Monday, October 28, 2013

PBL - Know What it Is?

What is PBL?

Project Based Learning

With Project Based Learning (PBL), students go through a process of inquiry in response to a question, problem, or challenge.

If we are serious about reaching 21st Century educational goals, PBL must be at the center of 21st Century instruction.  The project contains and frames the curriculum, which differs from the short "project" or activity added onto traditional instruction.  PBL is, "The Main Course, not Dessert.2013 Buck Institute for Education

What are the benefits?

  • Students gain a meaningful, deeper understanding of the concept being learned
  • builds 'life-long' learning skills
  • Students gain vital work-place skills
  • Students become motivated and responsible for their own learning!

The Most Important Ingredient to Successfully Using PBL in Your Classroom...

"Give Up Power to Empower" This is my mantra for teaching. For too long, students have been conditioned not to have power in their education. As PBL helps to empower students, the teacher must be willing to give up the power to them. Don't be a helicopter. Be present, but also give space for them to take ownership and problem solve.
 To read about the 20 most important tips for successful PBL management go yo:

Twenty Tips for Managing Project-Based Learning

Monday, October 21, 2013

Video Story Problems!

Video Story Problems!
This is such a great idea for getting your struggling learners to think through story problems! If they can create a video script for the problem, they will be more successful at solving them!

Here is an example:

To learn more about using this concept in your classroom read this post from Ben Rimes' blog;
Tech Savvy Ed

Google Docs for Writing...WHAT???

Teaching Writing with Google Docs;

Why Google Docs?

First, Google Docs can do the job. It is not as feature-rich as MS Word, which is the Swiss Army knife of text production, but GDocs has all of the features that I require. Indeed, I find GDocs’ neat, clean, clear subset of features to be a welcome relief from the crowded swarm of features in MS Word, most of which neither my students nor I ever use. My career-oriented college requires APA (American Psychological Association) style for all academic papers, and Google Docs can handle that.
"But if Google Docs can only do what MS Word already does, then the switch would not be worth it. Fortunately, GDocs can do so much more—things that fit quite nicely into my flipped, just-in-time, technology enabled classrooms." By  Published October 21, 2013
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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Fun with Text!

Fun with Text!
Whether you're teaching the ABC's or want to add a little fun to your class projects these are fun! Generate signs, notes, graffiti walls, etc. to coincide with key points in a story, important historical or current events.

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Monday, October 14, 2013

You are the Digital Referee

You're It!
You are a teacher, a coach, a parent, a nurse, a role-model. With Technology effecting everything you teach
the world comes together in your classroom so you are the digital referee.

Luckily, 'Common Sense Media' has what you need to teach your students how to be digitally safe as well as get parents involved!

Monday, October 7, 2013

Technology Teacher Guides

Here is a great source for guides to blending Technology into your classroom!