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 open educational resources (OERs) has transformed the world of K-12 learning materials. No longer are educators tied to canned curricula. Now they can use an idea developed by a teacher in another state or even across the globe.
Maybe you have a great…
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.
Discussions about mobile learning often center on the technology and its capabilities — which, to be sure, are impressive. But treating mobile devices as simply a novel tactic for classroom engagement is to overlook the golden egg: mobile technology's incredible potential for developing kids…
These days, ed tech coaches are in high demand, thanks in part to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), which require educators to integrate technology into the classroom. Much like the…