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Kyle Wagner

Kyle Wagner is a Getting Smart Staff Writer, a former educator at High Tech High, a Middle School Program Director at The International Montessori School, an author and founder of Transform Educational Consulting. He recently put together a PBL online course to help educators plan, assess, manage and reflect on project-based experiences with a team of expert practitioners. Find out more about the course here: https://projectbasedlearning.teachable.com/p/project-basedlearning You can connect with him at kylewagner@transformschool.com or on Twitter at @kwagssd3.

Student Public Radio: Community, Communication, and Other “Cs”

Beyond the obvious 21st century skills students develop in taking ownership of their own radio broadcast, they also forge connections to curriculum and content. Here, we explore the reasons (and some ways) to enable students to create and operate a radio station.

How to Give Students Future-Ready Skills Through Community Service

With community-engaged projects, students learn to solve problems, think creatively, manage uncertainty, and most importantly, how to coordinate and work with others. According to The World Economic Forum, these are the same top 5 future skills needed for 2020.

A Blended Environment: The Future of AI and Education

For many of us, using AI in our schools seems light years away. But by slowly and consciously embracing it, we can start to make the shifts necessary for the 21st-Century classroom.

Can Students Learn Entirely on their Own?

Students are capable of learning and organizing themselves completely on their own if they have the freedom to explore, are engaged in authentic and meaningful experiences, and have the chance to exhibit their work. Here's one example.

Building Student Ownership Through Community Mapping

What if we engaged students in the community around real problems, with real outcomes? What if they partnered with organizations who benefited from their insight? Community mapping is one way to make it happen

Want Authentic PBL? Take Students to the Farm

This was not a hypothetical project, dreamed up in a classroom far removed from the outside world. It was a real project with real problems, consequences and opportunities for growth.

5 Tech-Free Classroom Innovations, and Ideas for Getting Started

We don’t need unlimited funding or fancy high-tech toys to innovate our practice. Often, we just need to think differently. Here are five simple tech-free innovative learning experiences that will help you and your students think differently.