Sunday, June 22, 2014

Project Based Learning

Project Based Learning is one of the concepts that are in vogue in education, yet it’s not new. In fact we can trace Project Based Learning (PBL) as far to Aristotle and Confucius who strongly believed that learning should be done by doing.  PBL starts with a question or inquest and as students attempt to find answers and solutions, they apply learned and new concepts and skills that deepen their understanding of the topic. PBL connects life with school making learning meaningful. PBL engages students to use problem solving strategies, apply higher order thinking skills, and develop critical thinking. PBL aligns with common core standards as it supports the development of college and work readiness skills, learning is focused and coherent and rigorous content is explored through high-order skills. As the learner solves the inquiry, he grasps meaning of new information received, interprets, and translates it to other experiences. It works across subject matter as reading, writing, drawing, math, etc. are used to answer the questions(s). PBL can be used with different sub-groups including students with special needs, English language learners, etc. What’s more, PBL works wonderfully in a technological integrated or flipped classroom as it allows for students to use technology as a tool for exploring, analyzing, and communicating their options and findings.

PBL can be used in any grade level, for almost any topic. Watch below this wonderful vimeo of a teacher using it in a Pre-K classroom with English language learners making teaching and learning FUNdamental!

Project-Based Learning in a Digitial Age: All About Me Pre-K from Title IID - Queens, NYCDOE! on Vimeo.
Thursday, June 19, 2014

Technology in the Classroom

Most teachers have been using technology in the classroom for a while now. Whether we use it to create, enhance, or expand our teaching, technology is a component of our daily interaction with learners. However using computers, iPads, iPhones, or iPods, tablets, or others to plan or deliver our lessons is just a component of our teaching. Learners in the XXI century need for teachers to purposely integrate technology in the delivery of instruction. The poster, by Teachbytes, gives a detailed explanation of what it means to use technology vs. integrating technology. Food for thought!