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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.

A Step-by-Step Guide to the Best Projects

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. 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.

Creating an Authentic Maker Education Rubric

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. 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. 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.

Project Based 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.


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.

AAEC - Association of American Editorial Cartoonists

(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. NOTE: You'll need the free Adobe Acrobat Reader to use these files. iEARN. Curriculum for Global Sustainability Education.

NGT1303.pdf. 12 Timeless Project-Based Learning Resources. The Fastest Way to Create an Ignite Presentation. I set myself the challenge of preparing my first Ignite presentation as fast as possible.

The Fastest Way to Create an Ignite Presentation

The Ignite presentation format is a 5 minutes long presentation with 20 slides and with the slides advancing automatically every 15 seconds. How to give a great Ignite talk. Ignite is a presentation format that’s simpler than Pecha Kucha but longer than lightening talks.

How to give a great Ignite talk

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? Kentucky School District Wants Project Based Learning to Outshine Testing. 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.

Kentucky School District Wants Project Based Learning to Outshine Testing

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. 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.

15 Digital Tools that Suppo

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.