pam Moran, Chad RatliffReview by Richard Wells @EduWells I’m in the middle of leading a two year transformation of our high school and so when the book Timeless Learning was highlighted to me (thanks @andykaifong), it looked like a perfect companion. I thought I’d add my perspective to the popular quotes from the book in regards to my own school’s redesign of teaching and learning.  The three…

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