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

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 this article from MindShift.com


PowerPoint: Keeping Your Audience Focused

We all should know by now that bullet points are a no-no.  However, there are times when you do need to display a list of some sort.

For those occasions, here is a cool little trick that let’s you display each item one-by-one while highlighting only the current item. This helps keep your audience focused on what your talking about instead of scanning your entire list, and therefore, not listening to what you’re saying.

Why the “Flip” is a Flop

A Recent article from the Innovative Educator:  “Like it or not, flipped means flipping class lecture to homework lecture. Let those tied to homework and lecture keep “flipped,” but if you want to associate your work with real student-centered transformative learning then another name is in order.”

New Research Suggests Homework May Be an Unnecessary Evil

Not a “Tech” article but an important read none-the-less!  A brand-new study on the academic effects of homework.  Should be a part of any educational institution’s academic planning conversation and process.

Better Than PowerPoint: 3 Online Tools For Creating Gorgeous Presentations

Microsoft Office’s PowerPoint is the most commonly used application for creating presentations, but it’s not the only tool which can get the job done. In fact, some alternatives to PowerPoint might even be better, depending on which features you desire the most.  These tools are openly available on the web, entirely free, and  you aren’t  required to be connected to the Internet when it’s presentation time!

PowerPoint Presenter’s View

If you have ever needed to advance or go back to slides during a presentation but you didn’t want to click through a bunch of slides to get there or you’d like to see your slide notes on your laptop while keeping them hidden from your audience, then you’ll probably like PowerPoint’s Presenter View.  In Presenter View, PowerPoint will give you a sort of mission control center for your presentation that only you will see. (Your audience only sees your slides.)

Why Project Based Learning is Important: A Student’s Perspective

High school students reflect on their experience of project based learning and describe how they not only learned a great deal of content, but also practiced the 21st century skills needed for personal and workplace success.  Presented by the Buck Institute on Education.


Project-Based Learning: Soda Can ReDesign, A Lesson on Volume

By Karen Hodgens, a sixth grade math teacher.  A project-based lesson where students redesign the soda can. After reviewing volume of rectangular prisms, students determine the volume of a can of soda in cubic inches. They use this volume to re-design the soda can so that their can has the same volume.

Click here to visit Karen’s YouTube Channel and check out all 23 of her PBL Math Projects


6 Great Videos on Teaching Critical Thinking

Critical thinking is a skill that we can teach to our students through exercise and practice. It is particularly a skill that contains a plethora of other skills inside it.

Here is a great series of videos on critical thinking. As a teacher, you can use these videos with your students to start a discussion on what it means to think critically and introduce them to the concept of logical fallacies. The videos are animated in such a way that your students will find it easy to grasp  hard concepts.  Enjoy.

This is How to Teach Collaborative Writing Using Google Docs

Here is an excellent video by Sarah Wessling, a High School English teacher, on how she uses Google Docs to teach her students Collaborative writing.

You will get to see how her students work collaboratively in drafting their writings by using the free features Google Docs provides for them. You will also see how the monitors what the students do and how she offers help and feedback to her learners  using Google Docs.

13 Real-World Examples Of Blended Learning

Blended learning—which combines traditional, face-to-face instruction with technology-based learning—is considered by some to be education’s next big thing.

We break down 13 examples of how blended learning’s proliferation has made an impact at various levels nationwide.

The Difference Between Projects And Project-Based Learning

Projects in the classroom are as old as the classroom itself.  “Projects” can represent a range of tasks that can be done at home or in the classroom, by parents or groups of students, quickly or over time.

While project-based learning (PBL) also features projects, in PBL the focus is more on the process of learning and learner-peer-content interaction that the end-product itself.

The following chart by Amy Mayer is helpful to clarify that important difference between projects and project-based learning.

INFOGRAPHIC: What Teachers Need To Know About the Flipped Classroom

Flipped classroom is a new concept that has been making the rounds for sometime now. Educational Technology and Mobile Learning has already covered this topic in some previous posts.

In this post, we are  providing you with a new and updated infographic on the Flipped Classroom.


How the Flipped Classroom Turned Me into a Better Student

The flipped classroom made a huge impact on my education – and life.  Not only did my grades and scores improve, but I began enjoying school and learning, and it taught me how to learn and think on my own. The flipped class turned me into a better student.

Project-Based Learning Research: Evidence-Based Components of Success

What boosts PBL from a fun and engaging exercise to a rigorous and powerful real-world learning experience? Researchers have identified four key components that are critical to teaching successfully with PBL. All of these play a role in the curriculum-design process.

What are some critical elements to consider when applying project-based learning in the classroom?  Edutopia’s research analyst recommends these research-proven steps.

Project Based Learning: A Student’s Perspective

The most important part of Project Based Learning is the amount of reading, critical thinking and synthesizing I and my group do.  It helps us to internalize information and make our projects personal.

We grapple with information and ideas by doing. We converse, and debate among our group members and teachers. Ultimately, we retain information and concepts for longer periods of time.


Shifting toward PBL in Math

This week, I gave students pretty tough problems about functions that involved square roots. They didn’t know anything about square roots.

I gave them 10 minutes to find out everything they could about a square root — anything that they thought might help them answer the two-part question I gave them. I gave them detective work.


Future of learning: obsolescence of knowledge, return to real teaching

Leading entrepreneurs and thought leaders provide a look at the future of education in a short documentary from Ericsson. It discusses how technology is changing the way students learn as well as what it means to learn and teach in a connected era.


Better Online Schools & Learning Options

Virtual schools and online courses work better for some kids than others. Some of variance is provider based; some of it is student based. In most cases, there is not very good data on students or providers.


With new iPads, Apple targets education opportunity

Apple announced the fourth-generation iPad and first-generation iPad mini, giving the company its strongest tools yet to convert the education market into believers



50 Education Leaders Worth Following On Twitter

How do you discover the education news and research that matters to you? Probably by curating a list of the top thought leaders, people you want to keep track of, and other helpful folks. But it’s not always easy to find the thought leaders from around the world you should be following.


Before We Flip Classrooms, Let’s Rethink What We’re Flipping To

Before we pick up too much speed to stop, we need to consider the educational future we are aiming for in higher education, technical education, and especially in the early years of K-12 education, when it really counts.


Bill Nye thinks ‘flipped classrooms’ are the future

Bill Nye the Science Guy knows a bit about getting students excited about learning, and he is lending some of that expertise to teachers in Minnesota and around the country to help them engage students in and outside the classroom.


TED-Ed and the Flipped Classroom

TED-Ed is a platform where educators can find videos, many of which are the result of collaborations between teachers and animators, to supplement and enrich their core curriculum. Teachers using Ted-Ed can select any educational video to create a customized lesson, and choose whether to share it publicly or privately, tracking its impact on their students or the world.


5 Examples of Project-Based Learning

Students are assigned a project or challenge and they must rely on using and developing their skills to meet the objectives of the assigned project. Students work in teams and learn how to interact with their classmates to achieve the common goal.