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Project, Problem, and Passion-Based Learning (PBL) Resources. 10 creative alternatives to research reports and papers. Research reports and papers have been around a long time.

10 creative alternatives to research reports and papers

They haven’t evolved much. Here are 10 ways to make them more relevant. (Flickr / Nic McPhee) In high school and college, I suffered through quite a few research reports and papers. I gathered data, cited sources, followed MLA style and double spaced. I turned in my papers. I still have one political science paper I wrote hiding out in a trunk full of papers in my basement. The merits of doing research and creating these reports and papers are valid. 53 Ways to Check for Understanding. Watch and Learn: Observing the PBL Classroom. How to Create the Learning Community Vital to Project-Based Learning’s Success. Project-based learning has become a hot topic as educators look for ways to effectively get students solving problems, working collaboratively and producing evidence of their learning.

How to Create the Learning Community Vital to Project-Based Learning’s Success

But as educators turn to this long-standing pedagogy for content delivery, it’s easy to forget to build up the learning skills and dispositions that make the approach successful. “We don’t need more individual ways of teaching that only do one small thing,” said Laura Thomas, director of the Antioch Center for School Renewal. High Tech High - Project Based Learning. Assessment can be very tricky in Project-Based Learning (PBL).

High Tech High - Project Based Learning

In traditional programs, projects are often assigned and assessed only at the end of a unit, with the end product representing 100 percent of the project grade. Team members may either divide points or receive the same grade. We have to ask ourselves, "Why do we assess only the final product? " and "Why do our assessments tend to be summative in PBL? " Even as we emphasize good products, we know that students don't always know how to collaborate or solve problems. We suggest reducing the final product grade to fifty percent or less, with the remainder given to assessment of behaviors through observation, daily logs, and reflective thinking as evidenced in a journal.

Authentic Student Learning. Project Based Assessment. How to Study Help students learn to study well.

Project Based Assessment

We offer a number of great resources. View Study Skills. Collaboration Rubric. Making Performance-Based Learning Work. Imagine having to fly in a twin-engine airplane to visit one of your schools.

Making Performance-Based Learning Work

Average round-trip price: $2,500. But, there is no other way, and worse yet, weather frequently interferes. Critical Thinking and Problem Solving - P21. Reason Effectively Use various types of reasoning (inductive, deductive, etc.) as appropriate to the situation Use Systems Thinking Analyze how parts of a whole interact with each other to produce overall outcomes in complex systems Make Judgments and Decisions.

Critical Thinking and Problem Solving - P21

iEARN: Assess. Project Based Learning. 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.” Project Based Learning, Learning and Education. The Teacher's Quick Guide To Pinterest. The following article is by Julie Delello of the University of Texas at Tyler.

The Teacher's Quick Guide To Pinterest

She can be reached at jdelello[at] if you have any questions or comments. Children learn social skills by interacting freely with peers. Playgrounds provide an opportunity for children from different classrooms to interact and enhance skill development. What if there was a place for the teachers to play, learn new skills, and network with others? For some, the relatively new social network site Pinterest has become a virtual playground allowing users to “pin” inspiring images from around the web.

As a new teacher, it’s easy to become overwhelmed trying to create motivating lessons while managing the responsibilities within the classroom. Pinterest, created in 2009 and launched in March of 2010, has been ranked 10th out of the top visited social networking sites across the world, allowing users to search for pins with a specific theme or subject. Getting Started Set up an account. Is Project-Based Learning the Way to Go? : KQED Education. To respond to the Do Now, you can comment below or tweet your response.

Is Project-Based Learning the Way to Go? : KQED Education

Be sure to begin your tweet with @KQEDEdspace and end it with #DoNowPBL For more info on how to use Twitter, click here. Do Now To what extent should project-based learning be part of everyday science classrooms? Share your reasoning. Introduction. The Anatomy of Project Based Learning Process. Students at Sonoma Elementary excited about project-based learning. Ten dots changed the way Erin Willard's class of kindergartners learn in the classroom.

Students at Sonoma Elementary excited about project-based learning

After reading the book "Ten Black Dots" for a math lesson, the class began to ask questions. Willard, a kindergarten teacher at Sonoma Elementary School, said their interest sparked a month and a half dot lesson that included art, reading, writing and math. Illustrative Chart on Project Based Learning Vs Problem Based Learning. Teaching Science in the 21st Century: Student-developed Driving Questions in Science PBL. One of my favorite aspects of project-based learning is that students identify the areas within a topic that are most fascinating to them, and then dive into that area. I'm very interested in this questioning process, and you can read about our question-storming around hydroelectricity and ecology at the beginning of this school year, and our more wide-open questioning as we started our science geniushour, or - as we're calling it - Science Innovation Time.

PBL Resources from The Ground Up. October 6, 2014 Here is a good resource on project based learning I discovered a few days ago that I want you to have a look at.The Global School Network has this page packed full of materials and resources on what teachers need to know about PBL in order to effectively integrate it into their instruction. And though the page hasn't been updated for a few years now but still all the resources it has are relevant. I have spent sometime sifting through them and I found them really interesting. The first resource is an introduction to what PBL is all about and provides some materials to help teachers grapple with classroom management issues. Using Gallery Walks for Revision and Reflection.

One of the Eight Essential Elements of Project Based Learning is Revision and Reflection. This important element enables learners to improve their work through the use of feedback from multiple sources – peers, teacher, and expert. However, giving and receiving feedback from others can be tricky. It can take time, and the giver might not know how to frame his or her feedback, both in terms of content and tone. The receiver might take critical feedback personally, or be misled by feedback that is off-target in some way. In Kentucky, Moving Beyond Dependence On Tests : NPR Ed. The white, split-rail fences of horse farms line the two-lane road that takes you southwest from Lexington. It's a beautiful half-hour drive to Danville, Ky. Settled in 1783, the town is proud of its history. In Constitution Square, across Main Street from Burke's Bakery, sits a tiny log cabin that was once the first post office west of the Allegheny Mountains. A school in Danville, Ky., has become a national exemplar.

9 Essential Skills Kids Should Learn. Post written by Leo Babauta. Kids in today’s school system are not being prepared well for tomorrow’s world. As someone who went from the corporate world and then the government world to the ever-changing online world, I know how the world of yesterday is rapidly becoming irrelevant. I was trained in the newspaper industry, where we all believed we would be relevant forever — and I now believe will go the way of the horse and buggy.

Unfortunately, I was educated in a school system that believed the world in which it existed would remain essentially the same, with minor changes in fashion. We were trained with a skill set that was based on what jobs were most in demand in the 1980s, not what might happen in the 2000s. And that kinda makes sense, given that no one could really know what life would be like 20 years from now.

Flattening the School Walls - Education Week Teacher. Kids as Tour Guides: Integrating Student Created Media into History Class. EdSurge Newsletters Receive weekly emails on edtech products, companies, and events that matter. 23 Ways To Use The iPad In The 21st Century PBL Classroom By Workflow. 30+ YouTube Channels for Teachers. Here is a resource of some great education YouTube channels Saga has recently compiled.

The list is organized according to different content areas and has over 190 YouTube channels making it one of the most comprehensive list I have ever come across online. I am sharing with you some of the channels from this list and invite you to check the full list HERE. 1- YouTube EDU: Launched in 2009, Youtube EDU centralizes content from over 100 universities and colleges, providing access to lectures, research, and campus tours. Think of it as an enormous global video classroom within the YouTube framework, divided into three sub-categories: Primary & Secondary Education, University and Lifelong Learning.

What Keeps Students Motivated to Learn? Educators have lots of ideas about how to improve education, to better reach learners and to give students the skills they’ll need in college and beyond the classroom. Education World: Expeditionary Learning Melds PBL, Common Core. In Common Core, Teachers See Interdisciplinary Opportunities. 8 Ways to Help Introverts Brainstorm for Creative Projects. What Happens When You Ask Fifth Graders to Solve a Big Life Problem? A Little Bit of Genius. It's just before 9 a.m. near the start of the day at P.S. 307, an elementary school in Brooklyn's rapidly gentrifying DUMBO neighborhood. Located across from a public housing project, P.S. 307 is mere blocks away from Brooklyn's burgeoning tech scene, where companies like Etsy, Kickstarter and Makerbot are headquartered.

The clock strikes the hour and, on cue, around 60 fifth graders stream into the school's sunny auditorium. It's Friday, May 8, the culmination of Big Idea Week, during which mentors from local tech companies collaborate with elementary schools in Brooklyn and Queens to teach students about entrepreneurship, STEM and 21st-century careers. For the last four days, the fifth graders at P.S. 307 have worked with mentors from Etsy, Facebook, ScriptEd and Flocabulary to develop their own 'Big Ideas.' 7 Ways to Hack Your Classroom to Include Student Choice. For a long time, when educators discussed differentiating instruction and meeting students’ individual needs, they did so through the framework of Learning Styles. However, in the last few years the idea of student achievement being impacted by lessons taught to their particular learning style has been debunked. No scientific, educational research has proven the validity of teaching for student learning styles; in fact, this blog post collected 10 statements from educational researchers that actually disprove the use of such approaches.

We covered the same topic in The Myth of Learning Styles, where we made the point that, “Instructors should not just take into consideration a learner’s style, but also their background and interests.” This suggestion is based in solid research, which documents the positive relationship between student interest and academic success. 4 Principles Of Student-Centered Learning. 10 Ways to Get Student-Centered Learning Right. Photo credit: Francisco Osorio.

4 Ways to Ensure Students Learn While Creating. A Dictionary For 21st Century Teachers: Learning Models. How to Foster and Unleash a Creative Mindset in Your Students. What Are The Habits Of Mind? How to Turn Any Classroom Into a Makerspace. Learning is an experience. How To Kill Learner Curiosity In 12 Easy Steps. School Design: Every School Is A Think Tank. 12 Mistakes Schools Make When Introducing The Next Big Thing -