Project Based Learning

Why Academic Teaching Doesn’t Help Kids Excel In Life

Why Academic Teaching Doesn’t Help Kids Excel In Life

| November 14, 2013 | 62 Comments

Teacher Shelley Wright explains why a school system that revolves around academics fails to teach kids what they really need to know. Students have many talents; they just don’t fit into set current curriculae because their talents are likely not considered “real knowledge.”

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The Maker Movement Finds Its Way Into Urban Classrooms

The Maker Movement Finds Its Way Into Urban Classrooms

| September 17, 2013 | 8 Comments

As kids head back school this fall, educators and researchers are teaming up to figure out what kids learn from tinkering, and how it may help prepare them for the future.

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Reinventing School From the Ground Up For Inquiry Learning

Reinventing School From the Ground Up For Inquiry Learning

| September 11, 2013 | 25 Comments

Can inquiry-based and project-based learning exist in a traditional industrial-age school? It may be time for schools to invent fresh ecosystems designed specifically for inquiry.

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10 Ideas to Get Those Back-to-School Juices Flowing

10 Ideas to Get Those Back-to-School Juices Flowing

| August 15, 2013 | 6 Comments

Educators are getting prepared to welcome students back to school this month. Many have spent the summer reading up on new teaching strategies or getting inspired by colleagues across the country. To help get those idea juices flowing, here are some MindShift articles that delve into creative work, tools, and methodologies.

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Time to Start Making: Free Design Programs for 3D Printers

Time to Start Making: Free Design Programs for 3D Printers

| July 23, 2013 | 14 Comments

One of the biggest tech trends to follow is the evolution of 3D printing — not just in the consumer market, but also in education. But to use 3D printers, students will need to learn how to design using digital programs. Here are a few great options for students and teachers to learn how to design for 3D printers.

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Before Reading or Watching Videos, Students Should Experiment First

Before Reading or Watching Videos, Students Should Experiment First

| July 17, 2013 | 18 Comments

A new Stanford study shows that students learn better when first exploring an unfamiliar idea or concept on their own, rather than reading a text or watching a video first.

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How to Trigger Students’ Inquiry Through Projects

How to Trigger Students’ Inquiry Through Projects

| July 15, 2013 | 15 Comments

When students engage in quality projects, they develop knowledge, skills, and dispositions that serve them in the moment and in the long term. There are several ways to start designing projects. Here are six steps that will help you get started.

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Why Kids Need to Tinker to Learn

Why Kids Need to Tinker to Learn

| July 11, 2013 | 26 Comments

Allowing kids to deeply engage with a project they are passionate about also helps produce more positive memories of school, Stager said. “The reason the Maker Movement is so exciting is it can reenergize the classroom and it can make high quality memories of education,” he said.

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How to Apply Design Thinking in Class, Step By Step

How to Apply Design Thinking in Class, Step By Step

| June 26, 2013 | 18 Comments

For educators ready to try the idea of design thinking, you’ll be glad to know it does not require extensive transformation of your classroom. That said, it can be a transformative experience for all involved. Here, we try to answer your questions about the different integrating components of a design learning experience into familiar, pre-existing scenarios that play out in every school.

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Inquiry Learning Vs. Standardized Content: Can They Coexist?

Inquiry Learning Vs. Standardized Content: Can They Coexist?

| May 20, 2013 | 30 Comments

Everyday there is less standardization of information, making it nearly impossible to decide what a student should know. Are sticking to content standards still appropriate?

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