RSS

Monthly Archives: June 2013

Visual Project Organizer for the Driving Question

What I gathered from this we is writing the driving question sets the foundation for the project and the essence or what you will assess. The subsequent questions guide the students progress by asking key open-ended questions. I can see the need to revise and add to the list of questions as students begin working on the project, keeping in mind they aren’t assessments but prompts to keep the students moving through the process of creating the end product.

gelatin

Driving Question for The Case of the Ooze

 

Tags:

Project 1 Multimedia Presentation

This project is intended as an introduction of expectations for student behaviors in the classroom. Our school uses Positive Behavior Intervention Supports for student behavior management. We are still in the implementation stage and have a ways to go but we are making positive strides! This presentation can be used for any class at my middle school, with a few edits to the comments specific to the computer lab.

 

Tags:

Visual Project Organizer for the Driving Question

What I gathered from this we is writing the driving question sets the foundation for the project and the essence or what you will assess. The subsequent questions guide the students progress by asking key open-ended questions. I can see the need to revise and add to the list of questions as students begin working on the project, keeping in mind they aren’t assessments but prompts to keep the students moving through the process of creating the end product.

gelatin

Click on the link for a larger version Driving Question for The Case of the Ooze

 

Project 1 Multimedia Presentation

This project is intended as an introduction of expectations for student behaviors in the classroom. Our school uses Positive Behavior Intervention Supports for student behavior management. We are still in the implementation stage and have a ways to go but we are making positive strides! This presentation can be used for any class at my middle school, with a few edits to the comments specific to the computer lab.

 

PBL and Diverse Learners Article Review and Reflection

During the first week of this course we selected what topic to address on introducing PBL. I chose group 3: What are the current and potential issues surrounding the use of Project Based Learning in traditional or nontraditional schools. I found numerous articles on the benefits of project based learning primarily by Crane(2006) and Morehouse (2008), and interesting video ACE Leadership High School. All of the sources I found pointed to how PBL benefited students, including those “at-risk.”

I continued looking for articles for this assignment and found several that specifically addressed PBL and diverse learners. Intel, in a publication for designing effective projects for their education program, put it very clearly “many teachers are pleased to find a model that accommodates diverse learners by introducing a wider range of learning opportunities into the classroom” (2007). Other articles highlighted how using technology eases the differentiation of instruction (Hobgood & Ormsby, nd). A study conducted by Beneke and Ostrosky highlighted how project based learning worked well with preschool students with diverse needs (2009).  I was not surprised to find that research supports the use of PBL for diverse learners, I was somewhat surprised by successfully utilization with diverse needs three year old preschoolers considering all the hype you hear that it can’t work with kindergarten students. The study puts a damper on the argument that primary students are too young to learn using project based learning.

As a CTE teacher, project based learning is the way I teach. Some projects are more structured than others, all are guided by standards, and allow for ease in differentiating instruction. I think teaching in a computer lab fosters this style of teaching, as does being an “elective” teacher. Even though the state has high standards for continued program certification, my content doesn’t come under close scrutiny like language arts, math, and science.  This has allowed freedom to use PBL in my classroom and presented numerous team-teaching opportunities over the years.

For my project, I am rather torn. I found an interesting project on ePals that might be a good springboard. However, the Super Commercials from Teach 21 really piqued my interest. The project is aligned to our school’s curriculum map, so adapting it would be easy. I think that using the Super Commercial as a starting point and blending it with an old bell work assignment might just be a good starter project for my students. If I am headed down the wrong path, then it is back to the drawing board.

References:

Beneke, S., & Ostrosky, M. (2009). Teachers’ views of the efficacy of incorporating the project approach into classroom practice with diverse learners. Early Childhood Research and Practice, 11(1).

Crane, E. (2006). Global nomads: At-Risk students connect with peers worldwide.
Edutopia. Retrieved from http://www.edutopia.org/global-nomads-group-worldwide-videoconferencing

Intel (2007) retrieved from: http://download.intel.com/education/Common/ro/Resources/DEP/projectdesign/DEP_pbl_research.pdf

Hobgood, B., & Ormsby, L. (nd). Inclusion in the 21st-century classroom: Differentiating with technology.  Retrieved from http://www.learnnc.org/lp/editions/every-learner/6776

Morehouse, L. (2008). Diplomas for (would-be) dropouts: Project learning serves the most at-risk students. Edutopia. Retrieved fromhttp://www.edutopia.org/at-risk-students-project-learning

 
Leave a comment

Posted by on June 26, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

PBL and Diverse Learners Article Review and Reflection

During the first week of this course we selected what topic to address on introducing PBL. I chose group 3: What are the current and potential issues surrounding the use of Project Based Learning in traditional or nontraditional schools. I found numerous articles on the benefits of project based learning primarily by Crane(2006) and Morehouse (2008), and interesting video ACE Leadership High School. All of the sources I found pointed to how PBL benefited students, including those “at-risk.”

I continued looking for articles for this assignment and found several that specifically addressed PBL and diverse learners. Intel, in a publication for designing effective projects for their education program, put it very clearly “many teachers are pleased to find a model that accommodates diverse learners by introducing a wider range of learning opportunities into the classroom” (2007). Other articles highlighted how using technology eases the differentiation of instruction (Hobgood & Ormsby, nd). A study conducted by Beneke and Ostrosky highlighted how project based learning worked well with preschool students with diverse needs (2009).  I was not surprised to find that research supports the use of PBL for diverse learners, I was somewhat surprised by successfully utilization with diverse needs three year old preschoolers considering all the hype you hear that it can’t work with kindergarten students. The study puts a damper on the argument that primary students are too young to learn using project based learning.

As a CTE teacher, project based learning is the way I teach. Some projects are more structured than others, all are guided by standards, and allow for ease in differentiating instruction. I think teaching in a computer lab fosters this style of teaching, as does being an “elective” teacher. Even though the state has high standards for continued program certification, my content doesn’t come under close scrutiny like language arts, math, and science.  This has allowed freedom to use PBL in my classroom and presented numerous team-teaching opportunities over the years.

For my project, I am rather torn. I found an interesting project on ePals that might be a good springboard. However, the Super Commercials from Teach 21 really piqued my interest. The project is aligned to our school’s curriculum map, so adapting it would be easy. I think that using the Super Commercial as a starting point and blending it with an old bell work assignment might just be a good starter project for my students. If I am headed down the wrong path, then it is back to the drawing board.

References:

Beneke, S., & Ostrosky, M. (2009). Teachers’ views of the efficacy of incorporating the project approach into classroom practice with diverse learners. Early Childhood Research and Practice, 11(1).

Crane, E. (2006). Global nomads: At-Risk students connect with peers worldwide.
Edutopia. Retrieved from http://www.edutopia.org/global-nomads-group-worldwide-videoconferencing

Intel (2007) retrieved from: http://download.intel.com/education/Common/ro/Resources/DEP/projectdesign/DEP_pbl_research.pdf

Hobgood, B., & Ormsby, L. (nd). Inclusion in the 21st-century classroom: Differentiating with technology.  Retrieved from http://www.learnnc.org/lp/editions/every-learner/6776

Morehouse, L. (2008). Diplomas for (would-be) dropouts: Project learning serves the most at-risk students. Edutopia. Retrieved fromhttp://www.edutopia.org/at-risk-students-project-learning

 
Leave a comment

Posted by on June 26, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

PBL sites in review

In sifting through various sites this week I found several such as Teach 21 that are searchable by grade level, subject, and/or standard. I found one site – the Salvadori Center that charges for their lesson plans. All you can see a synopsis of the project but no information on grade level or standards. Some sites are age or grade level specific. For example the Human Computer Interaction Lab site is for students 7-11 years old and BIE has the links assorted by grade level. What I like about ePals is you choose your preferred language and age bracket to filter projects. I found a perfect project for my school’s 7-8 language arts classes, to communicate with a small community in Canada about the similarities and differences from the cultural perspective of indigenous people. You have to do some searching but Edutopia does have lessons, there is a cool middle school project dealing with zombies

The site I like the most is West Virginia’s Teach 21. The site is searchable by content and grade level. Once you find a project it unwraps the academic and Century 21 standards.  

 
Leave a comment

Posted by on June 23, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

Tags: