Thanks to Common Sense Media for creating this graphically enhanced interview about PBL. Watch it here.
Monday, October 19, 2015
Thursday, July 9, 2015
Thanks to all who joined us for a jam-packed session on PBL and tech tools. Participants shared ideas for tools to support teaching and learning at different phases of projects. Here's the crowdsourced doc--a goldmine of tech suggestions to consider as you plan your next projects. (Feel free to add to it.)
As ISTE veterans, we know how important it is to reflect after a learning experience like this. I shared a few of my ISTE takeaways in this Edutopia post. If you were among the throngs at ISTE this year, what inspired you? Which tools caught your eye in the Expo Hall? Did your network get more global? We'd love to hear your takeaways from ISTE 2015.
Friday, February 27, 2015
DQ: Where might Little Free Libraries do the most good in our community?
I was asked the other day how to evaluate the quality of projects. There are so many things to consider!
I've seen too-long projects that result in learning that could have been achieved in a day through direct teaching. I've seen projects that flop because objectives weren't clear and kids investigations were stabs in the dark. Maybe the biggest problem I've seen is the 'read and report' style of project, where kids study a state, or produce one biography, and so on.
Projects that pass my sniff test draw on critical thinking. Any project can be made better if some of these aspects of critical thinking are involved:
- Compare and contrast
- Make a well-founded judgment, informed decision
- Understand causal relationships (cause and effect)
- Determine how parts relate to the whole (systems)
- Identify patterns or trends
- Examine perspectives, alternate points of view
- Extrapolate to create something new
I love remodeling projects. If you have any you'd like help with any, let me know.