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DC Makerspace Is a Sanctuary for Pioneers, Big Thinkers and Students

DC Makerspace Is a Sanctuary for Pioneers, Big Thinkers and Students | RCPS Design Thinking | Scoop.it
STEM is taking off in big ways thanks to new makerspaces like Fab Lab DC.
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A great place to foster curiosity and learning.

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30 Ways to Inspire Divergent Thinking - InformED

30 Ways to Inspire Divergent Thinking - InformED | RCPS Design Thinking | Scoop.it

"When we stop talking about creativity and innovation in abstract terms and start thinking about how they originate, we get divergent thinking. Divergent thinking is more than thinking outside the box; it’s thinking without the box, and imposing structure later."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, June 9, 2014 8:13 PM

Why is divergent thinking important in education, and how can we inspire our students to become divergent thinkers? This post explores this idea, beginning with a definition of divergent thinking and providing a look at current research on divergent thinking.

Did you know that divergent thinking "stems from logical, unbiased thinking" or that divergent thinking "leads to positive mood swings while convergent thinking leads to negative mood swings." After this discussion (and there is much more in the post) you will find 30 tips on how to teach your students to become divergent thinkers. A few of the tips are below.

* Fast, frequent failures (with the suggestion that students quickly lay out all possible solutions). Identifying mistakes helps to lead to the students to the correct solution.

* Google - Today students like to Google the answer...but what if you create questions that require deeper thinking, where Google will not supply an answer quickly.

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Si Hua's curator insight, June 10, 2014 3:54 AM

Cool Idea!

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How to Reinvent Project Based Learning to Be More Meaningful

How to Reinvent Project Based Learning to Be More Meaningful | RCPS Design Thinking | Scoop.it
Project-based learning continues to be misinterpreted as a single teaching strategy rather than as a set of design principles that allow us to introduce the philosophy of inquiry into education in an intelligent and grounded way. It’s time to not only address the flaws in PBL, but to reinvent it in a way that leads to deeper learning, creative inquiry, and a better fit with a collaborative world in which doing and knowing are one thing.

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Linda Buckmaster's curator insight, March 25, 2014 2:31 AM

As the article suggests if carried out correctly project based learning can be a deeper learning experience.  PBL also leads to creative enquiry and teamwork.

Kate JohnsonMcGregor's curator insight, March 25, 2014 10:04 AM

This is helpful as a philosophical vision - how to rethink our teaching to effectively integrate the inquiry process. Love it! 

Rosemary Tyrrell, Ed.D.'s curator insight, March 25, 2014 2:32 PM

This post includes some strategic suggestions on how to make PBL more meaningful for your students. 

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The Five Levels of Student Engagement (Infographic)

The Five Levels of Student Engagement (Infographic) | RCPS Design Thinking | Scoop.it

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, November 24, 2013 1:08 PM

Phillip Schechty is an educator whom has looked at "five ways that students respond or adapt to school-related tasks and activities." This infographic looks provides an overview of the five stages. If you want more information about this please visit the website The Schlechty Center located at http://www.schlechtycenter.org/

malek's curator insight, November 27, 2013 5:40 PM

Any marketer dream!

If only customers behave like students....

Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, November 27, 2013 5:57 PM

This is an interesting way to look at and evaluate your child's engaement with school as well as your parenting. Are you encouraging "ritual compliance" or real engagement? And, for those of with kids with special needs, the behavior labels in the green boxes might be more helpful in terms of both describing what we see as well as considering in motivating our childen.

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Can I Go to the Bathroom?

Can I Go to the Bathroom? | RCPS Design Thinking | Scoop.it
A comparison of the same question/response from inside a traditional and a democratically-guided Project Based Learning classroom environment. This flowchart is a complete illustration of what most...
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The Project Approach

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Learn about the Project Approach, a kind of project-based teaching and learning (PBL) that represents best practices in 21st-century education. Resources help teachers design and implement their own projects.
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Intel Project Based Learning - Science For America | Free Printable Worksheets | Science Projects | Simple Science Experiments | Science Lesson Plans

forensic science education, elementary science education, high school science projects, high school science investigatory project, high school science experiments, science lesson plans, environmental science lesson plans, physical science lesson...
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PBL Tech

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An education technology resource for Project Based Learning (PBL) (RT @AvalonSchoolMN: Want to learn more about Project Based Learning and cool technology resources? Visit Avalon's PBL Tech blog!
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15 Tools For Better Project-Based Learning

15 Tools For Better Project-Based Learning | RCPS Design Thinking | Scoop.it
Project-Based Learning is a 21st century approach to learning that acts both as a curriculum and instruction tool, as well as a new way for students to think about school. Rather than strictly academic lessons and units, ...
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Response: Do's and Don'ts for Better Project-Based Learning

Response: Do's and Don'ts for Better Project-Based Learning | RCPS Design Thinking | Scoop.it
An award-winning English and Social Studies teacher at Luther Burbank High School in Sacramento, Calif., Larry Ferlazzo is the author of Helping Students Motivate Themselves: Practical Answers To Classroom Challenges, The ESL/ELL Teacher's Survival...
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Coding Skills Empower Us All |The Maker Issue

Coding Skills Empower Us All |The Maker Issue | RCPS Design Thinking | Scoop.it
We’re not coding in schools so that every kid can get a tech job; we’re doing so to give all kids the chance to understand and interact with the technologies in their lives.
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Coding enhances K-12 learning on many levels.

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Googleable vs Non-Googleable Questions

Googleable vs Non-Googleable Questions | RCPS Design Thinking | Scoop.it
'Essential questions' are all too often lower order. And not that essential.

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The Irena Sendler Project Documentary: LIfe in a Jar

In 1998, in Uniontown Kansas, high school teacher Norm Conard and a handful of students stumbled across an unknown hero from the holocaust, Irena Sendler. A ...

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An amazing example of PBL.  The video is 15 minutes long and well worth the watch.

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10 Apps For More Organized Project-Based Learning

10 Apps For More Organized Project-Based Learning | RCPS Design Thinking | Scoop.it
These 10 apps for iPad and Android will help you organize project-based learning in your classroom.

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CIESE - Curriculum: K-12 CIESE Online Tele-Collaborative Classroom Projects

CIESE - Curriculum: K-12 CIESE Online Tele-Collaborative Classroom Projects | RCPS Design Thinking | Scoop.it
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Upcoming projects from CIESE

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Project-Based Learning

Project-Based Learning | RCPS Design Thinking | Scoop.it
Discover how project-based learning teaches students to explore real-world problems and challenges. With this type of active and engaged learning, students are inspired to obtain a deeper knowledge of the subjects they're studying.
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A STEM Diet of Awesome Snacks that Scaffolds into PBL... Better Then Dessert!

A STEM Diet of Awesome Snacks that Scaffolds into PBL... Better Then Dessert! | RCPS Design Thinking | Scoop.it
Welcome to a post that gives a short break in a series of articles dedicated to PLN's, Twitter, Curriculum Curation, and Social Networks in Education!  In this break I thought I would share this am...
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Why Inquiry Learning is Worth the Trouble - KQED (blog)

Why Inquiry Learning is Worth the Trouble - KQED (blog) | RCPS Design Thinking | Scoop.it
Why Inquiry Learning is Worth the Trouble KQED (blog) Lehmann said it's important to question whether alleged “personalized,” “project-based,” or “collaborative” learning efforts are actually helping students and teachers to “hold ourselves in a...
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Guest Lesson | Recycling as a Focus for Project-Based Learning

Guest Lesson | Recycling as a Focus for Project-Based Learning | RCPS Design Thinking | Scoop.it
In this post, the third in a series, Ms. Boss considers the many ways in which a recycling project can cross disciplines, be personally relevant to young people, heighten awareness about bigger issues and solve real-world problems.
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