I'm giving a daylong workshop (pdf) at the SW Wisconsin Business and Education Summit at the Lenz Conference Center at Southwest Tech in Fennimore WI. My workshop notes and resources are available here. For more of my posts on PBL click here.
Your students explore their world with an expectation of choice and control that redefines traditional notions of learning and literacy. Increasingly educators are discovering that they can motivate students with a PBL approach that engages their students with the opportunity to think like professionals while solving real-world problems. This workshop gives participants the why, what, and how (to get started) of PBL.
I'll focus on six reasons why PBL can build skills and engage students.
Traditional instruction is based on “teaching as telling.” PBL creates learning experiences.
A new information “culture” demands a new literacy. PBL can build those skills
We need to increase the rigor in the classroom. PBL moves students to higher levels of Blooms.
PBL makes learning relevant - student take responsibility for their progress.
Usually the audience for thinking is the teacher - PBL shifts the focus to real world application.
Now that life’s become an open book test, memorizing facts and performing routine tasks are devalued.
One of the goals of my blog is to research, curate and effectively share information with my audience. Conferences are a great aggregator of expertise and information that have inspired some of my most popular blog posts. Here’s how to gather the conference backchannel using Wiffiti, Twitter StreamGraphs, Prezi, and Storify. A “how to” with sample visualizations.
I’m pleased to be invited as a guest blogger to the Instructional Technology Strategies Conference 2/20-22 in Portland, Oregon. To help live and virtual attendees follow the backchannel here’s two Twitter visualizers based on the the conference hashtag #ITSC11.
Here’s five themes to keep in mind if you want to engage your students or any audience. Including – backchannel, modeling, choice, responsibility and reflection. Tips and links for presenters and teachers.
I’m presenting at Cyprus Fairbanks ISD’s “Rigor, Relevance and Relationships Leadership Conference” near Houston Texas. (June 9-11, 2010). My keynote, “The Reflective Principal / the Reflective School,” is based on my Taxonomy of Reflection. To follow the conference Twitter stream, I created this Wiffiti visualization based on the conference hashtag #RRRCF.
I arrived at the ASCD conference in San Antonio today. So much to plan for over the next few days. Thought I'd try to capture it in a Prezi. Click the arrow, give it moment to load, then click to advance and navigate. For a full screen version - click ASCD 10 Friday Made with PreziFor more of [...]
Recently I posted about trying out Wiffiti in my professional development sessions. "Use Wiffiti to Engage Your Audience." Since then I've used it a few more times with great success. I thought I'd share a live Wiffiti screen with my readers. This is from my most recent training session at Pomperaug High School in Southbury [...]
I’m always looking for ways to make my presentations more engaging and interactive. (A must if you’re advocating more student-centered instruction.) I’ve been using a TurningPoint ARS for years with great results and have tried live blogs at my larger workshops. As a convert to Twitter, I thought it was the logical next step. I’ve experimented with [...]
I am proud of my life-long career in public education - especially the 25 years I spent as a teacher. For over 20 years, I have worked with school districts, state DOEs, leading educational organizations and companies to improve the quality of teaching and learning. I provide training and consulting services across the United States and internationally.
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