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iSchool - can tech really deliver education?

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I have a great job. It has allowed me to visit some of the cleverest technology companies around the world and meet many of those shaping our future, from Amazon’s Jeff Bezos to Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook.
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 Read the article first by clicking on its title, then read the questions below.



1.  Which sentence best describes the main point (or argument) of the article? 

 

    a) The author has a really great job because he meets people who are shaping the future through technology.

 

     b) An enthusiastic educator who uses technology inspires students and at least one journalist.

 

     c)  Essa Academy and Abdul Chohan are  models for educators and schools interested in using technology to further their objectives.

 

     d)  It's too early to say how useful technology will be in schools in the long run, but a day in Bolton offers a glimpse of its exciting potential.

 

2.  Does the author support his argument?  If so, how?

 

3. What effect does the author's first-person narrative style have on you, his reader? 

 

4.  How is the article structured?  Is the organization clear?

 

5.  Why do you think the author mentions, in the first paragraph, having met both  Amazon's Jeff Bezos and Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg?

 

6.  Re-read the first and last paragraphs.  Does the last echo the first?  Why do you think the author so closely connects them?


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An Introduction to Project-Based Learning

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Compare and contrast this video with the one titled "Project Based Learning: Explained." (PBL Video 1).

 

1. What is the main message of this video?

 

2. What is the primary purpose of this video?  Is it different than that of PBL Video 1? 

 

3. Is the narrative style similar to or different than that of PBL Video 1?  In what ways?

 

4.  This video also contrasts Project Learning with "traditional" schooling. In what ways is this contrast handled differently in this video? 

 

5. What is the effect of showing real students involved in real projects?  Of discussing a variety of projects? 

 

6. Do the featured education and engineering experts add to or detract from the video's substance?  Does including them make the video  more authoritative?

 

7.  Which video do you find more entertaining?   Which do you find  more informative?  Which do you think would be more attractive to your students?    Which video makes you more likely to want to learn more about Project Learning?

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Project Based Learning: Explained.

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Watch the video before reading the questions.


1. What is the main message of the video?

 

2. What is the primary purpose of the video?  (Is it, for example, to inform, to persuade, to entertain?)

 

3. The video contrasts Project-Based Learning with "traditional" methods of learning.  Is the characterization of "traditional" schools  valid?  Put another way,  does the video oversimplify or otherwise misrepresent "traditional" schooling to more easily dismiss it?    (Note not only the words and images but also the narrator's tone.)   If so, is this characterization nevertheless justified?

 

4. The video compares the students to Claire and her team.  Are the expectations of Claire's boss the same as those of the teachers?  Is Claire's boss more interested in process or product?  How about the teachers?  Does the video state or imply that Claire is herself a graduate of a school that practices Project-Based Learning?  What, if any, difference does that make?

 

5.  Why do you think the video's authors single out Claire as a "rock star," while they praise the students as a group? 

 

6.  Why do you think the video's producers use caricatures instead of real people?

 

7.  Do you find the video attractive?    Does watching the video make you want to learn more about Project-Based Learning?

 


Now watch the video titled "An Introduction to Project-Based Learning"  (on this page).

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