Monthly Archives: November 2011

PBL Field Guide: Strive for Information Artists ~ Examine Essential Learnings

Can we help our learners choose and collaborate projects that they care about?  Can we join a team of learners to discover how the content of our discipline can be used in the process of finding, working on, and solving … Continue reading

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Connecting Ideas – Action, Traction, Reaction

In Synergy, a non-departmentalized, non-graded, transdisciplinary, community-issues-problem-solving course, we use blogging as a means to communicate and collaborate on ideas as well as to reflect and to revise thinking. Currently we offer our learners an Action-Traction-Reaction prompt to spur their thinking, … Continue reading

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Social media and my family

I’ve had an interesting week with social media and my family.  My 7-year-old, AS, and I were talking on our drive home from school last Thursday.  She was reviewing her spelling list with me.  I asked her if she would … Continue reading

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PBL Field Guide: Who forms your learning team?

The Professional Learning Communities reflection in Reinventing Project-Based Learning: Your Field Guide to Real-World Projects in the Digital Age challenges the reader to model collaborative learning, learn and share, and develop learning teams. This is right in line with our Learning … Continue reading

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Gapminder: Teachnology for Integrated Studies

Have you explored Gapminder: for a fact-based world?  Check out GapMinder for Teachers. Have you seen/heard Hans Rosling use multiple representations to visualize problems and trends? Here’s a 4 minute start:  Hans Rosling’s 200 Countries, 200 Years, 4 Minutes – The … Continue reading

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Population at 7 Billion – What PBL can we facilitate?

Are we teaching interesting and engaging ways to represent data?  Are we representing real data that is interesting and engaging with graphs? Have you seen this? . When did the world’s population reach 1 billion? 2 billion? 3 billion?… (you … Continue reading

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Synergy: Selecting next projects

Our team has over 300 observation journal entries from which to brainstorm questions and projects. See Synergy: Complexity~Simplicity, Collaboration & Brainstorming for the beginning of this work. After Monday’s work in class, our learners were prompted to use a quick-write to … Continue reading

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PBL Field Guide: Start with the big picture

The second reflection in Reinventing Project-Based Learning: Your Field Guide to Real-World Projects in the Digital Age challenges the reader to take of tour of online resources to help “see the big picture” of PBL.  [pp. 23-24] Read blogs on … Continue reading

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PBL Field Guide: Where are you starting?

I’m reading Reinventing Project-Based Learning: Your Field Guide to Real-World Projects in the Digital Age by Suzie Boss and Jane Krauss published by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE).  This field guide encourages the user to focus on … Continue reading

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