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Project Based Learning

Developing an Appetite for Risk

Christine Nasserghodsi | Posted 07.21.2013 | Impact
Christine Nasserghodsi

Schools around the globe are beginning to look critically at the role of entrepreneurship in their curriculum. Along the way, students are exposed to the notion that risk-taking is good.

Can President Obama's Visit to New Tech School Pave the Way for Education Innovation?

Lydia Dobyns | Posted 07.10.2013 | Politics
Lydia Dobyns

Before the president spent 45 minutes with students showing off Project Based Learning, I got to engage in a conversation with him about the kind of innovation taking place in 100+ public school districts across New Tech Network.

Making the Grade After Graduation

Lydia Dobyns | Posted 06.15.2013 | Politics
Lydia Dobyns

Millions of high school seniors are beginning to receive college acceptance letters, but data surrounding students' performance once they get to college should dampen the elation.

Engagement and Compliance in the Classroom. They Aren't the Same!

Andrew K. Miller | Posted 06.09.2013 | Impact
Andrew K. Miller

I've come to understand that the term "engagement" needs to be unpacked before addressing issues of management in the classroom. If you ask an educator, "What does engagement look like?" responses will surely vary.

Pathways to Employment: Graduating Students Ready for College and Career

Lydia Dobyns | Posted 05.22.2013 | Impact
Lydia Dobyns

It was 10 years in the making, but when the Applied Technology Center opened its doors in 2011 to high school freshmen, it had been entirely funded through a local bond because the community saw the value of the school and supported it.

TED Prize Winner Offers Audacious Vision for Re-inventing Education

Lydia Dobyns | Posted 05.05.2013 | TED Weekends
Lydia Dobyns

2013-02-27-tedprizepullDo teachers view themselves as learners? Do they experience their school as a vibrant learning organization? Frankly, this is another test many schools and school leaders fail.

Countdown: Top 10 Education Issues I'm Following in 2013

Lydia Dobyns | Posted 04.28.2013 | Impact
Lydia Dobyns

There is no shortage of opportunities to attend conferences, read blogs, review new research or just visit schools to see what is working in education and to also get reminded of what is not working well.

Let's Truly Assess 21st Century Skills!

Andrew K. Miller | Posted 01.14.2013 | Education
Andrew K. Miller

Many teachers are being called to teach these skills, and don't know how to. I've done many workshops with teachers to arm them with these skills. However, there is one issue that seems to be a roadblock for true implementation: assessment.

A '21st Century' Education Is SO Last Century

Lydia Dobyns | Posted 03.12.2013 | Education
Lydia Dobyns

It's empty phraseology designed to sound like we are preparing for the future when we are already living in that future; and no one believes that what passes for a typical classroom today will be the classroom experience even 10 years from now, let alone for the next 87 years.

After We Avert That Cliff, Let's Create a Nation of Innovators: A Plea for Secretary Duncan

Lydia Dobyns | Posted 02.06.2013 | Education
Lydia Dobyns

It's time to start measuring educational success by aligning financial resources with performance expectations. "True" educational return on investment (ROI) deserves our undivided attention.

Making It a Team Effort: Students Learn to Collaborate

Lydia Dobyns | Posted 11.29.2012 | Education
Lydia Dobyns

Watching high school freshmen navigate a collaborative project for the first time is a delight, or should I say watching them cross the "finish line" is a source of pride for all involved. Think of it like teaching your child to ride a bike, only this is a tandem bike built for six.

Student Voices Heard In Election Process

Lydia Dobyns | Posted 01.14.2013 | Education
Lydia Dobyns

Students had many and varied opinions regarding ways to improve the economy. Recommendations included lowering corporate tax rates, ending excessive government regulations, raising taxes and more.

The Need for Practical PD for Blended Learning Educators

Andrew K. Miller | Posted 12.30.2012 | Education
Andrew K. Miller

If we invest in professional development for teachers on these practical and engaging models, teachers will learn all the best practices needed to facilitate a blended classroom.

Students 'Flip' for Digital Learning

Lydia Dobyns | Posted 12.26.2012 | Education
Lydia Dobyns

Students today live in a wired world. Educators strive to assure high school and post-secondary success for each student.

An Uncommon Path to Common Core Implementation

Lydia Dobyns | Posted 12.04.2012 | Education
Lydia Dobyns

School districts everywhere have a daunting and exciting road ahead. It would be a shame not to seize this opportunity to tie Deeper Learning to the CCSS, and truly re-imagine teaching and learning.

Making It Work: Today's Jobs Require Tomorrow's Skills

Lydia Dobyns | Posted 10.20.2012 | Education
Lydia Dobyns

During June, July, and August, I heard the same question asked in many different ways: How do we expect our students to compete in today's global economy when we are teaching them as if they're living in yesterday's business world?

Curiosity -- Don't Leave School Without It!

Lydia Dobyns | Posted 10.03.2012 | Education
Lydia Dobyns

Curiosity is a catalyst for change. It's the spark that motivates our students to learn more. It's what charges their intellectual batteries.

To Think or Not to Think ...That Is the Question!

Lydia Dobyns | Posted 09.16.2012 | Education
Lydia Dobyns

Many high school graduates don't acquire the skills necessary for success in the post-secondary world. Quality student work cannot be measured by today's multiple-choice tests.

Taking a Classroom Leap of Faith: Teacher Embraces New Roles

Lydia Dobyns | Posted 08.29.2012 | Education
Lydia Dobyns

It's summer, and school is out. For many that means vacations, barbecuing and relaxation. But for a group of highly energized teachers who are themselves "learners" at heart, summer is anything but time off.

Sing Me the Learning

Meg Campbell | Posted 08.29.2012 | Education
Meg Campbell

Take a look at the Lady Gaga parody,"Snakes Are Born This Way," created by second graders and their teachers at Conservatory Lab Charter School in Boston for a smile and a reminder of what learning and high quality student work can look like.

Project-based Learning: How Education Becomes More Relevant to the Real World

Dr. John M. Anderson | Posted 08.27.2012 | College
Dr. John M. Anderson

With project-based learning, the challenge is to set the expectations high, provide support and belief in your student, and get out of the way.

All the Math Taught at University Can Be Outsourced. What Now?

Dr. Keith Devlin | Posted 05.23.2012 | Education
Dr. Keith Devlin

Every mathematical skill, procedure, or technique I learned over six years at university is now essentially obsolete from a US market perspective. If we cannot compete, then we need to play a different game.

Educational Innovation Rises Down Under

Lydia Dobyns | Posted 05.20.2012 | Education
Lydia Dobyns

The culture of learning we have in the U.S., and have now introduced in Australia, focuses not only on knowledge attainment, but also on the development of work ethic, teamwork, presentation skills and literacy skills.

Student Tributes to Steve Jobs

Heather Wolpert-Gawron | Posted 12.07.2011 | Education
Heather Wolpert-Gawron

There was something about Steve Jobs that speaks to students on the edge of finding their own glow. For each kid dreams of being their own Wonka one day, and Jobs was the embodiment of those dreams attained.

Another Vague Plan, Part Three: Technology is Not a Panacea

Leonisa Ardizzone | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Leonisa Ardizzone

Time and again, the case is made for more technology (computer-based) in the classroom. But there are a few limitations to the reliance on computer-based technology as the solution to our classroom problems.