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Infographic: Help your students save the world

Infographic: Help your students save the world

11/06/2015

Topics: Project-based learning, STEM & STEAM

This is an updated version of a post that originally published on July 14, 2015.  

Let's say you’re 9 years old and you’re curious about the world around you. Not just your neighborhood. But your state. Your country. Your planet.

You're curious because…

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Add student voice to digital citizenship with PBL

Add student voice to digital citizenship with PBL

10/20/2015

Topics: Digital Citizenship, Project-based learning

If off-the-charts student engagement, increased problem-solving skills and deep learning are the hallmarks of project-based learning, perhaps it’s time we applied the approach to another hot education topic:…

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Learn something new with the ISTE Professional Learning Series

Learn something new with the ISTE Professional Learning Series

10/16/2015

Topics: Advocacy, Curriculum, Digital Citizenship, Digital storytelling, Gamification, Project-based learning, STEM & STEAM, Tools

Ready to learn something new? Expand your digital toolkit and explore new ideas for learning and teaching with the latest season of the ISTE Professional Learning Series. Presented by members for members, these free web events deliver new ideas and strategies right to your computer so you can…

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Transforming with tech? Get everyone on board

Transforming with tech? Get everyone on board

10/14/2015

Topics: Education leadership, Project-based learning

School- or districtwide tech initiatives have a way of tipping over not just the education apple cart, but also the tomato truck, and sometimes, the whole semi-truck full of watermelons. That’s why it’s important to get it right. And to do that,…

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4 easy ways to fit maker activities into your curriculum

4 easy ways to fit maker activities into your curriculum

10/09/2015

Topics: Makerspaces, Project-based learning, Robotics, STEM & STEAM

If student engagement equals deeper learning, then making school fun might just be the key to improved learning. 

Imagine the looks on students’ faces when you tell them that today, right there at school, their job is to become toymakers. Once they get over the shock, they’ll be…

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Get students psyched about science with hands-on projects

Get students psyched about science with hands-on projects

10/07/2015

Topics: Project-based learning, STEM & STEAM

Susan Brown describes her classroom as low tech, but that didn’t stop her from coming up with an award-winning project that sparked students’ interest in science and earned her funding for some high-tech tools.

Brown, a teacher at Northland Preparatory Academy in Flagstaff…

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19 places to find the best OERs

19 places to find the best OERs

09/17/2015

Topics: Flipped learning, Mobile learning, Online learning, Project-based learning, Tools

The arguments for jumping on the open educational resource (OER) bandwagon are convincing.

For one, they bring down the high cost of textbooks, from as much as $150 per book per student to $0. Consider this impact in specialty subjects like music and art, where you could access…

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Should schools be responsible for teaching character dispositions, such as grit and adaptability? No

Should schools be responsible for teaching character dispositions, such as grit and adaptability? No

09/10/2015

Topics: Curriculum, Digital Citizenship, Personalized Learning, Project-based learning, Standards

Each parent has a different set of ideals for their children, including where they want them to go in life, how they want them to act and whom they should associate with. These ideals are based on norms from their community, where they live, the religious views of the family and beliefs they…

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Should schools be responsible for teaching character dispositions, such as grit and adaptability? Yes

Should schools be responsible for teaching character dispositions, such as grit and adaptability? Yes

09/10/2015

Topics: Curriculum, Personalized Learning, Project-based learning

As we all know, when babies learn to walk, they fall. A lot. We don't throw a cushion under them to soften the blow or grab their hands to keep them from failing, because if we did, they wouldn't experience — or learn from — defeat. This is how they learn perseverance, the value of taking risks…

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The complete guide to using machinima in the classroom

The complete guide to using machinima in the classroom

08/25/2015

Topics: Gaming, Project-based learning, Video

Ask any fifth grader to show you their favorite video, and you will likely see a Minecraft LP (which stands for “let’s play”) video. Chances are, when they aren’t playing games on their computers and phones, they are probably watching…

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