There's no shortage of tools to drive project-based learning. The trick to choosing the right tool for the job is to first think about what you are trying to accomplish, then select accordingly from the apps, websites and hardware at your disposal.
Suzie Boss, co-author of …
For two years, I taught in Cape Town, South Africa. My students, who were from townships right outside Cape Flats, had the opportunity to attend a boarding academy, which was a safer environment than other nearby schools. Most of them had not been exposed to much technology, and because their…
Last week, we asked our social media followers to share their favorite resources for project-based learning. We got nearly two dozen responses from PBL advocates in our network.
The explosion of teacher-created openly licensed educational resources, also known as open educational resources or OER, has transformed K-12 learning materials. No longer are educators tied to commercially produced curricula. Now they can use an idea developed by a teacher in another state or…
For too many students, doing mathematics means just plugging numbers into a memorized formula to get an answer. And because they don’t understand the formulas they’re using, they often fail to use the right one.
Take a look at Isaac’s work below, for example. He is a fifth grade…
Teachers these days are eager to meet students where they are. And where they are is online — posting on social networks, playing online games, reading blogs, communicating with videoconferencing tools and more.…
When I first watched a 3D printer in action, I went through a rapid progression of reactions:
" "Never eat soggy waffles!" " I thought this mnemonic device for remembering the points on a compass would be enough for my second graders to learn cardinal directions. As it turns out, all it did was enable my students to mindlessly fill in north, east, south and west on the test I had…
" "Who likes to write stories?" "
I posed this question to a class of fifth graders and watched as only a smattering of hands raised. Many of their faces revealed their true feelings toward the topic: Noses scrunched. Scowls and grimaces surfaced. One child even scooted his chair…
Earlier this year I decided to set up learning zones, or geographical positions located around our school, where students could explore online learning experiences. But instead of sending students to these locations and asking them to complete an activity, I flipped it.