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Apr 11, 16

All Project-Based Learning is Not Created Equal: What Works?

All Project-Based Learning is Not Created Equal: What Works?

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Best Practices in Project-Based Learning with Suzie Boss

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Project-based learning (PBL) works, but not all project-based learning is alike. PBL Expert Suzie Boss takes …
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Jan 19, 16

name generators for giants, detectives, people, and all kinds of things. This is a cool tool to use for Game Based Learning in the Classroom. Love this!

Sep 30, 15

Documented methods that the implementation of blended learning has improved the traditional school system. The Clayton Cristensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation shares twelve of these case studies.

Sep 29, 15

"Ainsworth, Prain and Tyler  (2011) in a paper in Science argue that  drawing  can play a number of  important roles in learning:, namely:

Drawing to enhance engagement — surveys have shown than when students draw to explain they are more motivated to learn compared to traditional teaching of science.
Drawing to learn to represent in science — the process of producing visual representations  helps learners understand how scientific representations work.
Drawing to reason in science — student learn to reason like scientists as they select specific features to focus on in their drawings, aligning it with observation, measurement and/or emerging ideas
Drawing as a learning strategy — if learners read a text and then draw it, the process of making their understanding visible and explicit helps them to overcome limitations in presented material, organise and integrate their knowledge and ultimately can be transformative.
Drawing to communicate — discussing their drawings with their students provides teachers with windows into students’ thinking as well being a way that the peers can share knowledge, discovery and understanding."

Sep 27, 08

Amanda Stone and the teachers in Hoover City use this to teach internet safety. They have to pass certain courses. The teachers set up the student accounts and the teachers manage their own classroom -- controlling their buddy lists and everything. The teachers connect w/ their students on the weekends and off times w/ their kids.

Great entry to a virtual world!!! It bans them if they do innappropriate things -- so their goal for 5th grade is to get zero bans for the year. The teacher can control it. Each student have their own woogie -- eg. Davisteacher would be me -- my students would be davis1 davis2, etc.
Pretty cool.
A digital citizenship game that I like- Woogi World - K-6 Virtual School for #aste2015 #digcit people

A digital citizenship game that I like- Woogi World - K-6 Virtual School for #aste2015 #digcit peopl…

Jan 02, 15

An awesome list of novels based upon the awards they have won and book lists they've made. LIterature teachers will find this fascinating.

Jul 09, 14

"Back to the Drawing Board: The 5Js

In the 1990s, the Austin-based educational organization, SEDL, developed a technology professional development framework called the "5Js." The five 'J's, which I will explain in further detail in this article, are:
just enough
just in time
just in case
just try it."

Feb 04, 14

An awesome PInterest Board by edutopia with resources you can use for Digital Learning Day. This is an excellent example of how you can use Pinterest Boards to share research and best practices.

Feb 03, 14

Digital Learning Day is February 5. Here are resources and how you can celebrate this in your school this week. There will be many live seminars and webinars online as well as live broadcasts. Join in!

Jan 08, 14

A report by the US Department of Education Technology from February 2013 (anyone know why this is still a draft?) that shares how we should measure and promote non cognitive factors like grit, tenacity and perseverance. This is one paper to share and discuss.

Dec 02, 13

If you want to learn some very cool things here is a synopsis of watching more than 70 hours of TED talks with links. I love these types of summary posts (any wonder?)

Nov 30, 13

This infographic with links and information about the many learning theories is one that college profs would love to use. This also demonstrates the power of useful infographics. I'm clipping this to Evernote to keep it handy. Very useful tool.

Oct 23, 13

Create micro-courses or find them and learn from them. This is the web app for Coursmos but there are also apps for your phone, etc. This might be an interesting thing to do with students to have them create demos, etc. about how to do tasks. Very interesting.

Oct 22, 13

So many great presentations and ideas from the K12 online conference this year. Check out the schedule and join in!

Oct 22, 08

K12 online conference has started this week -- enjoy it!
K12 Online is a fantastic resource for all educators. There are many great speakers lined up for this year's conference. While I missed out on submitting this year (not having AC for most of August got me out of kilter) there are so many incredible educators there that it will be an AWESOME source of learning. Plan ahead and MARK YOUR CALENDARS to participate.

May 31, 13

An excellent show with Angela Maiers @angelamaiers and all of the business innovators behind the choose 2 matter movement. This show on Huff post live is a great way to find out about the Quest 2 Matter movement.

The quest is open until mid June - what a great way to end the school year.

May 18, 13

Another one of my students has been writing and sharing on the Kindle Kids Corner. Here's an interview she did about trends in Young Adult fiction and I agree with so much of what she's written. This is another example of how authentic projects can transform a student. This happened to come out of one of my favorite kindle book sites - Kindle Nation Daily and an email conversation I had with the author Steven Windwalker (penname.) 

May 18, 13

An important read as we work to reinvent schools and make sure we measure authentic learning with more authentic measures than bubble trouble. ;-)

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