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Project Based Learning Checklists. A Project-Based Learning Cheat Sheet For Authentic Learning. A Project-Based Learning Cheat Sheet by TeachThought Staff Like most buzzwords in education, “authenticity” isn’t a new idea.

A Project-Based Learning Cheat Sheet For Authentic Learning

For decades, teachers have sought to make student learning “authentic” by looking to the “real world”–the challenges, technology, and communities that students care about and connect with daily. You’ve probably been encouraged in the past to design work that “leaves the classroom.” Reach beyond the school walls. Why Learning Innovation Can't Come From Teachers Alone. Why Learning Innovation Can’t Come From Teachers Alone by Terry Heick Grant Wiggins, a learning expert who has inspired me since my first year in the classroom, recently wrote about the intersection of academic standards and creativity.

Why Learning Innovation Can't Come From Teachers Alone

“Why do people insist on viewing the Standards as inconsistent with teacher creativity and choice? I am baffled by such uncreative thinking. The Difference Between Projects And Project-Based Learning. The Difference Between Projects And Project-Based Learning by TeachThought Staff Projects in the classroom are as old as the classroom itself.

The Difference Between Projects And Project-Based Learning

“Projects” can represent a range of tasks that can be done at home or in the classroom, by parents or groups of students, quickly or over time. While project-based learning (PBL) also features projects, in PBL the focus is more on the process of learning and learner-peer-content interaction that the end-product itself. 20 Collaborative Learning Tips And Strategies For Teachers. 20 Collaborative Learning Tips And Strategies For Teachers by Miriam Clifford This post has been updated from a 2011 post.

20 Collaborative Learning Tips And Strategies For Teachers

There is an age old adage that says “two heads are better than one”. Consider collaboration in recent history: Watson and Crick or Page and Brin (Founders of Google). But did you know it was a collaborative Computer Club about basic programming at a middle school that brought together two minds that would change the future of computing? Yes, those two were of course Bill Gates and Paul Allen, the founders of Microsoft. Collaborative learning teams are said to attain higher level thinking and preserve information for longer times than students working individually.

Groups tend to learn through “discussion, clarification of ideas, and evaluation of other’s ideas.” Collaborative learning teams are said to attain higher level thinking and preserve information for longer times than students working individually. Many consider Vygotsky the father of “social learning”. 1. Using Technology To Redefine The Way Schools & Communities Connect. How To Connect Schools And Communities Using Technology: A New Approach by Terry Heick Fixing Detached Schools Via Tech It’s possible that there is no time in the history of education that our systems of educating have been so out of touch with the communities.

Using Technology To Redefine The Way Schools & Communities Connect

Growing populations, shifting communities, and increasingly inwardly-focused schools all play a role. In light of the access of modern technology, social media, and new learning models that reconfigure the time and place learning happens, it doesn’t have to be that way. Technology First, for the purpose of this post let’s think of technology and social media as distinct. Technology has many forms, but in education it is most visible in terms of computing hardware and software.

The software is a bit more inconspicuous because it’s embedded in the hardware. But hidden with this list is one bit of seemingly dated software that can be concept-mapped on its own in a million other directions of possibility. Technology Gift #1: Social Media. 30 Of The Best Apps For Group Project-Based Learning. 23 Ways To Use The iPad In The 21st Century PBL Classroom By Workflow.

23 Ways To Use The iPad In The 21st Century PBL Classroom by TeachThought Staff The iPad is not magic, and as many educators have found integrating them meaningfully is by no means a just-add-water proposition.

23 Ways To Use The iPad In The 21st Century PBL Classroom By Workflow

10 Team-Building Games That Promote Collaborative Critical Thinking. One of education’s primary goals is to groom the next generation of little humans to succeed in the “real world.”

10 Team-Building Games That Promote Collaborative Critical Thinking

Yes, there are mounds of curricula they must master in a wide breadth of subjects, but education does not begin and end with a textbook or test. Other skills must be honed, too, not the least of which is how to get along with their peers and work well with others. This is not something that can be cultivated through rote memorization or with strategically placed posters. Students must be engaged and cooperation must be practiced, and often. 42 Fill-in-the-Blank Prompts For Students To Design Their Own Projects. 42 Fill-in-the-Blank Prompts For Students To Design Their Own Projects by Terry Heick So often, we make learning more complicated than it has to be.

42 Fill-in-the-Blank Prompts For Students To Design Their Own Projects

Local planning requirements are usually at fault here–plan this way and prove that you’ve done so here and here, fill out this and this, etc. Those legitimate concerns aside, the following series of fill-in-the-blank prompts can be used by teachers to create lessons, students to create projects–or teachers to collaborate with students to create lessons–or projects. 12 Timeless Project-Based Learning Resources. 8 Needs For Project-Based Learning In The 21st Century. 8 Needs For Project-Based Learning In The 21st Century by Terry Heick We recently offered a definition of project-based learning, and looked at keys to designing Project-Based Learning.

8 Needs For Project-Based Learning In The 21st Century

We also have looked at the difference between “doing projects” and project-based learning, various project-based learning resources, project-based learning apps, and offered ways for using an iPad in Project-Based Learning. And have shared some practical ideas for better teaching through project-based learning as well. 10 Practical Ideas For Better Project-Based Learning In Your Classroom. By Jennifer Rita Nichols, TeachThought Intern Teachers are incorporating more and more projects into their curriculum, allowing for much greater levels of collaboration and responsibility for students at all levels.

10 Practical Ideas For Better Project-Based Learning In Your Classroom

Project- based learning is a popular trend, and even teachers who don’t necessarily follow that approach still see the benefit to using projects to advance their students’ learning. Projects can be wonderful teaching tools. They can allow for a more student-centred environment, where teachers can guide students in their learning instead of using lectures to provide them with information. The increase in classroom technology also makes projects more accessible to students. 4 Keys To Designing A Project-Based Learning Classroom -

Traditional American classrooms tend to fit a particular mold: Students face the front of the class where teachers lecture. Students take notes, finish assignments at home, and hope to memorize enough information just long enough to pass a test. Engagement and passion are often in short supply — among students and teachers. The system does not necessarily accommodate all learning styles, and even those who fair well may be missing out on other important work-life lessons, like how to creatively solve problems, stay focused, work as part of a team, and organize their thoughts in a way others will understand.

This is where project-based learning enters the equation. The Life Of A Project: Emotions And Project-Based Learning. Project-Based Learning: Inside The Life Of A Project by Terry Heick At some point, I saw “the life of a project” diagram on pinterest, and thought it did a brilliant job of capturing the emotion of teaching and learning through projects. So I took the idea, attributed to Maureen McHugh, and applied it to education. You can see the results above, and the text below. As I reproduced it, I thought a circle made more sense than a line graph, but staying true to McHugh’s vision, I kept it as a giant check mark for now. 8 Steps To Design Problem-Based Learning In Your Classroom.

What Is Problem-Based Learning? By TeachThought Staff What is problem-based learning?