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High school student Ryman Yang holds up a pair of snow pants he designed and made.

Some Students Pursued Passion Projects During the Pandemic. What Happens to Them Now?

11/01/2021

Topics: Project-based learning

Ryman Yang spreads a bolt of fabric out neatly on his basement floor. Pattern pieces are pinned neatly on top, ready to guide his scissors as he prepares to make a new pair of snow pants. Like many students,…

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Students Refurbish Computers To Help Seniors Connect With Loved Ones

06/25/2021

Topics: Project-based learning

Senior citizens had a hard time during the COVID pandemic. With most retirement homes closed to visitors for months on end, residents were unable to see friends and family.

Matthew Cerza, a teenager…

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a group of students surround a laptop

Fine-Tuning Your PBL Projects

03/03/2021

Topics: Project-based learning

In project-based learning, students achieve better results when they receive feedback and have time to make improvements in their final products or solutions. The same is true for PBL teachers. Critique and…

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The maker movement: A learning revolution

The maker movement: A learning revolution

02/11/2019

Topics: Makerspaces, Project-based learning

The impulse to create is one of the most basic human drives. As far back as the Stone Age, we were using materials in our environment to fashion tools for solving the problems we encountered. And in the millions of years since then, we have never stopped creating. In fact, the rise of…

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Leon Tynes

Leon Tynes: Working To Tip the Scale on Diversity

02/18/2021

Topics: Project-based learning

Leon Tynes couldn’t believe what his students were telling him.

Black men, they said, comprise fewer than 2 percent of U.S. educators. And that number is shrinking at an alarming rate.

A black male educator himself, he’s no stranger to the diversity problems that still…

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Project Citizen: Bring civic engagement to your classroom

Project Citizen: Bring civic engagement to your classroom

08/21/2018

Topics: Digital Citizenship, ISTE Standards for Students, Project-based learning

Student activists at Florida’s Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High, who attracted global attention by demanding better gun laws after 17 of their classmates were killed inspired some Eugene, Oregon, students to take on a civic engagement project of their own.  

The…

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Empower learners through project-based learning

Empower learners through project-based learning

08/15/2018

Topics: Global collaboration, ISTE Standards for Students, Project-based learning, Student empowerment

Tell me if this scenario sounds familiar: A teacher wants her students to engage in project-based learning (PBL) and also demonstrate their learning. So at the end of a chapter or unit, she assigns them to research a topic, collect some images and present their slideshows to the class…

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Empower global citizens with PBL

Empower global citizens with PBL

12/17/2019

Topics: Global Collaborator, Project-based learning

Nearly 5,000 miles separate Paris, France, from Lopez Island in the state of Washington. Middle-school students from these far-flung locations worked together to research, curate and share the otherwise forgotten stories of World War I American soldiers buried abroad.

Students…

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4 ways to help students get workforce-ready

4 ways to help students get workforce-ready

01/10/2018

Topics: Coding & robotics, Computational Thinking, Digital Citizenship, Digital storytelling, Literacies, Makerspaces, professional learning, Project-based learning

Being a student should be a little like being an apprentice preparing for life in the real world. But when school is nothing like the future workplace, that goal is impossible to reach.

So what will the real world be like when students enter the workforce? We hear a lot about…

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