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What happens when students embrace design thinking? - A.J. JULIANI. The Global Day of Design just wrapped up on May 2nd.

What happens when students embrace design thinking? - A.J. JULIANI

If you want to see what happens when 80,000+ students embrace design thinking, check out the Twitter stream and #GDD17 hashtag! Students from six different continents (over 20 countries) participated and rocked this event in the second year in existence. Teachers and entire schools carved time out for students to not only beginning with empathy, not only brainstorm and navigate ideas, but to make, create, build, and design while in school. This was only one day, and although the event was a success for our students, the real question is: What happens when students embrace design thinking beyond one day?

For this, I wanted so share a story that 2nd-grade teacher Carin Zecca wrote in her blog: Today we decided to write cards to our school Nurse, as tomorrow is School Nurse Appreciation Day. The students started working diligently on their cards. As the other classes came, we shared what others had done. But now we have to spread the word. GoneGoogle. Managing Your Project on Pinterest. Project-Based Learning. Getting Started with Project-Based Learning (Hint: Don't Go Crazy) Before the start of the school year, many of us want to use the remaining weeks of summer to learn some new skills -- such as project-based learning (PBL).

Getting Started with Project-Based Learning (Hint: Don't Go Crazy)

One of the things we stress for new PBL practitioners is, as I say, "don't go crazy. " It's easy to go "too big" when you first start PBL. I have heard from many teachers new to PBL that a large, eight-week integrated project was a mistake. So how do you start PBL in ways that will ensure your success as a learner and teacher? Here are a few tips to consider. Start Small As I said, "Don't go crazy! " Plan Now. Getting to grips with project based learning. One of the things that I love to start my classes with is a ‘mission statement’ of what we will achieve by the end of the day.

Getting to grips with project based learning

By doing this, we can then use our coursebook materials as a means of reaching that end goal, rather than the book itself being the focus. For example, instead of stating that ‘by the end of today, we will have finished pages 11, 12 and 13’, I say ‘by the end of today, we will have learned about the education systems of different countries, made comparisons and presented our findings to our classmates.’ For quite a while I felt quite pleased with myself for having come up with a motivating way of going about teaching; that is until I realized that I was basically implementing a Project-based Learning approach.

Project-Based Learning Research Review. Editor's Note: This article was originally written by Vanessa Vega, with subsequent updates made by the Edutopia staff.

Project-Based Learning Research Review

Studies have proven that when implemented well, project-based learning (PBL) can increase retention of content and improve students' attitudes towards learning, among other benefits. Edutopia's PBL research review explores the vast body of research on the topic and helps make sense of the results. In this series of five articles, learn how researchers define project-based learning, review some of the possible learning outcomes, get our recommendations of evidence-based components for successful PBL, learn about best practices across disciplines, find tips for avoiding pitfalls when implementing PBL programs, and dig in to a comprehensive annotated bibliography with links to all the studies and reports cited in these pages.

Are We Taking Our Students’ Work Seriously Enough? ” credit=”Erin Scott In the course of studying different aspects of children’s environments, Dr.

Are We Taking Our Students’ Work Seriously Enough?

Roger Hart noticed that “a lot of supposedly participatory projects had a distinct air of tokenism. Children were being put on display, so to speak, as though they were actively participating, but they were not taken seriously.” To get people talking about this issue, Hart, who serves as director of the Children’s Environments Research Group at the City University of New York and helps lead the Article 15 Project, a children’s rights organization, adapted a colleague’s ladder metaphor.

He labeled the rungs: Emergent math. Could PBL be the Solution to Education Reform? While I was taking a survey today about Response to Intervention (RTI) I began to reflect about how RTI and Data-Driven Instruction have affected my school.

Could PBL be the Solution to Education Reform?

In the past few years, I have noticed teachers becoming overwhelmingly stressed about Standardized State Tests. Teachers feel like they don't have enough time to lesson-plan in order to appropriately meet the needs of their students. Moreover, teachers feel that the precious planning-time in which they do get is being wasted during team meetings and other scheduled events. Teachers are becoming depressed because they are feeling like they are doing their students a disservice by "teaching to the tests" and there isn't anything that they can do about it. This unfortunately creates an extremely negative atmosphere that is contagious to all valued stake-holders in a school system. 10 Ways to Teach Innovation. Getty By Thom Markham One overriding challenge is now coming to the fore in public consciousness: We need to reinvent just about everything.

10 Ways to Teach Innovation

Whether scientific advances, technology breakthroughs, new political and economic structures, environmental solutions, or an updated code of ethics for 21st century life, everything is in flux—and everything demands innovative, out of the box thinking. Free Resources and Tools for Replicating Project-Based Learning. Educators from High Tech High in San Diego, California, and the Whitfield Career Academy's 21st Century Learning Academy in Dalton, Georgia, have provided these resources for you to use in your own school.

Free Resources and Tools for Replicating Project-Based Learning

Students in Whitfield County take on a range of multidisciplinary projects. A middle school science student (left) identifies the parts of a fish before painting it to make a Japanese-style gyotaku print, and students (right) learn math and physics while building an outdoor classroom. Credit: Grace Rubenstein (left); David Markus (right) Click on any title link below to view or download that file.

Integration Strategies for PBL. This series is about taking your PBL projects "up a notch.

Integration Strategies for PBL

" I wrote a blog about how to get started, but after you get started and are familiar with the benefits of keeping it small and focused, what are some of your next steps? One area where I see teachers taking their PBL projects up a notch is through integration. However, integration is actually quite complicated and includes many levels of implementation. Project-Based Learning Research Review. Free Resources and Tools for Replicating Project-Based Learning. Education – Google Maps.

Scratch - Imagine, Program, Share. Download the West Point Bridge Designer - Version 4. 3D for Everyone. Physics in Action Podcast. Illy Beagle Productions produces the student-centered educational podcast "Physics In Action," a secondary-level podcast in which each episode brings you applications and analysis of physics in such diverse settings as sports, movies, video games, and television.

Physics in Action Podcast

We also take a look into the frontiers of physics exploration, and highlight interviews with exciting personalities on the leading edge of physics innovation and application. So join us on our trip into the fantastic world of physics, and don't forget, you can always check out our main podcast website at, or subscribe free by clicking on our podcast logo! What To Expect Physics in Action is designed as an amalgamation of both audio and video segments related to physics in our world. These segments are as varied as the interests of those creating the podcast. Of course, in many cases the activities and situations we explore are more complex than just the single base concept we apply. CASES Online: Creating Active Student Engagement in the Sciences. What is CASES Online? CASES Online is a collection of inquiry-based lessons to engage K-12 and undergraduate students in exploring the science behind real-world problems.

Through CASES, you can transform your students into motivated investigators, self-directed and life-long learners, critical thinkers and keen problem solvers. Welcome to My Science Box! Curriculum: K-12 CIESE Engineering Projects. Alpha: Computational Knowledge Engine. PBS LearningMedia. Khan Academy. GSF2013.

DiscoverE. Educators. DESIGN SQUAD NATION . Home. Contributing a Collection - NSDL Documentation Wiki - UCAR Wiki. Become part of the nation's premiere online library for free science and mathematics education resources The National Science Digital Library is always looking to expand its collection of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) learning material. Most of the library's resources are contributed by individuals who have submitted their materials as a collection and passed the accessioning criteria.

Contributors of collections are often NSF grant awardees, STEM educators and learners, nonprofit educational organizations, and many other users and community members. Their collections are assemblages of related digital resources---usually brought together around a topic or theme, type of resource, audience, or institution. Each resource in the collection has its own URL, since this is how the library is indexed and organized. There are many benefits of contributing materials to the National Science Digital Library. STEM Education Resource Center. Welcome to PBS Teachers STEM Education Resource Center! Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Resources for Grades PreK-12 PBS offers all Americans the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds related to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) learning through television and online content.

On-line broadband access and digital media are dramatically changing the opportunities available to the nation’s educators improving STEM education. Our recent national educator survey (Grunwald, 2009) indicates that more teachers than ever before are turning to digital media resources to help their students understand concepts, practice new skills and engage in exciting, authentic learning experiences.

Resources for STEM Education. Whats New in Engineering. Siemens STEM Academy - Home. EDUCATION THROUGH EXPLORATION. National Engineers Week Future City Competition™ The Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge is the premier National Science Competition for students in the 5th-8th grade. Kids' Science Challenge: Fun Educational National Competition!

Siemens We Can Change The World Challenge. Click here to find the latest information about the 2015 Siemens Competition including the announcement of finalist, student & judges bios and project abstracts. Launched by the Siemens Foundation in 1999, the Siemens Competition is the flagship initiative of the Foundation and a symbol of our commitment to education in the United States. The nation’s premier competition in math, science and technology, the Siemens Competition promotes excellence in math, science and technology. High school students submit innovative individual and team research projects to regional and national levels of competition as they vie for college scholarships ranging from $1,000 up to $100,000.The Siemens Competition honors the best and brightest students for their accomplishments in math and science – students who are changing the world for the better. STEM-Science Technology Engineering Mathematics.

WestEd offers professional development, evaluation, research, coaching, and assessment development in all STEM subjects, including the less commonly addressed fields of technology and engineering. Much of our work provides support for the Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards. We offer teacher professional development and classroom lessons to help students reach key mathematics standards, address and overcome common misconceptions, and develop academic language. We also prepare teachers, K–8, to navigate challenging concepts in life, earth, and physical science, as well as support their students’ reading, writing, and discourse in science.

High Tech High - Project Based Learning. Seven Successful PBL Projects. IU Education - The PBL Academy: Login to the site. Project Based Learning Ideas, Lesson Plans, Examples, Templates. Teach21 Project Based Learning. Project Based Learning. Problem-Based Learning: Our Brains Abhor Cliffhangers.

Our brains don’t like unresolved issues. We don’t do well with open questions. Hollywood figured out long ago that cliffhangers are sticky — that our brains remember unresolved issues longer than plotlines that just plod along. Those pioneer producers invented the “cliffhanger” to get you to come back to the cinema, Saturday after Saturday, to see if the cowboy would save the damsel in distress or if the mad scientist would be stopped by the superhero just in the nick of time. What It Takes to Become an All Project-Based School. New Tech Network. Project Based Failing: The Goal is NOT Student-Centered. Over the past five years, I have spent a great deal of time shifting 20% of my class from being teacher-centered to student-centered. Stove Project Sparks Global Youth Action.

What's the Difference Between "Doing Projects" and "Project Based Learning"? Research-Supported PBL Practices. A Design Challenge to Students: Solve a Real-World Problem! Teaching Strategies. Project Based Learning and iPads/iPods. Have You Been Seduced Into Screwing Everyone Else On The Planet? A Great Project Based Learning Checklist for Teachers. How to Make Your Classroom a Thinking Space. Project-Based Learning Idea: Students Create Their Own Viral Video. I am continuously inspired by the increasing number of shared video content which let’s face it, in this digital age, we can’t really avoid.

The sharing and re-sharing of videos via email and through Facebook and Twitter have undoubtedly given rise to the phenomenon of these ‘viral’ videos. It goes without saying that shared video content is more popular than ever before, with more than 48 hours worth of video being uploaded to YouTube every single minute. Given that YouTube is the most popular video sharing website on the web, and only six years old, there is huge potential for virtually any video content to go viral.

What Is A Viral Video? A viral video is quite simply a video that becomes popular through internet sharing. For businesses it has become a widely used marketing tool; viral marketing dates back to the mid-1990s when marketers wanted to create slogans or taglines that would be spread through word-of-mouth. Project Based Learning – meaningful action … or merely activity?

Re-Imagining the Comprehensive High School. 21st-Century Projects Inspire Global Citizenship Plus Creativity. Reframing and Refining the Worksheet. Six Steps for Planning a Successful Project. Five-Minute Film Festival: Tips and Tools for PBL Planning. Today's Target - The Classroom Progress Tool. PBL Made Easy With Blended Learning. Project-Based Learning Research: Best Practices Across Disciplines. Reframing and Refining the Worksheet. What Project-Based Learning Is — and What It Isn’t. Six Strategies for Differentiated Instruction in Project-Based Learning. Project-Based Learning Research: Evidence-Based Components of Success.

23 Ways To Use The iPad In The 21st Century PBL Classroom By Workflow. Project-Based Learning Research: Evidence-Based Components of Success. Tools to Support Project-Based Learning (PBL) - Teq. Ramping Up Technology for Your Next PBL Project. Ramping Up Technology for Your Next PBL Project.

We <3 PBL. 23 Ways To Use The iPad In The 21st Century PBL Classroom By Workflow. In Albuquerque, A Charter School that Recruits Drop-Outs? - Living in Dialogue. Got a Problem? Students Can Find the Solution. Project-Based Learning Research Review. Practical Tips for Mobile Learning in the PBL Classroom. PBL Teachers Need Time to Reflect, Too. PBL. Project-Based Learning. In the Classroom. CTLS - Center for Teaching, Learning and Scholarship. PROBLEM-BASED LEARNING (PBL) Project Based Learning. PROBLEM BASED LEARNING DESCRIPTION. Problem-Based Learning Faculty Institute - What is PBL? Problem-based learning.

Work That Matters: A Teachers Guide to Project-Based Learning. The Power of a Project. 11 Essential Tools For Better Project-Based Learning. Project-Based Learning: Success Start to Finish. Integrated Projects = Deeper Learning. Project-Based Learning: Success Start to Finish.