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Using Project-Based Learning To Flip Bloom’s Taxonomy For Deeper Learning. 4 Things All Project-Based Learning Teachers Should Do. 4 Things All Project-Based Learning Teachers Should Do by Lauren Ayer, M.Ed.

4 Things All Project-Based Learning Teachers Should Do

Gone are the days when students were expected to sit passively at desks while teachers lectured endlessly, expecting children to soak up the information being thrown at them. In today’s educational environment, students are expected to collaborate, think critically, and work together to develop innovative projects and answers to complex questions. About - Library Supported Inquiry. 5 Characteristics Of Project-Based Learning That Works - Schedule a TeachThought Professional Development PBL Workshop For Your School > 5 Characteristics Of Project-Based Learning That Works by Drew Perkins, Director of TeachThought Professional Development Interested in learning more about how to leverage great thinking and learning using authentic project-based learning?

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Check our PBL Workshop Services. Part 4: STEM, STEAM, Makers: Turning STEM to STEAM… 24 Resources. Welcome to this fourth post in a series that brings STEM, STEAM, and Maker Space together with Project Based Learning and proper technology integration in the classroom.

Part 4: STEM, STEAM, Makers: Turning STEM to STEAM… 24 Resources

You will discover around one hundred resources in this series along with some great ideas for finding student success. The Phases of Inquiry-Based Teaching. A central goal of education is teaching critical-thinking skills.

The Phases of Inquiry-Based Teaching

Inquiry-based teaching is an excellent path to this goal. Based partly on the philosophy that “humans are born inquirers,” the method focuses on student discovery over pushing information from the instructor. Along the way, the students explore multiple sources and contexts, ask questions and pursue hypotheses, and work to apply their theories to new and diverse situations. In doing this, they actively discover the interrelatedness among concepts, topics, and theories. In general, all inquiry-based teaching follows three phases.

35 Educational Resources to Encourage Inquiry & Inventive Thinking. This is a sponsored post.

35 Educational Resources to Encourage Inquiry & Inventive Thinking

I’ve scoured the internet, including all of my favourite social media sites, to bring you a fantastic collection of online inquiry and inventive thinking resources that I know will inspire and motivate both you and your students. The collection includes Lego, science, practical activity ideas, engineering, videos, animation, technology and a tonne of fun facts – so there is sure to be something for everyone! Sean Kenney Lego Certified Master Builder’s YouTube Channel: Best-selling author and artist, Sean Kenney, uses LEGO toys to build anything and everything you can imagine. CSIRO Crest: CREativity in Science and Technology (CREST) is an Australian non-competitive awards program supporting students to design and carry out their own open-ended science investigation or technology project. Pinterest is a veritable smorgasbord of great ideas across all grades and subject areas.

Project Approach Study Guide. Mastering Assessment Language: Trusty Tips and Tools. The formative assessment rubric is an amazing and revealing tool.

Mastering Assessment Language: Trusty Tips and Tools

They are made all the more effective by carefully considering the language we use. Mastering assessment language is an art form in itself. Like all other art forms, it takes time to perfect. Proper formative assessment tells us what students have learned. How to Design a Classroom Built on Inquiry, Openness and Trust. Teachers who are interested in shifting their classrooms often don’t know where to start.

How to Design a Classroom Built on Inquiry, Openness and Trust

It can be overwhelming, frightening, and even discouraging, especially when no one else around you seems to think the system is broken. A question I’m asked often is, “Where should a teacher begin?” Should teachers just let students go or is there a process to good student-centered inquiry? I’ve reflected on this a fair amount, and I think small strategic steps are the key.

The Inquiry Process, Step By Step. Australian Curriculum inquiry skills scope and sequence. 3 Ways Coding and Gaming Can Enhance Learning. Coding isn't just for computer science any more.

3 Ways Coding and Gaming Can Enhance Learning

Educators are finding that teaching students to write code and design games enhances learning and creates engagement. These examples illustrate how coding and games are being used across the curriculum and at all levels, as well as why great teaching is at the very heart of this innovation. Connecting With Each Learner: Inform7 (Interactive Fiction for High School) Clearing the Confusion between Technology Rich and Innovative Poor: Six Questions. ** We are seeking global opinions, please consider commenting with your thoughts and ideas of the definition of innovation**

Clearing the Confusion between Technology Rich and Innovative Poor: Six Questions

SAMR Model Explained for Teachers. Below is a great video explaining the SAMR model in 120 seconds.

SAMR Model Explained for Teachers

SAMR is a framework through which you can assess and evaluate the technology you use in your class. Here is how the video below shared by Candace M explains the SAMR's four levels: Substitution In a substitution level, teachers or students are only using new technology tools to replace old ones, for instance, using Google Docs to replace Microsoft Word. the task ( writing) is the same but the tools are different. Augmentation Though it is a different level, but we are still in the substitution mentality but this time with added functionalities. Again using the example of Google docs, instead of only writing a document and having to manually save it and share it with others, Google Docs provides extra services like auto saving, auto syncing, and auto sharing in the cloud. Watch the video to learn more about SAMR.

Sugata Mitra: Build a School in the Cloud. Group Work Strategies to Ensure Students Pull Their Weight. The idea for sharing this post came from a session I recently conducted at the annual teaching conference organized by my university. A pedagogical conundrum was raised by a colleague whose enthusiasm and question stayed with me and inspired me to write this post.

The question posed by this colleague is relevant to all instructors who have ever used group work to assess their students: How should one deal with the issues that arise when members of a group are not picking up their share of the responsibilities during a group work project? The benefits of group work are well recognized (e.g., as are the reasons students don’t like working in groups (Taylor, 2011). Mr. C's SharesEase. This great video clearly outlines Genius Hour movement happening in classrooms across the world! After reflecting for a few months on how to initiate #GeniusHour in my classroom I finally jumped in with both feet, my Genius Journal (click to download) and the question, “What do YOU want to learn Today”?

The response, learning, level of engagement and finished products were incredible! I found my Genius Journal to be incredibly helpful in guiding my students, allowing them to follow a process (QUESTION-PLAN-RESEARCH-CREATE-SHARE-REFLECT) and record their learning. Of course, the process is fluid during their 20% in the classroom. The most critical component of Genius Hour is insuring that your students formulate good, thought provoking questions. 6 Important Components Of Online Pedagogy. Originally posted on What makes you a good instructor in the classroom – does not necessarily translate to good pedagogy in an online learning environment. Online Learning Environments are becoming increasingly available for learners in all areas of education from primary grades right through to higher education. They require key considerations to be cultivated to promote success. The Components Of A Successful Online Learning Environment Whether you are building an Online Learning framework for primary students, college students, or for professional development among your colleagues, the basic premise remain the same – the Online Learning Environment should enhance the learning potential of your candidates.

Student Competitions & Challenges. LightUp. Time to Start Making: Free Design Programs for 3D Printers. By James Floyd Kelly One of the biggest tech trends to follow is the evolution of 3D printing — not just in the consumer market, but also in education. In fact, last month, the NMC Horizon report predicted that 3D printers will be seen in schools in the next five years, as students and teachers experiment with creating real objects out of plastic and other materials.

Just 10 years ago, this technology was priced in the $100,000+ range, completely out of reach of schools or homes. Today, an easy-to-use use (and build) 3D printer kit such as the Printrbot Simple costs a fraction of that — at $300, on the low-end of the hobbyist 3D printer market. (Most hobbyist-level 3D printers that would be suitable in a school or home run between $300 and $3,000 depending on the bells and whistles.) Why would a teacher or parent be interested in purchasing a 3D printer? [RELATED: How Thinking In 3D Can Help Math and Science Skills] Related. Hack the Storybook — NEXMAP. Tips and Tools for Involving Students in Lesson Planning and Content Delivery. Planning for a trip can be just as exciting as the vacation itself, especially when the planning is shared between family or friends. The preparation process and this kind of shared communication about your upcoming adventure starts to build excitement, even before you arrive at your destination.

Later, you might reflect back on the journey by sharing this with other friends and family members--or sometimes, the adventure can be shared in real-time, depending on the tools that you are using. What if teachers and students could discover academic goals in the same way that one would plan for a travel adventure--together? When teachers involve students in tech-enhanced lesson planning and content delivery, then true ownership of the learning can be the positive result. Teacher's Guide to Project-based Learning.pdf. Maker Studio - STEM Curriculum Resources by Dr. Wesley Fryer. A New Dimension of Education Technology. I bumped into SCiO and was inspired that it can actually change the way we design courses. SCiO is a mobile sensor that analyzes fine optical signals of an object, sends them back to the cloud database to do pattern matching, and returns the results to users.

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