Another school year is just around the corner and it’s so important that we keep project-based learning to ensure our students have authentic and deeper learning. This will likely involve bringing PBL into a combination of face-to-face, e-learning and a mixed environment. Regardless of your district approach, now is the time to facilitate student-centered learning that enables project-based learning. In this second post in this series, I’ll be providing thoughts and free resources to help you blend naturally and eLearning face-to-face with a PBL opportunity. Hope you found the first article in this series useful, and if you missed it, check it out. Please take a moment to sign up via email or RSS and follow me too Twitter at the mjgormans. I promise you will find some great information this school year. Register now and pass it on with a retweet! – Mike Gorman (https://21centuryedtech.wordpress.com/)
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Using your LMS and tech tools: PBL and blended learning (part 2)
“How can I enable PBL in a blended learning environment?”
Let’s return to this driving question that I should reflect on in my book first contribution on the subject of blended learning. When students are engaged and enthusiastic about learning, as they are during a good project, it always goes beyond the physical classroom.
Many teachers and students describe their best PBL experience as something they thought about after the end of the school day. With educators facing the likelihood of a different way of teaching and learning this fall, we need to purposely find ways to use technology to improve learning across physical space and time. What should we think about to answer our driving question?
Let’s look at the following questions to incorporate technology into the learning experience.
1. How can I use a Learning Management System (LMS) and other applications to simplify Gold Standard PBL?
The LMS is an important part of the online learning experience. It is important to take full advantage of this before using any other tools. It can be helpful to do a crosswalk with the PBLWorks Model for Gold Standard PBL and the school’s LMS. Other tools may complement the LMS after careful evaluation, taking into account the school budget, technological capabilities, and the district’s Acceptable Use Policy (AUP). Some of these tools can even be used together using multiple windows. An amazing place to start the review process for these tools is to visit Common Sense Education and read the reviews from other teachers.
2. How do I emphasize student production and not just consumption when using technology?
PBL is all about enabling students to create and run content. I believe that SAMR model On the transformation levels of modification and redefinition, the students are given personal responsibility, which in turn promotes commitment. The Pedagogy Wheel shows how SAMR, Bloom’s Taxonomy, and online resources promote student-owned learning activities for the online environment.
3. What technology tools do I need to use to encourage student collaboration, success skills, reflection, criticism and visual thinking?
These activities and routines are very important for deeper learning and understanding and must be part of the online experience. The same visual thinking routines could enable a transition to the digital environment. Indeed, this will be a necessity in a physical classroom where social distancing must be practiced. Tools like Zoom, Seesaw, and Google Draw can be customized for this transition. visit Harvard’s Project Zero to explore and then decide which tool could be used. How could a zoom breakout room combined with Nearpod, to be used for the Right Question Institute Question formulation technique (QFT)? How could you integrate the PBLWorks? Indicators for the Success Skills section in your LMS?
4. How do I enable students to own their learning and develop their unique and creative technological skills to provide authentic performance reviews?
A learning management system provides the automatic tests and tests that are useful but cannot be relied on alone. Educators need to dig deeper into the LMS and integrate it with other services and possible performance-based activities. look at that Performance-based resource bank from the Stanford Center for Assessment, Learning, and Justice (SCALE). How can it be customized for the online experience? You may also find some of the standout Projects at PBLWorks can make the transition.
5. How can I ensure that student activities include the full Bloom taxonomy and other deeper learning opportunities?
It seems that standardized tests have forced teachers to expand the nouns while sometimes leaving little time for the important verbs that are also included in the standards, such as: B. Criticism, reflection, defense and encouragement. Read through your standards and find ways to incorporate these important actions into the online learning experience. Kathy Schrock has a wonderful resource Bloomin appswhich provides some ideas and resources to make the online experience with such verbs explode.
As you answer these questions, the path to providing a blended learning experience with PBL becomes more and more visible.
You will find that your students work just as hard, if not harder, than you. It no longer matters where or when the learning takes place and no virus can get in the way. It’s a journey that reinforces authentic content learning and builds critical success skills while creating connections between school, home, community and the world.
Thank you for joining me on this wonderful journey of learning in the 21st century (and before). Join me for the coming weeks as we jointly explore other posts on Flipped Classrooms, Project-Based Learning, 21st Century Skills Assessment, PBL, STEM, Technology Integration, Web Resources, and Digital Competency. I love to learn from all of you. Also remember to subscribe to this blog via RSS or email and follow me on Twitter at mjgormans. I am also pleased about your approval of this post and all retweets. Keep up the good work, have a great week and enjoy this wonderful new school year. Welcome in the future! – Mike Gorman
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