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Here' 's how we achieved real tech integration

Here's how we achieved real tech integration

06/28/2014

Topics: 1:1, Education leadership, Learning spaces, Mobile learning, Personalized Learning, Project-based learning

The biggest challenge I faced during the waning days of the 2013-14 school year was responding to comments, questions and dismay from teachers after they learned the 1:1 technology would not be available during the final three weeks of school. All I can say is three years ago, I would never…

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Using formative tools to improve PBL outcomes

Using formative tools to improve PBL outcomes

06/19/2014

Topics: Project-based learning

In a high school art room, I watched a student working at an easel.

When I asked about her progress, she explained that she was attempting to paint sunflowers in the style of Monet, her favorite artist. She told me she liked how the flowers were looking but said the vase was giving her…

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Bring passion to the classroom with Genius Hour

Bring passion to the classroom with Genius Hour

06/12/2014

Topics: Personalized Learning, Project-based learning

Every student has a passion project inside, waiting to emerge if invited to do so. These dreams lie just beneath the surface, built on experiences and stories, fears and achievement. They just need a spark to catch fire.

It is the job of teachers and other adults to provide that spark…

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Leading a school of innovation and design

Leading a school of innovation and design

06/10/2014

Topics: Education leadership, Learning spaces, Personalized Learning, Project-based learning

What is a school of innovation and design? In this one-hour webinar, you'll hear the inspiring story of how Pittsburgh's Propel Braddock Hills High School is successfully integrating…

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The Digital Learning Center, designed to create world class thinkers, offers integrated thematic units in a student-centered classroom that allows for deep levels of differentiation.

This is what personalized learning looks like!

06/09/2014

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

Stepping into the Digital Learning Center's seventh grade classroom, you'll see students spread out in small groups — some on couches, others on rugs on the floor, some working together at tables and some at…

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Connecting the classroom one relationship at a time

Connecting the classroom one relationship at a time

05/31/2014

Topics: Project-based learning, Standards

Todd Nesloney works in a big school district. In fact, it's one of the largest in Texas, but not for the reasons you might expect. It doesn't have the most students, but it does cover a lot of ground. Waller Independent School District, located between Houston and Austin, spans 328 square…

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A flipped journey: How PBL rescued my classroom

A flipped journey: How PBL rescued my classroom

04/11/2014

Topics: Flipped learning, Project-based learning

When I first started flipping my classroom, I hated it.

I was baffled, because I remember hearing about flipped learning and immediately thinking, "This is brilliant! I want to do this!" Flipping was…

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Signposts to guide project-based learning

Signposts to guide project-based learning

01/22/2014

Topics: Project-based learning

When you're engaged in project-based learning, a good project often feels like a journey. It has a timeline with clear starting and ending…

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How a group of kids helped Burmese refugees find jobs

How a group of kids helped Burmese refugees find jobs

01/18/2014

Topics: Project-based learning

Joblessness: It's a problem even the U.S. government has trouble solving. But ask a group of middle school students to tackle it, and suddenly the lives of more than two dozen struggling refugee families become infused with hope.

When students from Neuse Christian Academy decided to…

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What if kids hold the solutions to our biggest problems?

What if kids hold the solutions to our biggest problems?

01/15/2014

Topics: Project-based learning

Kids possess amazing brains. Their capacity to adapt and solve problems can make adult jaws drop at times. Yet all too often, students spend that brainpower on busywork whose end result consists of nothing more than another paper to take home in their backpacks.

What if, instead, we…

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