Globalizing Teacher Education » Middle/High School – Project-Based Learning Project-based learning is an approach to teaching in which students respond to real-world questions or challenges through an extended inquiry process. It often involves peer collaboration, a strong emphasis on critical thinking and communication skills, and interdisciplinary learning. The High Tech High schools in San Diego are grounded in a project-based approach to instruction. The curriculum is teacher-designed and teachers are encouraged to craft lessons and projects that respond to student interests and teacher passion. Many of the teachers have strong global connections and international interests. The Gaga Pit Students in Mr. Article – Going Gaga: “Constructing” a Math Community Walking the Silk Roads Each year, Mr. VideoArticle – Walking the Silk Roads Modern-Day Slavery Humanities teacher, Jaimee Rojas, connected past and present when studying slavery with her 8th grade students. Article – I am the Change: Modern Day Slave Project African Bushmeat Project New Americans Project Describe
Three Responses to "But I Don't Have Time to Blog" Earlier this month at the Authentic Learning Workshop I was asked, "what do you say to teachers who say I don't have time for a blog?" I offered a few responses and here they are: First, don't think of blogging as something you have to do on a daily basis. Some of my favorite bloggers only publish once or twice a week. Second, think about a blog as a living document. Third, think about all of the time that you spend on activities that don't benefit you or anyone else.
SLJ Reviews Gobstopper and Subtext: Apps that Enable Interactive Classroom Reading “If you think about math teachers, they’ve always been able to give assignments in which students are required to show their work. That makes it easy for them to check individual understanding, pretty much on a daily basis. English and humanities teachers who give extended reading assignments have never had that luxury. Instead, they’ve comparatively been flying blind, taking it on faith that most students have done the required reading, without knowing for sure, and moving along daily without solid evidence that kids are really ‘getting it.’” That’s what Jason Singer, the CEO and founder of Gobstopper, told me was the central issue his product is designed to address: the challenge of ensuring that every student is meaningfully moving forward in a given reading assignment—and not just faking it. Subtext, launched a year ago and currently available as a free iPad and Edmodo app, is another application that doubles as a collaborative reading platform that focuses on Common Core skills.
High Tech High - Project Based Learning San Diego Bay Field Guide Author: Jay Vavra, Tom Fehrenbacher Grade level, subjects: Biology, Humanities, Mathematics; 11th Grade Essential questions: "How can we be better environmental stewards of the San Diego Bay?" Duration: 16 weeks Description: Students conduct an environmental assessment of the fauna along the intertidal zone of San Diego Bay. They publish a comprehensive Field Guide including scientific studies, creative writing, photographs, and histories of human development, industry, environmental measures, mapping and other changes to Bay. CA standards/domains: Biology, U.S. Assessments: Along with conventional subject-matter tests, expectations for critical thinking, planning and organization, problem solving, and presentation skills require ongoing project-specific performance evaluations though the use of journals, student reflections, rubrics, process analysis sheets, deadline completion check-offs, and culminating presentations of learning. About the Author Dr.
A Must-Have Guide to Canadian Education #Hashtags Looking to kick-start your Twitter identity this summer? Using social media to connect with other educators can be a great way to learn new things, chat with others who are doing similar things in their classroom, and to meet new colleagues. The handy infographic below (created by MindShare Learning) highlights some of the more popular education hashtags on Twitter – that are specific to Canada! A Quick Hashtag Refresher: Whether you’re a new or seasoned Twitter user, you likely come across confusing hashtags that probably look like a bunch of nonsense. The # symbol, called a hashtag, is used to mark keyword or topic in a Tweet. For example, the popular #edchat hashtag is used by thousands of users every Tuesday. The Hashtag’s Early Start One of the more interesting things to know about hashtags is how they started being widely used.
Daily Five and Technology As of this moment, one of the bigger movements in my school district at the elementary level involves The Daily Five, by Gail Boushey and Joan Moser. “The Daily Five is a series of literacy tasks (read to self, read with someone, writing, word work, and listening to reading) which students complete daily while the teacher meets with small groups or confers with individuals.” The book “explains the philosophy behind the structure,” and it shows teachers how to train “students to participate in each of the five components.” As teachers begin to implement different aspects of the Daily Five into their classrooms, many teachers have been curious as to how one would integrate technology with the Daily Five. Read to Self: There are countless websites that students can use in order to record themselves while they are reading. Finally, if you have a Twitter account (and you should), the quickest way collaborate and get fresh ideas about the Daily Five is by searching for #d5chat.
The PBL Super Highway… Over 45 Links To Great Project Based Learning Welcome to another post that I know you will want to share and bookmark. As I travel the country I constantly have teachers ask me for places to find some engaging PBL ideas! Below you will find the collection of links I have started to assemble. Enjoy and please take a moment to subscribe by email or RSS and also give me a follow on Twitter at mjgormans. Booking Info – Are you looking for a practical and affordable professional development workshop for your school or conference? The PBL Super Highway… 45 Great Idea Links! Are you on a journey to find great PBL ideas? BIE Tools – PBL Project Search – Here you will find a collection of 450 proven lesson plans to set any PBL desire into action. Other PBL Idea Generators While the sites below may not all always provide a total PBL unit, they will offer an idea starter for a some great PBL. Challenges and Competitions Did you know that a challenge or competition can be a great base for PBL? Like this: Like Loading...
Katie Salen on the Power of Game-Based Learning (Big Thinkers Series) Student: It's really cool school. I've never gone to a school quite like it. Student: Well, we get to design games and play each other's games, so instead of just doing work, work, work all day. Student: Well, we have the basic classes of a school, but we gave them different names, like math is called Code World. Science is the Way Things Work. Student: We learn everything that all the other schools learn. Katie Salen: My name's Katie Salen and I wear a couple of different hats. Quest to Learn is a new sixth grade through twelfth grade public school that opened in New York City in Fall 2009, and it's a school that has the tagline, school for digital kids. So it's a school that from the ground up has been designed to leverage the kind of digital lives of kids, and it also looks at the notion of how games work as learning systems, and it's developed a pedagogical approach that delivers what we call game-like learning. Teacher: Okay.
Incorporating Technology in the Daily 5 by Matthew Radowski on Prezi Expanding the Use of Tech in the Classroom | attempts at using tech effectively in our classrooms As I began to think about my attempt to gain sponsors for Glass, it made me think about an infographic (at the bottom of this post) that came my way a few months ago. I especially started to think about this when reflecting on something Jessy Irwin (@jessysaurusrex) said in response to my last post, Glass in the Classroom?. She said it’s important to get a tool like Glass into the hands of students who might never have access to it. While I do not want to pretend that I was the first person to embrace technology in my district (far from it), I was one of the most highlighted, in terms of news stories and such. While I might debate some of the numbers in this infographic when comparing it to our district (though perhaps not when also comparing it to the district across the creek), I can completely agree with the last line, stating that 2 out of 3 teachers want more technology in their classroom. via OnlineUniversities.com and Allison Morris Like this: Like Loading...
11 Ways to be an Inquiry-based Teacher It’s hard to run an inquiry-based classroom. Don’t go into this teaching style thinking all you do is ask questions and observe answers. You have to listen with all of your senses, pause and respond to what you heard (not what you wanted to hear), keep your eye on the Big Ideas as you facilitate learning, value everyone’s contribution, be aware of the energy of the class and step in when needed, step aside when required. You aren’t a Teacher, rather a guide. You and the class find your way from question to knowledge together. Because everyone learns differently. You don’t use a textbook. And then there’s the issue of assessment. Let me digress. So how do you create the inquiry-based classroom? ask open-ended questions and be open-minded about conclusionsprovide hands-on experiencesuse groups to foster learningencourage self-paced learning. In the end, know that inquiry-based teaching is not about learning for the moment. Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-8 technology for 15 years.
27 Habits That Produce 21st Century Teachers Preface: There are typos in this infographic that, if our social media channels and the comments section are telling us anything, are beyond grating and distracting. This infographic was not created by us, however, so we can’t edit it. If typos and grammar errors make you rage, click away now. Most TeachThought readers know that one of your central themes is clarifying 21st century learning. Like many of you, we find a lot of the discussion a bit tired (Innovate! Connect!!) In that respect, we try to offer a little bit of something for everyone. While we silently wonder if they’ve jumped the shark, they’re everywhere. She calls it something else, but either way you slice it, it explores the same topic we’ve looked at before–and will look at again.