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Problem-based Learning Explained for Teachers + 6 Great Books to Read. Problem based learning ( PBL) is a teaching strategy that involves the minimum amount of direct and formal instruction characteristic of lecture based teaching.

Problem-based Learning Explained for Teachers + 6 Great Books to Read

In a PBL model, students are provided with complex problems to work on and during the process they get to learn the lesson content and theoretical knowledge underlying the problem. 16 Ideas for Student Projects using Google Docs, Slides, and Forms. As you probably know, Google Drive is far more than a place to store files online.

16 Ideas for Student Projects using Google Docs, Slides, and Forms

It also includes a suite of versatile creation tools, many of which perform the same functions as the ones we use in other spaces. These include Google Docs, a word processing program that behaves similarly to Microsoft Word, Google Slides, a presentation program similar to PowerPoint, and Google Forms, a survey-creation tool similar to Survey Monkey. Although Drive also includes other tools, these three are particularly useful for creating rigorous, academically robust projects.

If your school uses Google Classroom or at least gives students access to Google Drive, your students are probably already using these tools to write papers or create slideshow presentations, but there are other projects they could be doing that you may not have thought of. Below I have listed 16 great ideas for projects using Google Docs, Slides, and Forms.

Annotated Bibliography Book Review Book Review Collaborative Story. Making Projects Click. Good-to-Go Projects for 2014. Image credit: iStockphoto When teachers ask how to get started with project-based learning, I acknowledge the "front-loading" that's part of project planning.

Good-to-Go Projects for 2014

Before students enter the picture, teachers need to consider the learning goals of a project, develop an assessment plan, and map out at least a rough calendar of the learning activities that will support the inquiry process. Those details may change once students dig in, but having a plan provides a roadmap for the student-directed learning ahead. Motivating and involving teachers in applying Project Based Learning. Motivating and involving teachers in applying Project Based Learning The big decision has been made and three letters are to dominate the curriculum at your school- and your professional life consequently- in the foreseeable future: PBLAnd YES, project based learning has invaded your and your colleagues' teaching.

Motivating and involving teachers in applying Project Based Learning

In previous posts I have referred to the problems one may encounter when integrating it into the syllabus ( Roseli Coffee Desk: Integrating PBL into your syllabus) and how technology can help (Boosting PBL with the aid of technology). But another equally important problem arising is how teachers can be motivated and be actively involved in applying PBL rather than shifting into the automatic pilot mode.Top-down or Bottom-up approach?

Integrating projects in the syllabus can be done either by the school leadership or by the educators - Personally, I've always preferred the second one as it: Who leads the way? " have done it". Does uniformity have to be achieved? 1. Boosting PBL with the aid of technology. Boosting PBL with the aid of technology Project Based Learning (em)powered by technology!

Boosting PBL with the aid of technology

Feeling your Project Based Learning approach is stuck in stagnant waters? Making use of learning technology can give a boost to the projects assigned in class and motivate learners. Why use technology? No matter how much most of us dread technology and despite the horror stories we often hear, technology can: 1.Motivate learnersTechnology is part and parcel of their daily routine and the majority of them feel confident using it. 2. Given the recent economic crisis, access to hard copies of reference material is becoming more and more difficult. 3. 4. The outcome can be extremely impressive with web 2.0 tools such as wordclouds. 5. Public speaking can be challenging even for the most experienced teacher – let alone a learner. 6. The Epic Romeo and Juliet Project. The Epic Romeo and Juliet Project Update 1 - 3/28/2011 Subtitled: What the hell am I thinking?

The Epic Romeo and Juliet Project

This is the first update on how the Romeo and Juliet project is going. What have I got myself into? Who in their right mind thinks that a joint production of Romeo and Juliet is an awesome idea? This is what standardized tests fail to assess #EdChat #PBLChat. Since I made the switch to Project Based Learning, I am always amazed at the different projects I receive from my talented students.

This is what standardized tests fail to assess #EdChat #PBLChat

These projects manage to show me a depth of understanding that a multiple choice test could never reproduce. Recently, students were asked to create their own project and rubric for The Great Gatsby. I received some really good projects, but this one struck me as something really special. All projects needed to be approved before the students were allowed to start work, but I never expected this when my students asked to write a song for the book. Here is Maddie V's completed project, Maddie wrote the music, played the piano and wrote the lyrics for this song.

There is no doubt that Maddie could take a test on Gatsby and get an A. Wesfryer-Mapping-Media-to-the-Curriculum-»-playingwithmedia-navigational-aides.jpg (614×501) Campus Pack Community - Objects of Interest.


Bloom’s Taxonomy Bloomin’ Pinwheel. Over the past few weeks I have been sharing some of my Boom’s Taxonomy re-imagines.

Bloom’s Taxonomy Bloomin’ Pinwheel

I created these for my classroom so that I could share Bloom’s with my kids in different ways that would make our classroom fun, but also give them a different way of viewing the information. Today I am sharing my Bloomin’ Pinwheel. As I started making my Bloom’s re-imagines, students started coming to me with ideas of how to display the information.

The pinwheel was a student recommendation. I think it turned out pretty cute! Below you will find my original Bloomin’ Pinwheel, along with my digital version. Here are links to the digital tools in my Boomin’ Pinwheel: Remember: Teaching With Technology - A Basic Checklist.