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PBL – the best teaching method in the 21st century instruction

PBL – the best teaching method in the 21st century instruction
Let me start this article with what Obama says in a speech at the Center for American Progress : “ Let’s be clear — we are failing too many of our children. We’re sending them out into a 21st century economy by sending them through the doors of 20th century schools.” This is a true statement issued from the lips of a political person rather than an educator. There is a profound disconnect between what students are being taught and what the actual world is demanding of them as adults. It sounds like there exists two worlds one inside the school and the other outside. This double faced situation has a direct impact on today's educational landscape creating thus the popular controversy of “ the right person in the wrong place “ dilemma. There is a huge need for a total reformation of school systems and curriculums to better fit in the 21st century education. Today, however, I am introducing you to a teaching ,or better say, instructional method that is called Project Based Learning. Related:  PBL (ABP)21st century students

How Does Project-Based Learning Work? Tools for understanding the process of planning and building projects. Project-based learning, as with all lessons, requires much preparation and planning. It begins with an idea and an essential question. Have in mind what materials and resources will be accessible to the students. Teacher Eeva Reeder developed and implemented an architecture project for her geometry students. Here are steps for implementing PBL, which are detailed below: Start with the Essential Question The question that will launch a PBL lesson must be one that will engage your students. "Questions may be the most powerful technology we have ever created. Take a real-world topic and begin an in-depth investigation. Among many other wonderful resources for understanding PBL, the Buck Institute for Education (BIE) offers a great tutorial on how to "Craft the Driving Question." PBL blogger Suzie Boss describes a variety of project kickoff ideas in How to Get Projects Off to a Good Start. Create a Schedule

Suomalainen koulu kiinnostaa Yhdysvalloissa Sahlberg sai pari viikkoa sitten Yhdysvalloissa sadantuhannen dollarin arvoisen Grawemeyer-koulutuspalkinnon ja hänen suomalaista koulujärjestelmää esittelevää kirjansa käännetään parhaillaan yli kymmenelle kielelle. Yhdysvalloissa suomalainen järjestelmä kouluruokineen ja välitunteineen vaikuttaa eksoottiselta. Yksityisten palveluiden varaan rakennetussa maassa yhteiskunnan rahoittama koulu kuulostaa miltei sosialismilta. - Kyllä tuo on aika yleinen kommentti, jos tällaista järjestelmää lähdetään sinne markkinoimaan. Toisaalta Yhdysvalloissa on yleistymässä myös näkemys, että tasa-arvoisempi ja oikeudenmukaisempi koulutusjärjestelmä tulee määrittämään maan tulevaisuuden. PISA-huumaa ei ole hyödynnetty Sahlbergin mukaan PISA-palkittu suomalainen kouluosaaminen voisi olla houkutteleva vientituote Yhdysvalloissa, mutta hyvää mainetta ei toistaiseksi ole osattu tuotteistaa. - Tässä on toistakymmentä vuotta menty PISA-huumaa, eikä ole kovin pitkälle päästy. Suomen systeemistä pidettävä kiinni

Aprendizaje basado en proyectos en 10 pasos El aprendizaje basado en proyectos es una de las nuevas tendencias educativas más eficaces. Su poder está en la capacidad de enganchar al alumno en torno a un tema que le motiva y que satisface su interés por explorar nuevos conocimientos. A pesar de que los proyectos deben cumplir los contenidos mínimos marcados en los currículos oficiales, tenemos la libertad para elegir los temas con los que los alumnos aprenderán lo que exige la ley. A veces el tema podrá ser elegido por el profesor, otras veces por los alumnos y otras veces de manera compartida, pero siempre debe partir de las necesidades e intereses del grupo. Aunque este post no pretende ser una guía para programar proyectos, a continuación se exponen 10 pasos que desde mi punto de vista pueden ayudar a empezar: Elegir el tema vertebrador del proyecto.

How Do We Prepare Our Children for What’s Next? Culture Digital Tools Teaching Strategies Paul Schultz What kids learn at a young age will determine whether they're prepared for a future full of unknowns. When most of us were deciding what to major in at college, the word Google was not a verb. It wasn’t anywhere close to being conceived at all. Neither was Wikipedia or the iPhone or YouTube. Fast forward a couple of decades (or more) and we see that the career landscape has changed so drastically that jobs need new definitions. Some of us could ask ourselves if we would have embarked upon our current careers had we predicted how the Internet would revolutionize every part of our lives? “We’re 15 years into something so paradigm-changing that we have not yet adjusted our institutions of learning, work, social life, and economic life to account for the massive change.” Davidson offers three can-do suggestions for parents: EXPERIMENT WITH SCRATCH. Here’s the full transcript of my interview with Davidson. Q. A. Q. A. Q. A. Cathy Davidson Q.

9 Characteristics Of 21st Century Learning The label of “21st Century learning” is vague, and is an idea that we here at TeachThought like to take a swing at as often as possible, including: –weighing the magic of technology with its incredible cost and complexity –underscoring the potential for well thought-out instructional design –considering the considerable potential of social media platforms against its apparent divergence from academic learning Some educators seek out the ideal of a 21st century learning environment constantly, while others prefer that we lose the phrase altogether, insisting that learning hasn’t changed, and good learning looks the same whether it’s the 12th or 21st century. At TeachThought, we tend towards the tech-infused model, but do spend time exploring the limits and challenges of technology, the impact of rapid technology change, and carefully considering important questions before diving in head-first. The size of the circles on the map are intended to convey priority. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.

Inquiry HUB Cheap Smartphones Will be Widespread by 2017, Study Says Most smartphones are hefty investments, each leaving buyers a few hundred dollars in the hole. But that may soon change, as a new study says half of all smartphones will cost less than $150 in only a few years. Conducted by Informa Telecoms & Media, the study predicts that the smartphone market will be split into two extremes: low-end devices and high-end devices, retailing for less than $150 and more than $250, respectively. Pricier phones, however, will find their market share shrinking from 85% of total smartphones sold in 2011 to 33% in 2017, the study says. On the other hand, the popularity of cheaper handsets will explode to 52% of total sold in 2017. In the future, smartphones will also get cheaper. How much did you spend on your current smartphone? Image courtesy of Flickr, Beshroffline

What the Heck Is Project-Based Learning? You know the hardest thing about teaching with project-based learning? Explaining it to someone. It seems to me that whenever I asked someone the definition of PBL, the description was always so complicated that my eyes would begin to glaze over immediately. So to help you in your own musings, I've devised an elevator speech to help you clearly see what's it all about. PBL: The Elevator Speech An elevator speech is a brief, one- or two-sentence response you could give someone in the amount of time it takes to go from the first floor to the second floor in an apartment building. So the elevator opens up, a guy walks in and out of the blue asks you, "What the heck is project-based learning anyway?" You respond accordingly: "PBL is the act of learning through identifying a real-world problem and developing its solution. "That's it?" "Well, no," you reply. After all, if we just look at that definition, it doesn't state certain trends in PBL. A More Elaborate Response

ShowMe - The Online Learning Community Neurolinguistics: Language and biology Neurolinguistics: Language and biology Central Nervous System Peripheral Nervous System basic cellular unit (chemical transmission, neurotransmitters dopamine, serotonin, acetylcholine) 1. Brain anatomy: The brain (average weight 1400gms) has structure Neurology: the science and medicine of the brain (related to neuron = brain cell). Neuroscience: just the science part of neurology, plus (sometimes) the study of artificial neural networks (i.e. connectionism). Neuropsychology: a branch of neurology that deals with the connections between the brain and behavior, using cognitive psychological models. Neurolinguistics: a branch of neuropsychology that deals with language. The major parts are: Cerebellum: the little brain near the back Cerebrum: the famous part of the brain. All vertebrates have this characteristic. More about the cortex: Within the cortex, information seems to be processed in a parallel distributed fashion, as in a connectionist network. Cortical wrinkles: terminology: 2. Advantages:

The Cycle of Inquiry and Action: Essential Learning Communities Sidebars:The Cycle of InquiryKey to Teacher Inquiry: Framing the Question, Planning the ResearchWhat Counts as Data?Three Ways of Looking at a Colleague: Protocols for Peer ObservationReadings and Resourcs In a true learning community, inquiry becomes everybody's work. Teaching, learning, community involvement, leadership, organizational management and change, professional growth–all take place in a continual dynamic of asking good questions and finding evidence that can guide a school's actions. The kids who skip school, the kids who cut class, and the kids kicked out of class all end up, at some point, in Greg Peters's office at Oceana High School. "I could spend all my time just checking up on kids," says Peters, a math teacher and the attendance officer at this 800-student school in Pacifica, California, a diverse, working-class community about half an hour south of San Francisco. And their findings usefully highlighted some issues at the school. A Cycle: Inquiry and Action

Internet-palvelujen ja sosiaalisen median käyttö yleissivistävän koulutuksen oppilaiden keskuudessa Toteutin syksyllä 2012 kyselytutkimuksen, jolla pyrin kartoittamaan yleissivistävän koulutuksen piirissä olevien oppilaiden kokemuksia ja näkemyksiä Internet-palvelujen ja sosiaalisen median käytöstä. Erityisesti pyrin saamaan mukaan oppilaita, joilla oli opiskelun kautta kokemusta Internet-palvelujen ja sosiaalisen median käytöstä, ja siksi kohdistin kyselyn sosiaalisen median kehittämishankkeisiin osallistuneiden koulujen oppilaille. Vastaajien ikäjakauma oli hyvin laaja, ja vastaajiin kuului sekä perinteiseen lähiopetukseen että verkko-opetuksena toteutettuun etäopetukseen osallistuvia oppilaita. Kyselyssä selvitin oppilaiden Internet-palvelujen ja sosiaalisen median käyttötapoja, hyödyntämistä oppimisen tukena sekä palvelujen käyttöä koulussa ja vapaa-ajalla. Internet-palvelujen ja sosiaalisen median käyttötavat Kyselyyn vastanneet kertoivat olevansa Internetin käytössä aktiivisia ja osaavia. Hyödyntäminen oppimisen tukena Internet-palvelujen ja sosiaalisen median käytön yleisyys

PBL: Jumping in Headfirst Editor's Note: Matt Weyers and co-author Jen Dole, teachers at Byron Middle School in Byron, Minnesota, present the first installment in a year-long series documenting their experience of launching a PBL pilot program. The Project-Based Learning (PBL) Pilot Program we will be embarking on this year has been several years in the making. Approximately two years ago, a group of educators from our district attended an Innovative Quality Schools Conference in Minneapolis. The conference focused on student-centered teaching methods designed to increase achievement and engagement in students of all ability levels. Are our current teaching practices rewarding compliance or student engagement? Two years, several conversations, and a new District Strategic Plan later, the PBL pilot was on its way to being born. The Path We Took Minnesota's Achievement and Integration Program was established to close Minnesota's academic achievement and opportunity gap. Photo Credit: Matt Weyers and Jen Dole

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