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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.

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

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.

150 Teaching Methods | The Center for Teaching and Learning | UNC Charlotte Lecture by teacher (and what else can you do!) Class discussion conducted by teacher (and what else!) Recitation oral questions by teacher answered orally by students (then what!) Attachment: 150 Teaching Methods [PDF, 33 KB]

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

ShowMe - The Online Learning Community NETTB2-excerpt.pdf 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

Featured Project Detail : Adobe Youth Voices .: AnimAction, Inc - Awareness Through Animation ™ :. In June 2006, Adobe launched a new global philanthropic program, Adobe Youth Voices. The program engages 12-18 year-olds with digital tools to develop critical skills necessary to become active and engaged members of their communities. Through documentary filmmaking, animation, digital images, audio and web projects, these youth are encouraged to "create with purpose" and have a voice in changing their communities. AnimAction was invited to collaborate as an animation training partner with Adobe Youth Voices partners iEARN, the world's largest non-profit global network of K-12 educators and youth using technology to design and collaborate on projects that make a difference in the world, and Listen Up! AnimAction trained 60 youth and teachers in animation at the Adobe Youth Voices, Christel House India Learning Centre based in Bangalore. The collaborative efforts of all the partners developed into a resounding success as you can read from the comments from teachers and youth.

Revolutionary New Technology + Old Teaching Methods = In a recent post on her blog, Duke's Cathy Davidson responds to a New York Times article on the increasing popularity of iPads in schools, arguing that iPads, or any technology, aren't a panacea for education. To support her point, Davidson tells the story of how, when she was a Vice Provost at Duke, she helped create a program that gave iPods to incoming freshman. However, she points out that these students weren't simply given the new music player and expected to carry on as if everything were the same -- that is, as if they were given a textbook or pencil -- but were instead asked to become educational innovators themselves. The program, which began when there was no iTunes store and podcasting had yet to become a widespread practice, was extraordinarily successful. Which leads to Davidson's point: "if you change the technology but not the method of learning, then you are throwing bad money after bad practice." ie., What Does ‘Open Book’ Mean in a Networked Age?

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