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A Step-by-Step Guide to the Best Projects. Manor New Technology High School in Manor, Texas, is a 100 percent project-based learning school. They are part of the New Tech Network of schools and their approach has yielded remarkable results, including a 98 percent graduation rate, with all of their graduates accepted to college. The success of their PBL approach is largely attributable to the fact that their process is designed to stimulate student inquiry.

Additionally, their process can be applied to any project in any subject, which means there is a consistent approach across grades and subjects at Manor. We followed a sophomore world studies class through a three-week project called Controlling Factors, created by teaching partners Mary Mobley (English) and Michael Chambers (world history). They designed a project that capitalized on the wild popularity among their students of the best-selling novel The Hunger Games. Here is a breakdown of key steps, with some examples from Mobley and Chambers's project: Edutopia yokana maker rubric. Creating an Authentic Maker Education Rubric. While many teachers are excited about the maker movement and may even be creating projects for their classrooms, assessment can be puzzling even to veteran classroom teachers. How can teachers prove that deep, rich learning is occurring through making? How do we justify a grade to students and parents alike, especially to the student who "just isn’t good at art"?

By crafting a three-part rubric that assesses process, understanding, and product, teachers can rest assured that they are covering all the bases. Part 1: Process The process of making in the classroom needs to be incorporated in the final grade. Is each student fully engaged? Photo credit: Lisa Yokana As part of a recent project in my school's senior-level public policy class, students crafted scale models of Lower Manhattan in preparation for a disaster simulation.

Students created a scale model of Lower Manhattan in City 2.0 at Scarsdale High School. Part 2: Understanding Habits of Mind What was difficult? Part 3: Product. Project Based Learning. Introducing an irresistible project at the beginning of a unit of study can give students a clear and meaningful reason for learning.

Plus, they end up with a product or result that could possibility make a difference in the world! In project based learning students are driven to learn content and skills for an authentic purpose. PBL involves students in explaining their answers to real-life questions, problems, or challenges. It starts with a driving question that leads to inquiry and investigation. Students work to create a product or presentation as their response to the driving question. Technology can be helpful throughout a project, whether students use iPads, Chromebooks, Android tablets, laptops, or desktops.

I've written a primer for each of the three major components of project based learning.


Cartoons for the Classroom :: AAEC - Association of American Editorial Cartoonists. Congress clears way to sue Saudis Teachers: Download the lesson and print it out for use in your classroom. (PDF format) Common Core State Standard RL.CSS.2/4 Grades 6-12: Students determine the meaning of political cartoons through the analysis of their literal, symbolic and figurative meanings of the elements the artist used and their effect. Students are asked to describe the overall effect of the cartoon, and how the artist’s choices combine to create that effect. Finally, students determine the purpose of the cartoon and how it relates to current issues through discussion questions.

A blank cartoon is provided to assist students in writing their own caption based on their understanding of the cartoons meaning NOTE: You'll need the free Adobe Acrobat Reader to use these files. iEARN. Curriculum for Global Sustainability Education | Facing the Future. NGT1303.pdf. 12 Timeless Project-Based Learning Resources. 12 Timeless Project-Based Learning Resources by Shannon Dauphin Project-based learning is becoming increasingly popular as teachers look for a way to make lessons stick in the minds of their students. According to Edutopia, studies have shown that students who use project-based learning remember the material much longer and have healthier attitudes toward education.

Project-based learning is based on the idea that students learn best by tackling and solving real world problems. Students are much more engaged with the subject matter and look to the teacher as more of a coach who guides them through their own reflections and ideas. Ready to try project-based learning in your classroom? 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. From integrating technology into the classroom to teaching science by hands-on experimentation, project-based learning is not only educational, but often entertaining as well. The Fastest Way to Create an Ignite Presentation. I set myself the challenge of preparing my first Ignite presentation as fast as possible.

The Ignite presentation format is a 5 minutes long presentation with 20 slides and with the slides advancing automatically every 15 seconds. It’s the presentation equivalent of a haiku or sonnet. It’s a very challenging format which can take forever to prepare. Here’s the way that I did it: 1. I used my normal presentation planner which I teach to all my clients. Click on the image to see a larger view. Time: 10 minutes 2. I typed what I wanted to say into the format of 20 slides: Time: 1 hour 3. I then used the “rehearse timings” button and delivered the presentation: The Slide Sorter view (above) showed me how long I spent talking on each slide. My aim was for each slide to take 13 to 15 seconds.

When I first tried this out I was all over the place, some slides taking 7 seconds and some 34 seconds. Time: 2 hours 4. 5. I printed out my verbal slides (shown in point 2. above) as handouts – 2 to a page: 5. How to give a great Ignite talk. Ignite is a presentation format that’s simpler than Pecha Kucha but longer than lightening talks. In Ignite each speakers gets 5 minutes, and must use 20 slides with each slide advancing automatically after 15 seconds, forcing speakers to get the point, fast. Having slides that automate seems mad, and in a way it is, but the surprise is that for most speakers it forces them to be far more concise and thoughtful than they would in any other format. Even without the automation, my advice holds well for any kind of short talk. Why should anyone get the stage for 20 or 50 minutes if they can’t keep people’s attention for just 300 seconds?

In many ways it takes more craft to make a short talk work well than a long one. Often Ignite events have a dozen or more speakers, creating a fun evening with a wide range of advice, stories and entertainments. I’ve spoken at many Ignite events and here’s what I’ve learned: Pick strong stories and big themes. Also see: Kentucky School District Wants Project Based Learning to Outshine Testing | PBS NewsHour | April 3, 2013. GWEN IFILL: The cheating scandal in Atlanta is prompting questions again about testing and whether public schools are too focused on teaching to the test. But some places are trying new approaches. The NewsHour’s special correspondent for education, John Merrow, visited another school district in the South to see its model. JOHN MERROW: Odds are students in Danville, Ky., are attending classes that do not look like the ones you remember.

They’re learning how to make a guitar, design a presentation, debate an argument, and more. JADEN MAYES, Student, Danville High School: So, do you guys know what germs are? JOHN MERROW: Jaden Mayes and her classmates created a project for their science class, using glitter to teach preschoolers how germs spread. JADEN MAYES: So there are going to be our germs. JOHN MERROW: This is not just science. JADEN MAYES: That’s why you got to wash your hands. JADEN MAYES: These seventh graders are learning another set of skills: creativity, communication and teamwork. Reinventing a Public High School with Problem-Based Learning. 15 Digital Tools that Suppo. This post was originally published on TeachThought by Terry Heick These days, my mind is frequently on the Common Core and helping educators grapple with the new standards and expectations for literacy learning.

As we know, one of the major shifts in the ELA Standards is the expectation (and requirement) that students will be reading much more nonfiction and informational text resources. Project-Based Learning is a natural way for students to be immersed in real-world reading for real-world purposes. Terry Heick, my friend who continually steers me to the newest (and best) digital tools, highlights technology tools that support project-based learning in this informative post. Because it’s not really about technology for technology’s sake, it’s about how these tools support student learning.

I suspect this post will help you, as it did me, learn more about new digital tools that support Project-Based Learning. A Simple Project-Based Learning Process 1. 2. 3. 4. 1. Platform: iOS Price: Free.