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Teaching algorithms through kente cloth

Teaching algorithms through kente cloth | Supporting Problem Based Instruction | Scoop.it

The whole concept stemmed from the work of Dr. Ron Eglash, a professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Dr. Eglash’s work is centered on the idea that indigenous groups incorporate mathematical algorithms into their design work. This can be seen everywhere – transformational geometry in African cornrows, four-fold symmetry in Native American beadwork; there are even elements of rotation and trigonometry in Urban break-dancing.

 

The crafters of these artifacts may not label their work with math terms simply because they do not recognize it as math. However, the thought processes needed to create the designs are essentially the same as the thought process needed to solve any math problem. Crafters have an innate understanding of the mathematics behind their work; they need it in order to be able to construct their designs well.

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Developing expertise in a Problem Centered Classroom brings together the expertise of mathematics education leaders such as John Van de Walle, Mary K. Stein, and Phil Daro to discover and examine the teaching and learning benefits of focusing on a central challenging problem or set of problems within a classroom lesson. Problem based lessons must be taught in a risk-taking supportive environment which challenges students to apply their mathematical understandings in a variety of situations.
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Resources for Assessment in Project-Based Learning

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Best Practices for PBL Assessment
PBL and Standardized Tests
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Project-based learning (PBL) demands excellent assessment practices to ensure that (New!
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Leanna Landsmann: Project-based learning is effective - The Tennessean

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Leanna Landsmann: Project-based learning is effective
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Our middle-school principal says teachers will use "project-based learning" that answers "interesting questions" to teach Common Core State Standards (CCSS).
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Project-Based Learning: Success Start to Finish - YouTube

http://www.edutopia.org/manor. Go inside Manor New Technology High School, where an unwavering commitment to an effective schoolwide PBL model keeps both students and teachers motivated and achieving their best.


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Ray Tolley's curator insight, March 28, 9:07 AM

American again!  Where,oh where, are the UK or European versions of PBL schools?

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20 Study Hacks to Improve Your Memory

20 Study Hacks to Improve Your Memory | Supporting Problem Based Instruction | Scoop.it
We’ve scoured our brains and the internet for the best study hacks to help your brain remember information quicker and easier and ultimately help you do better in your exams. 1.

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Louise Robinson-Lay's curator insight, April 10, 5:31 PM

Some more tips for effective study.

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Make Chromebooks Work Smarter in the Classroom

Make Chromebooks Work Smarter in the Classroom | Supporting Problem Based Instruction | Scoop.it
These five tips can help teachers better integrate the Google Chrome–based mobile devices into instruction.
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CCSS Planning Resources for Mathematics


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Nice collection of resources from a variety of sources and states. 

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11 Essential Tools For Better Project-Based Learning

11 Essential Tools For Better Project-Based Learning | Supporting Problem Based Instruction | Scoop.it
11 Essential Tools For Better Project-Based Learning (#ccpln apps for problem based learning http://t.co/R25jfYXJwD)
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Common Core Fear, Uncertainty, & Doubt - You've Probably Seen This on Facebook

Common Core Fear, Uncertainty, & Doubt - You've Probably Seen This on Facebook | Supporting Problem Based Instruction | Scoop.it

So, what's going on here? - The photo on the right has been all over Facebook the past few weeks, posted by folks opposed to the Common Core State Standards. It really is a very simple and clever way to really scare people and attempt to make the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics look really confusing--even ridiculous! In fact, it's an excellent example of the Fear, Uncertainty, & Doubt (FUD)strategy used in the corporate world and in politics to spread negative or disinformation in order to influence and/or coerce others.

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US students score slightly above average in problem-solving - San Jose Mercury News

US students score slightly above average in problem-solving - San Jose Mercury News | Supporting Problem Based Instruction | Scoop.it
US students score slightly above average in problem-solving San Jose Mercury News The OECD report included suggestions for developing curriculum teaching problem-solving skills, among them: n* Involve employers and parents in developing an...
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7 things to know about New York's Common Core tests, which start Tuesday

7 things to know about New York's Common Core tests, which start Tuesday | Supporting Problem Based Instruction | Scoop.it

Here are seven things you might want to know about this year's exams.

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Many Tennessee parents feel disconnected with students learning different ways ... - Chattanooga Times Free Press

Many Tennessee parents feel disconnected with students learning different ways ... - Chattanooga Times Free Press | Supporting Problem Based Instruction | Scoop.it

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Many Tennessee parents feel disconnected with students learning different ways ...
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In Josh Yother's classroom, students can spend more than 40 minutes on a single math problem.

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"students can spend more than 40 minutes on a single math problem" Find out why this is important for math instruction...

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Thoughts on Problem Solving

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The Thoughts on Problem Solving Web Site
offers students step-by-step instruction for the purpose of further
developing problem solving skills.

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5 Tips for Flipping Your PBL Classroom

5 Tips for Flipping Your PBL Classroom | Supporting Problem Based Instruction | Scoop.it
I am of course a huge project-based learning (PBL) nerd and advocate. I am also an advocate for the flipped classroom, yet at the same time I also have my concerns about flipping a classroom. This mo

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Free Resources and Tools for Replicating Project-Based Learning

Free Resources and Tools for Replicating Project-Based Learning | Supporting Problem Based Instruction | Scoop.it
Students in Whitfield County take on a range of multidisciplinary projects.
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30 Of The Best Apps For Group Project-Based Learning

30 Of The Best Apps For Group Project-Based Learning | Supporting Problem Based Instruction | Scoop.it

30 Of The Best Apps For Group Project-Based Learning - With that in mind, below are 30 of the best apps for getting this kind of work done in the classroom, with an emphasis on group project-based learning apps for both Android and iPad (and even a few for plain old browsers).

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Washington State Teachers Bring Real-World Problems to the Classroom | Office of Innovation and Improvement

Washington State Teachers Bring Real-World Problems to the Classroom | Office of Innovation and Improvement | Supporting Problem Based Instruction | Scoop.it

Changing a high school curriculum — such as moving it from traditional pedagogy and assessment to problem-based learning (PBL) — is a huge challenge, and one that the faculty and students at Sammamish High School in Washington state’s Bellevue School District know well. They’re three years into a five-year transition to PBL with support from an Investing in Innovation (i3) Development grant.


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Ray Tolley's curator insight, March 21, 4:14 PM

Yes, it has long been my contention that unless all subject areas are using similar PBL/STEM approaches to curriculum development, the only result can be utter confusion for our students.

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Game Based Learning in Education - Free Report - EdTechReview™ (ETR)

Game Based Learning in Education - Free Report - EdTechReview™ (ETR) | Supporting Problem Based Instruction | Scoop.it
A ETR RRC Report on Game Based Learning in Education - an edtech trend of 21st century which is making students and teachers more engaged and focused on work and also creating better classroom environment and learning outcomes.
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This is a Free Report by ETR RRC on Game Based Learning in Education that focuses on telling you what is GBL, why it is called serious gaming and how its changing the 21st century education. The report contains practices that are being followed

globally and how its changing the lives of students and teachers. We have included examples of universities and schools that are currently practicing teaching method by incorporation games into the curriculum and actually generating results.

Additionally we have included 40+ games and game based resources to help you choose the best for your students and be a part of GBL environment.

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30 Good Apps for Project Based Learning ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

30 Good Apps for Project Based Learning ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Supporting Problem Based Instruction | Scoop.it
What are the 30 best apps for project-based learning? Read on: http://t.co/bGsXMH1TsU #project #based #learning #globaled
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Differentiating Project-Based & Problem-Based Learning

Differentiating Project-Based & Problem-Based Learning | Supporting Problem Based Instruction | Scoop.it
In this video, I look at the similarities and differences of two popular instructional frameworks being used today: project-based learning and problem-based learning.  (Differentiating Project-Based & Problem-Based Learning
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What is Authentic Problem Based Learning by Dr Pandula Siribaddana | Education Space 360

In a traditional mode of education, the teacher would be considered the central point and he or she would be responsible for giving the knowledge to the students through some
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Engaging Math Students in Productive Struggle

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Why math practice standard #1 (make sense of problems and persevere in solving them) is so important, and the key to helping students achieve it.
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UK pupils score highly in problem solving - Financial Times

UK pupils score highly in problem solving - Financial Times | Supporting Problem Based Instruction | Scoop.it
UK pupils score highly in problem solving Financial Times However, the latest analysis, based on a comparison of 85,000 pupils in 44 countries, indicates that UK pupils are unexpectedly strong in problem solving, compared with students in other...
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What’s the ‘Sweet Spot’ of Difficulty For Learning?

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Parents and teachers wrestle with all the time: Should we be making learning easier for kids—or harder? The answer, according to research in cognitive science and psychology, is both.

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Should we be making learning easier for kids—or harder?

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Should we be making learning easier for kids—or harder?

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Mass. teacher uses Rubik's Cube to teach math - WRAL.com

Mass. teacher uses Rubik's Cube to teach math - WRAL.com | Supporting Problem Based Instruction | Scoop.it
Mass. teacher uses Rubik's Cube to teach math
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LAKEVILLE, Mass. — Whenever possible, Nate Eleuterio likes to make his math classes at Freetown-Lakeville Middle School fun.
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Challenges and Support for Meaningful Technology Integration in ...

Challenges and Support for Meaningful Technology Integration in ... | Supporting Problem Based Instruction | Scoop.it

A staggering amount of literature exists about the use of technology in the classroom. But what sort of technology? This may sound obvious, but I am interested in fostering the use of meaningful technologies in education.

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A staggering amount of literature exists about the use of technology in the classroom. But what sort of technology?

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