Project Based Learning

What It Takes to Become an All Project-Based School

What It Takes to Become an All Project-Based School

| May 16, 2013 | 9 Comments

New Tech Network, which was founded 15 years ago, is taking its school-wide project-based model to national scale. The organization, which offers a paid program for schools to use its model, began with a flagship school in Napa and has grown to 120 schools in 18 states, most of which are public schools.

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A Design Challenge to Students: Solve a Real-World Problem!

A Design Challenge to Students: Solve a Real-World Problem!

| April 25, 2013 | 14 Comments

Creating a safe recreation space for teens; protoyping a recyclable lunch tray; setting up a water delivery system to guard against urban fires; building a public awareness campaign to combat hunger. These are just a few of examples of the types of tasks students are taking on when they participate in the Design Learning Challenge, […]

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If Robots Will Run the World, What Should Students Learn?

If Robots Will Run the World, What Should Students Learn?

| April 12, 2013 | 24 Comments

Those who study robots and their impact on life foresee a day not too far off when many jobs now held by people will be automated. So, what should students be learning now to stay relevant?

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Connected Learning: Tying Student Passions to School Subjects

Connected Learning: Tying Student Passions to School Subjects

| April 3, 2013 | 14 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 | 42 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 | 22 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 | 39 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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