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Next Year Will Be Even Better – Genius Hour Ideas. Ten of the best virtual field trips | eSchool News | 2. (Virtual field trips are listed in alphabetical order.) 1. Arctic Adventure Free to the entire K-12 community, this programming uses the allure of Arctic dogsled expeditions and Arctic research as the vehicle through which K-12 teachers and students gain an understanding of natural and social sciences while they experience the cultures of the Arctic. Since 2000, these adventurous learning expeditions have circumnavigated the Arctic to observe, experience, and document traditional ecological knowledge and collect previously unknown in-situ environmental realities–while collaborating with K-12 students and teachers in state-of-the-art online learning environments.

Standard-aligned curricula are also available. 2. Global Trek This adventure from Scholastic looks like Expedia or Travelocity, but is created for students eager to explore the world … from their computer. 3. 4. Sometimes students just want to explore something cool, like chocolate. 5. (Next page: Five more) PYP Transdisciplinary Themes. Who we are: an inquiry into The nature of the self Beliefs and values Personal, physical, mental, social, and spiritual health Human relationships including families, friends, communities, and cultures Rights and responsibilities What it means to be human Where we are in place and time: an inquiry into Orientation in place and time Personal histories Homes and journeys The discoveries, explorations and migrations of humankind How we express ourselves: an inquiry into The ways which we discover and express ideas, feelings, nature, culture Beliefs and values The ways in which we reflect on, extend and enjoy our creativity Our appreciation of the aesthetic.

How the world works: an inquiry into The natural world and its laws The interaction between the natural world (physical and biological) and human societies How humans use their understanding of scientific principles The impact of scientific and technological advances on society and on the environment. Five essential elements. Maranausd. 5 Tools to Help Students Learn How to Learn. Helping students learn how to learn: That’s what most educators strive for, and that’s the goal of inquiry learning. That skill transfers to other academic subject areas and even to the workplace where employers have consistently said that they want creative, innovative and adaptive thinkers.

Inquiry learning is an integrated approach that includes kinds of learning: content, literacy, information literacy, learning how to learn, and social or collaborative skills. Students think about the choices they make throughout the process and the way they feel as they learn. Those observations are as important as the content they learn or the projects they create. “We want students thinking about their thinking,” said Leslie Maniotes a teacher effectiveness coach in the Denver Public Schools and one of the authors of Guided Inquiry: Learning in the 21st Century. “We want them reflecting on the process and the content.” A good example is a long term research project.

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Science Matters. Project Planner. Albuquerque Public Schools (New Mexico) Project Based Learning - Partnerships Make A Difference . . . Sponsor of the "Growing Together" Network. Twenty Tips for Managing Project-Based Learning. In honor of Edutopia's 20th anniversary, we're producing a series of Top 20 lists, from the practical to the sublime. 20 Tips for Managing Project-Based Learning 1.

Use Social Media One of the best ways to document collaboration and engage students with technology is use social media platforms like Edmodo. Students can use it to share ideas, you as the teacher can use it to formatively assess where students are in terms of products and content knowledge, and it is a great way to have real evidence of collaboration. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. Bonus! A quick note on these tips: There is no real silver bullet to get every single kid under the sun engaged in your classroom, but good teachers use all the strategies they can muster.

- 14 Amazing Project Sites: A STEM, PBL, Common Core Series - A Goldmine of Resources. 0 Comments June 8, 2013 By: Michael Gorman Jun 8 Written by: 6/8/2013 3:20 PM ShareThis The STEM and PBL Series Part 5… 14 Amazing Project Sites…. A STEM, PBL, Common Core Series… A Goldmine of Resources I hope you have enjoyed the series and if you missed any post, feel free to click above! BIE Tools – PBL Project Search – Here you will find a collection of 450 proven lesson plans to set any PBL desire into action. West Virginia PBL Project Data Base – This is a wonderful site where teachers can search through the subjects of reading, language arts, math, science, social studies, dance, visual arts, theater, and music. Learning Reviews – This website claims to connect kids to learning on the web.

Here are more than 30 websites with free PBL examples, guidance, rubrics, and templates. Others Talladega School Collection - Great collection of PBL resources, projects and ideas.