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      The Power of Project-Based Learning for Personalized Learning

      Posted by Melizza Cuizon on Tue, Oct 17, 2023

      Ensuring equity in education is critical, more so given the recent rapid changes in how instruction is delivered and received. Every student, regardless of their abilities, should have a personalized learning program that supports their needs, and this is where Project-Based Learning (PBL) comes into play. PBL is a valuable approach to foster equity and fairness and promotes active engagement while helping to develop essential 21st-century skills such as critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, and problem solving. 

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      Topics: Project-Based Learning, tips for teachers, Personalized Learning

      The ‘Aha’ of Project-Based Learning

      Posted by Melizza Cuizon on Thu, Jul 9, 2020

      When I look back at my time in the classroom, memories that most often pop up are seeing and hearing my students work together to finish a project. Many times, they were in groups of three or four busily drawing, coloring, writing, talking. For the life of me, I can barely remember the projects themselves, but I can remember the chatter, laughing, arguing, and smiles when the project was finished. I used to feel like, this is learning! Many teachers have probably experienced and felt that same sense of excitement and accomplishment. When we see our students fully engaged and involved in a project, it reveals their interests and connection to the topic. You will likely see many ‘aha’ moments.

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      Topics: Classroom Collaboration, collaborative learning, Project-Based Learning, Student Engagement, edtech, virtual classroom

      4 Ways to Bridge the Gap to Academic Success via Creating Digital Experiences

      Posted by Rahul Varshneya on Tue, Apr 28, 2020

      Digital learning offers students the tools to become lifelong learners. As per the national centre for education statistics, 80% of 8th-graders reported using a computer for schoolwork in the recent past. 

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      Topics: Classroom Collaboration, collaborative learning, Educational Apps, Games, Project-Based Learning

      Learning Through Game Creation

      Posted by Melizza Cuizon on Thu, Apr 9, 2020

      It seems like Day 227 of forever of home learning and you and your children are at a loss – of education-related things to do, learning anything new and exciting, and the motivation to look for fresh ideas. Unlike many families you know, you don’t have the means – or desire – to purchase the latest and greatest in gaming consoles (so no one is creating a virtual school in Minecraft). There are game apps you and your children play on their devices, but not too many support learning in your view. So now what? How about adding a twist to games you already play? Or better yet, creating an original game? Before we start sharing a few ideas, let’s review why games are valuable for learning.

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      Topics: collaborative learning, Games, Project-Based Learning, Google Classroom, learning resources, gamification, learning games

      Which Education Trends to Watch and Which to Let Pass You By

      Posted by Holly Fritz-Palao on Thu, Nov 10, 2016

      What will 2017 hold for education? We’re hitting that time of year when there will be no shortage of articles and reports with predictions describing what to expect for the coming year. So, we decided to get a jumpstart on it.

      Of course, it’s tempting to be dismissive—scanning the headlines knowing that predictions (or polls!) are far from a sure bet. Yet for educators, considering trends across industries in conjunction with current developments in education is constructive, strategic, and provides an edge. It gives us insight, helps us prepare and be proactive, and makes sure that whatever we choose, it needs to help our students be college and career ready—and able to compete on a global level.

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      Topics: Education Technology, curriculum, education industry, Project-Based Learning

      The Importance of STEM: Real-World Experimentation and Our Future

      Posted by Denise Scribner on Tue, Aug 23, 2016

      Our Troubled World Requires a Skilled STEM Workforce
      Elements of STEM are integral to our nation’s economy – from health care to infrastructure needs, energy, and the environment. That’s why one of the most important tasks we have as educators is to encourage our students to consider careers in STEM. To get them to that point, they need to develop the ability to question and plan ways through experimentation to find viable solutions.

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      Topics: STEM Lessons, curriculum, Project-Based Learning

      8 Ways to Inspire Student Learning All Summer Long

      Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Thu, May 19, 2016

      Let me begin by saying that summer should be summer – our students should have time to play and relax! Even though my wife and I are both educators, we believe that summer downtime is essential for all of our kids, regardless of their age. In our house, we “summer” hard. We stay up late, sleep in, often have no real plan for the day, and enjoy the freedom of summer.

      That being said, once the summer rolls on for a little while, we usually find that our own kids start needing some engagement and some mental stimulation. We’ve found a number of ways to help maintain active brains over the long summer break. Here are eight ideas for your students and their parents.

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      Topics: curriculum, Project-Based Learning

      Liven Up the End of School Year with Problem-Based Learning

      Posted by Kelly Bielefeld on Tue, May 3, 2016

      The school year is winding down and final grades are being entered. Field day is right around the corner, and students are starting to get more restless than usual. For teachers, this is a hard time of the year. Any teacher worth her salt wants to maximize learning for every minute of every day. At the same time, there is a limit to how much can actually be assessed accurately during these final few days.

      To lend a helping hand, over the few weeks we’ll be featuring ideas and planning tips for making the end of the year fun, memorable, and engaging for students. Today let’s discuss problem-based learning (PBL), a student-centered pedagogy in which students learn about a subject through the experience of solving an open-ended problem. Via the PBL format, students absorb both thinking strategies and domain knowledge.

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      Topics: Activities, curriculum, tips fpr teachers, Project-Based Learning


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