Terrific Tips for Planning Top Project-Based Learning Ideas When considering project-based learning ideas, it’s best to start by thinking about where you want to go, and what you want to accomplish with your students. Although technology may play a huge role in how the projects are put together and utilized, when dealing with project-based learning you want to keep it tangible. Here are a few tips:
MASTER Tools Modeling And Simulation Tools for Education Reform MASTER Tools, developed by The Shodor Education Foundation, Inc. are the result of on-going collaborations with the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), George Mason University, and other education organizations. They are designed to be interactive tools and simulation environments that enable and encourage exploration and discovery through observation, conjecture, and modeling activities. Our growing portfolio of MASTER tools will soon be fully integrated with new collaboration tools and online research facilities to create an authentic scientific experience. All of our simulations and supporting curriculum materials are designed in accordance with the new National Science Education Standards and the National Math Education Standards. Instructional materials are currently available for GalaxSee, SimSurface, and the Fractal Microscope.
Robots to revolutionize farming, ease labor woes SALINAS, Calif. (AP) — On a windy morning in California's Salinas Valley, a tractor pulled a wheeled, metal contraption over rows of budding iceberg lettuce plants. Engineers from Silicon Valley tinkered with the software on a laptop to ensure the machine was eliminating the right leafy buds. The engineers were testing the Lettuce Bot, a machine that can "thin" a field of lettuce in the time it takes about 20 workers to do the job by hand. The thinner is part of a new generation of machines that target the last frontier of agricultural mechanization — fruits and vegetables destined for the fresh market, not processing, which have thus far resisted mechanization because they're sensitive to bruising.
Why We Love Project Based Learning (And You Should, Too!) Project Based Learning? “We’ve been doing that for years!” we can hear you say. Science projects, musical performances, etc. We give our kids a goal and then they do it. Sparticl Sparticl is a new web and mobile service for teens, a collection of the very best the web has to offer in science, technology, engineering, and math or STEM. Sparticl includes answers to science questions, images, videos, games, and hands-on activities, all curated by a team of experts. But it's also a place where teens play a critical part – ranking content, sharing it, and recommending new content, all the while earning points and badges. Sparticl is created by the award-winning National Productions division of Twin Cities Public Television, and is made possible with the generous support of 3M. We welcome content partners.
Amusement Park Physics Design a Roller Coaster Try your hand at designing your own roller coaster. You will be building a conceptual coaster using the physics concepts that are used to design real coasters. edutopia As an "Instructional Innovator" in my district, I was asked to implement project-based learning in my classroom. As a new teacher, currently in my second year of teaching fifth grade, I was nervous and excited at this prospect. The Project Thinking about the purpose of PBL, which is to have students gain deep knowledge through exploration of real-world problems, I developed a project for my class that focused on a problem I had observed the previous year: waste in my classroom. Our trashcan and recycling bin overflowed daily, with no distinction between the two. Students routinely threw away half-used pieces of paper, perfectly good pencils, and food they didn’t want.
Catalyst Initiative Innovating approaches to STEM Education in science, technology, engineering, math, computer science, and other high tech 21st century skills (STEM+) is key to social innovation and economic opportunity. HP launched the Catalyst Initiative to explore how technology can be used to create powerful STEM+ learning experiences -- and the new HP Catalyst Academy offers a rich range of mini-courses that will assist teachers in implementing these innovations. Catalyst in action The HP Catalyst Initiative is a network of leading educators, education institutions, and key stakeholders in selected countries who are exploring innovative approaches to STEM+ education.
Envrionmental Problems and Solutions Webquest Introduction Process Background Information Resources Evaluation Conclusion Teacher's Page Credits Introduction Task: To identify environmental problems and solutions, research and create a final product informing other students of an environmental problem and solution(s). Special Note: This site is currently undergoing improvements, thank you for your patience!