"Helping students learn how to learn: That’s what most educators strive for, and that’s the goal of inquiry learning. That skill transfers to other academic subject areas and even to the workplace where employers have consistently said that they want creative, innovative and adaptive thinkers. "
Presented by Felix Jacomino, Director of Technology at St. Stephen's Episcopal Day School, with Inge Wassmann
Description: “The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.” -Alan Watts Learn what one technology team experienced from initiation to implementation of iPads in a school in the heart of Coconut Grove, Florida. “Computer teachers” have transformed into “technology integrators” and move from within the lab to the classroom, the campus, and beyond. Integrators must understand the 4 C’s of 21st century skills and how project based teaching and learning supports it. • What comes ﬁrst? Teachers? Students? Devices? Professional development? • Obstacles to overcome • Resistant teachers: “This is just a fad!” • Hardware/Software logistics
When students engage in quality projects, they develop knowledge, skills, and dispositions that serve them in the moment and in the long term. There are several ways to start designing projects. Here are six steps that will help you get started.
“PBL (Project Based Learning) offers a unique opportunity for teachers and students to join together in the inquiry process.” Thom Markham, Project Based Learning: Design and Coaching Guide
With the advent of Common Core Standards, there's a great deal of talk from school districts about moving to Project Based Learning because the kinds of learning asked for in those standards can better be approached through a PBL model.
I have heard several districts speak about this change in instructional approach as if it were some kind of basic cosmetic change that could make to their schools. Many still view PBL as instructional strategy that can be added or bolted into their existing schools and classroom systems. Unfortunately, Project Based learning won’t work that way. It can’t be bolted on top of the existing classroom practice.
To be successful with PBL requires a fundamental change in teaching philosophy for everyone, from the teacher in the classroom to the school board member.
50 Of The Best Resources For iPads In Education appeared on TeachThought this week This post is chock full of tech resources that can be used in many different ways involving education in and beyond the classroom.
"The interest in inquiry-based learning seems to ebb and flow based on–well, it’s not clear why it ever ebbs.
In short, it is a student-centered, Constructivist approach to learning that requires critical thinking, and benefits from technology, collaboration, resourcefulness, and other modern learning skills that never seem to fall out of favor themselves.
Regardless, St Oliver Plunkett Primary School has put together two very useful images that can help you populate your iPad–or classroom of iPads–with apps that support both inquiry-based learning (the second image below), and a more general approach to pedagogy based on Apple’s uber-popular tablet (the top image)."
Yes - each one of us is a special kind of artist. Michael Michalko writes about believing in yourself and not letting someone else talk you into believing you are not creative.
This article explains what happens in school which from the very beginning kills creativity. Children are supposed to be quiet, obey the teacher expert, and follow rules that dampen any creative spirit. Just imagine Mozart at 6 sitting in a first grade classroom and told to stop making noise. We would never have his music. Michalko lists 12 things about creativity that build creativity in each of us.
I come from a family of artists. My mother never let me color in a coloring book. There were no lines for me to color in. She painted or drew every day. My daughter is an artist and feels the importance of putting that idea she has to the canvas or computer. It's there. You cannot deny it. If you do, you squash it. I love to write. I want to write every day.
I never knew I could write because I was told to write a specific way that didn't make sense to me. As soon as I left school, I did it my way. I'm never going to stop. I write poems, post to my blog, curate articles, write a column. It is creative and that's who I am.
How do you promote the development of inquiry-based learning in your classroom? We'd love to hear your ... “'What do you mean I'm going to have 60 kids doing 60 different projects,' teachers might say.
Founded in 1943, ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) is an educational leadership organization dedicated to advancing best practices and policies for the success of each learner.
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