Learning Circles Teacher Guide The Learning Circle Teacher Guide provides a structural approach to promoting cross-classroom collaboration with telecommunications. The first chapter is a condensed version of the whole guide. If you want to understand this model of online teaching and learning, this first chapter is a good place to begin. Learning Circle Introduction The Learning Circle Teacher's Guide is organized around the six phases of Circle interaction: The description of each Learning Circle phase has a similar structure. The narrative of Learning Circles interaction can be read--from beginning to end--by following the links at the book of the each narrative. Learning Circle Phase Structure In describing Learning Circles interaction, there are frequent links to different Learning Circles themes. Learning Circle Themes Computer Chronicles Places and Perspectives Society's Problems Mind Works Energy and the Environment Global Issues To Begin at the beginning
Project Based Learning Resources (image from education-world.com) Project Based Learning (PBL) is a great way to teach students content, 21st century skills, and engage them in something fun and educational. I spoke more about PBL in an earlier blog ( and we had some great reader comments (Tech&Learning, May 2009, page 14). Today I'd like to give some tips and ideas on how to get started with PBL in your classroom. First of all, PBL can be used in any classroom, in any subject, at any grade level. PBL does take planning. For instance, I teach physics and developed a project for my classes on structures and stress and strain. Another example of PBL is having the students research a topic and present it to the rest of the class through a multimedia presentation, website, or poster. Start small. Another idea for projects is to look at your school or community and see what they need. Some web resources to get you started:
What Is PBL Really? Do you want to engage your students in Project Based Learning (PBL)? Maybe you are asking yourself what is PBL really? Am I doing it right? Well, first of all, the most important thing to understand is that PBL is a construct made up by human beings and so there are lots of variations! And you are entitled to construct your own version, too, within some parameters. My suggestion is to study many of the great resources that are available to you and then create your own working definition and effective PBL practice. Some Parameters to Consider I have created this diagram, enhanced by the critical eye of Brenda Sherry, which may be useful as you consider what is important to you and to your students. We like to think with the frame of continua rather than dichotomies simply because things are rarely on or off, black or white, ones or zeroes! You could likely add other dimensions to consider as you build your own understandings and beliefs! Trust Who is in control? Questioning Collaboration
How To Start Integrating Coding Into Project Based Learning – from Kate Wilson This post first appeared on Edudemic. True Project Based Learning (PBL) challenges students to acquire deeper knowledge of a concept by establishing connections outside their classroom. According to the research on PBL, the main tenets are to create real world connections, develop critical thinking skills, foster structured collaboration, motivate student driven work, and enable a multifaceted approach. Similarly, coding applies all of these core tenets as programs require logical thinking, team work, a variety of tools, and – most importantly – perseverance on the part of the student. Consider the potential of applying the challenges of coding to the proven successful tenets of PBL. Coding Application: Find a solution to a problem by creating an App or Website Douglas Kiang (@dkiang), AP Computer Science teacher at Punahou School, used PBL in his classroom to encourage his students to connect with their community. Coding application: Coding requires a series of logical steps Related
What Project-Based Learning Is — and What It Isn’t Screenshot/High Tech High The term “project-based learning” gets tossed around a lot in discussions about how to connect students to what they’re learning. Teachers might add projects meant to illustrate what students have learned, but may not realize what they’re doing is actually called “project-oriented learning.” And it’s quite different from project-based learning, according to eighth grade Humanities teacher Azul Terronez. Terronez, who teaches at High Tech Middle, a public charter school in San Diego, Calif says that when an educator teaches a unit of study, then assigns a project, that is not project-based learning because the discovery didn’t arise from the project itself. “If you inspire them to care about it and draw parallels with their world, then they care and remember.” For Terronez, the goal is to always connect classroom learning to its applications in the outside world. When Terronez assigns a writing project, it’s rarely just for a grade. Related
Differentiation and explicit teaching in English | Teaching AC English Aprendizaje cooperativo. Preparación de una prueba o examen en grupo El aprendizaje cooperativo es una herramienta muy útil para la preparación tanto de pruebas como de exámenes. Esta entrada tiene la intención de proponeros una sencilla actividad para que la llevéis a cabo en la sesión lectiva anterior a una prueba o examen. ¿En qué consiste la actividad de preparación de una prueba o examen? Material: Media hoja en blanco para cada alumno.Media hoja en blanco por grupo.Un bolígrafo azul y otro rojo.Libro de texto o apuntes del tema o de la Unidad Didáctica. Tiempo de realización: Una sesión lectiva: 50′-55′ min. Pasos a seguir: 1. 2. Responder con un sí o un no (p.e. Hay que procurar que las preguntas sean claras y eviten en todo momento la ambigüedad. 3. 4. 5. 6. ¿Qué ventajas tiene esta actividad? ¿Cómo se evalúa la actividad? Esta actividad de aprendizaje cooperativo se puede evaluar: Nota de actitud y cooperación. De esta forma se consigue que al final de la sesión lectiva el profesor pueda obtener dos notas en una misma sesión lectiva. Una recomendación:
Express 10.04 - Field Notes: PBL as Organized Chaos Field Notes PBL as Organized Chaos Brian DeRose Walk into my high school classroom on any given day, and it will most likely look like chaos. Real-World Projects The students are working on a three-week print-advertising project using industry-standard software and competing with one another for scholarship money (which the sponsoring company will award). My main goal as an educator, especially in CTAE, is to know that my students can use what they are learning and apply it to a project, particularly one that is relevant to their lives. Career-Building Skills A recent study by the Conference Board, Corporate Voices for Working Families, the Partnership for 21st Century Skills, and the Society for Human Resource Management looked at the readiness of new entrants to the workforce. Time-Saving Technology Research has proven time and again that we learn best by doing—that is, that project-based learning is an effective method of learning. So, is PBL worth doing? ASCD Express, Vol. 10, No. 4.
7 Tools Students Can Use to Manage Group Projects Any teacher who has assigned group projects to students has at some point had to help those students organize and equitably distribute work. (Or has had to listen to students complaints about other group members not pulling their weight). Here are some tools that you can have students use to manage their responsibilities when working on group projects. Pegby is a good website for organizing the tasks that you and or your team need to get done. Teambox is a free service that allows you to create and manage a collaborative workspace for team projects. Enter the Group is a new free service offering collaborative project management for groups. Todoist and its sister service Wedoist are easy-to-use task management services for individuals and groups. Trello is a free service designed to help individuals and groups manage tasks. Wiggio is a collaboration tool designed to make scheduling group meetings easier. Ta-da List is a simple to-do list creation tool built by 37 Signals.
10 Apps For More Organized Project-Based Learning Project-Based Learning, by definition, is flexible. It encourages learner-centeredness, provides the possibility of more authentic work, and allows learners to self-manage and self-direct in places they used to have their hands held. But this has its drawbacks. There are a variety of ways to support students in project-based learning, including organized digital learning spaces that support creative thinking, collaboration, and ultimately project management. 1. Platform: iOS How It Can Help: Pure overkill for most classrooms, but if an extremely powerful productivity and project management is what you need and you’ve got a $50 iTunes card burning a hole in your pocket, this could be just what the doctor ordered. 2. Platform: iOS How It Can Help: By enabling the reading and subsequent annotation of almost any file-type for research, collaboration, and content curation. 3. Platform: Android & iOS How It Can Help: 4. Platform: iOS 5. Platform: Android & iOS 6. Platform: Android & iOS 7. 8. 9. 10.
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Comunidades de Aprendizaje, soñando en la escuela que queremos ¿Qué son las Comunidades de Aprendizaje? Las Comunidades de Aprendizaje (CdA) son un proyecto de transformación social y cultural de un centro educativo y de su entorno basado en el aprendizaje dialógico y la participación de la comunidad, con el objetivo de que todas las personas tengan acceso a la sociedad de la información. ¿Cuáles son las bases científicas de las Comunidades de Aprendizaje? Las CdA parten de las teorías científicas más relevantes (Vygotsky, 1979; Habermas, 1987, 1998; Freire, 1997; entre otros) y se basa en un conjunto de Actuaciones Educativas de Éxito (AEE) avaladas por la comunidad científica internacional, que han aportado evidencias de obtener las mayores mejoras allá donde se han desarrollado. A su vez, las AEE se han analizado en profundidad en el proyecto de investigación INCLUD-ED, el único de Ciencias Sociales seleccionado por la Comisión Europea en su lista de las 10 mejores investigaciones científicas. Por Equipo de Comunidades de Aprendizaje.
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