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The 8 Elements Project-Based Learning Must Have. What’s the Difference Between “Doing Projects” and “Project Based Learning”? The Muppets Guide to Project-Based Learning (PBL) One of my goals for this upcoming year is to create a project-based learning (PBL) unit for my World History class.

The Muppets Guide to Project-Based Learning (PBL)

In order to wrap my head around this concept I have been lurking in different Twitter chats and reading articles about PBL. Still, the concept seemed foreign to me. It wasn’t until I was running this morning and my mind was a million miles away (an estimate only) thinking about the new Muppet movie that things began to connect. What Project-Based Learning Is — and What It Isn’t. Screenshot/High Tech High The term “project-based learning” gets tossed around a lot in discussions about how to connect students to what they’re learning.

What Project-Based Learning Is — and What It Isn’t

Teachers might add projects meant to illustrate what students have learned, but may not realize what they’re doing is actually called “project-oriented learning.” And it’s quite different from project-based learning, according to eighth grade Humanities teacher Azul Terronez. Terronez, who teaches at High Tech Middle, a public charter school in San Diego, Calif says that when an educator teaches a unit of study, then assigns a project, that is not project-based learning because the discovery didn’t arise from the project itself. Ramping Up Technology for Your Next PBL Project. In my last post about taking PBL projects up a notch, I focused on integration of subject matters and disciplines. Fittingly, this post focuses on integrating technology. Teachers often adjust and improve projects by finding new and innovative ways to infuse technology into the PBL process and products. However, it's not about more technology tools, but about the intentional use of the tools available. In my classroom, one of the driving forces for reflection in terms of technology integration is the Technology Integration Matrix from the Florida Center for Instructional Technology.

The matrix is a great way to focus on how to improve collaboration and knowledge construction by using technology, and also on how to make learning more active and authentic as students work towards specific goals. Authentic Audience Communication Teachers often struggle to physically bring authentic audience members into the learning environment. Maker High: Why Every School Should Be a Maker Faire. The prevailing problem with American high schools is boredom.

Maker High: Why Every School Should Be a Maker Faire

Actually, that’s just a symptom of alienation, irrelevance, and infantilization. A disconnected string of classes—some too hard, some too easy—appears to most teens to have little to do with life. And, they are right. Assignments - ECMP 455. PBL. Secret to Better PBL? Focus on Problem-Finding. On April 22, a billion people around the world are expected to take part in Earth Day 2012 celebrations.

Secret to Better PBL? Focus on Problem-Finding

Among the anticipated "billion acts of green" will be scores of events for students and schools, from gardening lessons to eco-fairs to solar cooking demonstrations. SCIL – Lead the change. Student-Centered Learning. Designing Schools for 21st Century Learning, Randall Fielding Randall Fielding, AIA, is the Chairman and Founding Partner of Fielding Nair International, LLC (FNI), an award-winning school planning and design firm with offices in Minneapolis, Tampa, Madison and Melbourne, Australia.

Student-Centered Learning

The firm has consultations in 23 states around the U.S. and 26 countries. Randy oversees FNI’s primary mission to improve learning by serving as a world leader in the creation of new and renovated educational campuses that are in consonance with best practice and research. Fielding’s achievements have earned him more than a dozen design awards from the American Institute of Architects, The Council of Educational Facility Planners International (CEFPI), the American Association of School Administrators, and School Planning and Management Magazine.

Sydney school embraces new teaching model. Project Based Learning. (image from Project Based Learning (PBL) is a great way to teach students content, 21st century skills, and engage them in something fun and educational.

Project Based Learning

I spoke more about PBL in an earlier blog ( and we had some great reader comments (Tech&Learning, May 2009, page 14). Today I'd like to give some tips and ideas on how to get started with PBL in your classroom. First of all, PBL can be used in any classroom, in any subject, at any grade level. Projects can be one class period, or take weeks to complete. A Parent's Guide to 21st-Century Learning. You’ll find a selection of outstanding online resources and projects, sorted by grade levels, to provide a glimpse of successful school programs.

A Parent's Guide to 21st-Century Learning

Elementary School: The World Peace Game Skype in the Classroom Peace Helpers Become Classroom Problem Solvers Middle School: REINVT-excerpt. Authentic, Hands-on Learning with Career and Technical Education. I am a daily witness to outlandish potential and even more incredible reality as I see students fabricating complicated ductwork, reworking the plugs and wires on a V8 engine and interpreting the bitewing X-rays of dental patients.

Authentic, Hands-on Learning with Career and Technical Education

Career and technical education is about differentiated instruction, higher levels of thinking and essential questions. Can it be more? Is it more? Exploring. Examining. When I construct a lesson for my crew, of course I focus on ushering them to comprehend the elements we are exploring. Project-Based Learning Made Easy. "Project-based learning is great but it is too hard for teachers to do well.

Project-Based Learning Made Easy

" I have heard this belief stated more times than I can count. Is PBL really so difficult that only a select number of masterful teachers, innovative schools, and dynamic school leaders can pull off high quality projects? I don't think so. Congoo News. Internet Catalogue. Helping Parents Understand PBL. For an upcoming Edutopia guide for parents, we're looking for suggestions about how to help parents understand the value of PBL.

Helping Parents Understand PBL

I'm eager to hear from teachers who have strategies to share. Do you use tools like Edmodo to provide a parent window into projects? Wright'sRoom. I love project-based learning. Why? Because my students do. Some of my favourite projects are the Biology 30 projects due at semester’s end. These aren’t the only projects we create throughout the semester; we also create a number of digital products too. However, these tend to be the most intricate and hands on. For the past week, my students have been sharing their projects.

The topic for this particular project was body systems. One of my students created a Monopoly-type boardgame based on the nervous system. Each of the different properties represented a different aspect of the nervous system. But the best part of his presentation, to me, was when he stated, “I really enjoyed doing this. Another student researched and created a model of the knee. A third student created two cakes — each depicted the brain. Tlc-proposal-10-18-11.docx. TLC Middle School (opening August 2013) We are running affordable summer camp sessions from 8:45-noon during the week of July 8-12 in Durham, NC. Click here for details. Student applications for 2013-14 are now available;Please click this link for the 2013-14 TLC Application. TLC in the Durham Press Read this article about TLC in the Duke student newspaper.Read another article about TLC from the Durham Herald-Sun.

For more information about TLC, please contact Steve Goldberg – Steve [at] (note that it’s not Trianglelearning — there’s a shared “le”) Make: Kit Reviews. Life in a Inquiry Driven, Technology-Embedded, Connected Classroom: Science. I teach in an inquiry, project-based, technology embedded classroom. A mouthful, I know. So what does that mean? It means I lecture less, and my students explore more. It means that I create a classroom where students encounter concepts, via labs and other methods, before they necessarily understand all the specifics of what is happening. It’s a place where my students spend time piecing together what they have learned, critically evaluating its larger purpose, and reflecting on their own learning.

It also means my students don’t acquire knowledge just for the sake of acquiring it. Into play. So what does this look like? On lab days, one of the first things my students do is take out their phones. George Demo. Web 2.0 to support the nets. Web Tools that support this standard •Gizmos ExploreLearning currently has over 450 Gizmos with accompanying curricular materials, all with the aim of sharing the “Ah-Hah!” Seven Ways to Build Your Own Educational Games. There are hundreds of places to find educational games and quizzes on the Internet. That said, sometimes you still cannot find quite what you're looking for. Get Globally Connected. QR Codes in Education. In July, I had the great pleasure of being one of the judges for the Microsoft Partners In Learning 2011 U.S.

Innovative Educators Forum. Judging the projects was a true challenge since they were all of such high quality. It was such an honor to be among so many enthusiastic educators and to see them be recognized for their efforts, which many will agree does not happen often enough. One of the projects that really stuck with me, that can easily be replicated in any classroom is the project from Melanie Wiscount (@mwiscount on Twitter), who won the Educator's Choice award.

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