Project Based Learning

Connected Learning: Tying Student Passions to School Subjects

Connected Learning: Tying Student Passions to School Subjects

| April 3, 2013 | 13 Comments

By Ashley Williams, Youth Radio What if your extracurricular activities weren’t just extra but a part of your academics too? New thinking on education intends to bring students’ interests into the classroom. It’s called Connected Learning and promotes the idea that students will excel in school if what they are learning is relevant to their […]

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How to Inspire Students to Design, Invent, and Make an Impact

How to Inspire Students to Design, Invent, and Make an Impact

| April 2, 2013 | 1 Comment

Scientist Profile: Inventor By Almetria Vaba Spark your students’ curiosity in engineering and technology by introducing them to the designers, inventors, and clever thinkers featured in PBS LearningMedia. Use their stories to illustrate various themes of study like the engineering design process and the impact of technology. DESIGNING A WHEELCHAIR FOR RUGBY See what happens […]

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10 Ways to Teach Innovation

10 Ways to Teach Innovation

| April 1, 2013 | 35 Comments

Innovation and the current classroom model most often operate as antagonists. The system is evolving, but not quickly enough to get young people ready for the new world. But there are a number of ways that teachers can bypass the system and offer students the tools and experiences that spur an innovative mindset. Here are ten ideas.

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Video: “The Future Will Not be Multiple Choice”

Video: “The Future Will Not be Multiple Choice”

| February 4, 2013 | 8 Comments

Educator Jaime McGrath and designer Drew Davies explain how to create a “classroom of imagination” by turning lessons into design problems and giving students space to be creative in this Tedx video. In a New York Times op-ed The MacArthur Foundation’s Digital Media and Learning Competition’s co-director Cathy Davidson said she thinks it’s possible that […]

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How Can Teachers Prepare Kids for a Connected World?

How Can Teachers Prepare Kids for a Connected World?

| January 9, 2013 | 20 Comments

Educators are always striving to find ways to make curriculum relevant in students’ everyday lives. More and more teachers are using social media around lessons, allowing students to use their cell phones to do research and participate in class, and developing their curriculum around projects to ground learning around an activity. These strategies are all […]

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What Project-Based Learning Is — and What It Isn’t

What Project-Based Learning Is — and What It Isn’t

| January 2, 2013 | 34 Comments

Screenshot/High Tech High The term “project-based learning” gets tossed around a lot in discussions about how to connect students to what they’re learning. Teachers might add projects meant to illustrate what students have learned, but may not realize what they’re doing is actually called “project-oriented learning.” And it’s quite different from project-based learning, according to […]

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The Far-Flung Reach of Caine’s Arcade

The Far-Flung Reach of Caine’s Arcade

| December 3, 2012 | 0 Comments

Who knew a YouTube video of a nine-year-old boy’s cardboard creation would hit such a nerve? Caine’s Arcade, which has gotten more than 7 million views on YouTube and Vimeo since it was posted last April, inspired a global movement, compelling kids across the world to create their own versions of the cardboard masterpiece in […]

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Should Math and Science Teachers Get Special Training?

Should Math and Science Teachers Get Special Training?

| October 23, 2012 | 3 Comments

By Anne Jolly Excited and inspired about the subjects they teach, math and science educators ideally want their classrooms to dive into real-world challenges. But they’re faced with the predictable realities of the school day when designing their curriculum. Each year, students seem to lose interest as the subjects become more difficult and abstract. “And […]

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Why Learning Should Be Messy

Why Learning Should Be Messy

| October 18, 2012 | 48 Comments

The following is an excerpt of One Size Does Not Fit All: A Student’s Assessment of School, by 17-year-old Nikhil Goyal, a senior at Syosset High School in Woodbury, New York. Can creativity be taught? Absolutely. The real question is: “How do we teach it?” In school, instead of crossing subjects and classes, we teach […]

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Why Kids Need Schools to Change

Why Kids Need Schools to Change

| September 21, 2012 | 81 Comments

The current structure of the school day is obsolete, most would agree. Created during the Industrial Age, the assembly line system we have in place now has little relevance to what we know kids actually need to thrive. Most of us know this, and yet making room for the huge shift in the system that’s necessary has been difficult, if not impossible because of fear of the unknown.

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