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Have you wondered what Project-Based Learning? Are you interested in watching a short video by Common Craft, a well know organization that creates short animated films that discuss the key elements of the topic at hand? The Buck Institute for Education commissioned this video (and they are know for Project-Based Learning).
Why concern yourself with Project-Based Learning? A key reason is that projects help promote 21st century learning including collaboration, communication and critical thinking skills.
Via Beth Dichter
TWITTER TRANSFORMS EDUCATORS
Enter Twitter. I've heard many educators say that Twitter is the most effective way to collaborate and that they've learned more with Twitter than they have from years of formal professional development.
Here are some of the specific ways educators are using Twitter to collaborate:
Via Gust MEES, Kim Flintoff
KEN'S KEY TAKEAWAY
This author does a great job of explaining how he uses Wikis to help students organize their thoughts before and after class meetings. I have used wikis in the past, but I prefer blogs. My ideal situation would be if a leader took the best of the blogs and created a wiki. Maybe next semster?
"We have heard the complaint or issued it ourselves one too many times: “They don’t read!”
But can Digital Media provide some simple pedagogical models to promote a more active engagement with that most ancient and passive form of learning: the reading assignment? In this article, I describe the use of Wikis (web pages that people can easily edit as a group) to get students to summarize, ask questions, and comment on a reading before they even meet for class. And while many new—and old—tools can be used to accomplish similar results, what is innovative about this approach is that whereas before reading and writing was something students were supposed to do individually in the isolation of their rooms or the library, now—thanks to Wikis—it is a project they tackle collaboratively as a class. The goals of this critical pedagogy are thus both modest and radical, at the intersection of old and new technologies: to use Digital Media to change the way students interact with texts."
Assignment provided and reflection on it's impact on student learning. A really worthwhile read!
Via Anne Whaits, Ken Heidebrecht, Ken Morrison, NikolaosKourakos, Maria Margarida Correia, Rui Guimarães Lima, Kim Flintoff
Go way beyond Internet safety. Turn students into great digital citizens.
Every day, your students are tested with each post, search, chat, text message, file download, and profile update. Will they connect with like minds or spill TMI to the wrong people?
Will they behave creatively or borrow ideas recklessly? Will they do the right thing or take shortcuts?
Via Gust MEES, Ann Vega, Dr. Laura Sheneman, Dennis T OConnor