12 Ideas to Try in 2023

iBlocks PBL   (Some sample iBlocks)  The start of a new year is always a great time to explore ideas, especially after having some time away during a winter break to relax and recharge. Kicking off January or any time when looking for new ideas throughout the year, it’s always good to have a list […]

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Podcast: Jenny Pieratt on Powerful PBL

[…] Smart team is bringing you an episode focused on project-based learning featuring special guest, Jenny Pieratt. Jenny is the founder and President of CraftED Curriculum, an incredible PBL resource that offers educators and administrators a wide range of training and tools to help them achieve the PBL goals they have set for their organizations. […]

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Equity & Access

Innova: A Revolution in Education?

[…] school courtyard included a popular school cafe, offering healthy snacks to students during morning and afternoon breaks. The academic structure of the school applies a project-based ( PBL) approach to teaching and learning. To scaffold project development, the school is divided into three stages: pre-k discovery, primary exploration, and secondary construction. Additionally, the school […]

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STEM & Maker

6 STEM Resources for Every Classroom

[…] the content being taught with incorporating STEM activities in our classrooms. We can also use some methods like genius hour or 20% time or project-based learning ( PBL), which provide students the opportunity to engage in independent work and enable them to develop these essential “workplace” and SEL skills. Trying some design challenges in […]

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Future of Learning

Making Time to Reflect

[…] Videos and Observations: The use of video reflections can be quite helpful for educators. A few years ago, a student of mine captured her thoughts while doing PBL by recording short videos and then posting them on a Padlet. With these tools, she was able to reflect on her learning and thoughts throughout the […]

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Difference Making

Learner-Centered and Project-Based Middle Schools

[…] in San Diego County. They are all exemplary at interdisciplinary project-based learning–particularly at infusing art. They have their own graduate school of education which is great on PBL, design thinking, and equitable learning.  Project Adapt, High Tech Middle Media Arts Cajon Valley USD in east San Diego Co is strong on K-8 career education […]

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Future of Learning

Play-Based Learning and Weekly Porch Chats

[…] a larger-than-ever focus on learning and wellness, one of the ways that continue to attract more and more practitioners and proponents each day is Play-Based Learning ( PBL). For those that would like to learn more about what PBL looks like and how universal it is, the weekly Porch Play Chats from the USA Chapter […]

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Future of Learning

How Systems And States Can Encourage More And Better Project-Based Learning

[…] collaboration. And, it can be difficult to get all students prepared to contribute to demanding challenges. Leading experts supported the development of the High-Quality Project-Based Learning (HQ PBL) framework with support from PMIEF. It provides guidance to teachers on what high-quality PBL student experiences ought to look like and include. States and school systems […]

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Can’t Miss Education Conferences in 2024

[…] go to learn about new tools and strategies. This event boasts endless learning opportunities perfect for industry reps, teachers, tech coordinators/directors, administrators, library media specialists and policymakers. PBL World June 24-27, 2024; Napa Valley, CA PBL World is a multi-day Project Based Learning conference presented by PBLWorks. This event brings together educators – K-12 […]

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Personalized Learning

Telling Our Stories: Connecting Globally

[…] to be successful in our constantly evolving world. Telling Our Story We need to focus on peer collaboration and on a global scale. In my classroom, using PBL over the past few years has led to amazing learning experiences for my students and for me. We have leveraged different digital tools to make those […]

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