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Project-Based Learning vs. Problem-Based Learning vs. X-BL

Project-Based Learning vs. Problem-Based Learning vs. X-BL

Edutopia - John Larmer

The term "project learning" derives from the work of John Dewey and dates back to William Kilpatrick, who first used the term in 1918. At BIE, we see project-based learning as a broad category which, as long as there is an extended "project" at the heart of it, could take several forms or be a combination of: Designing and/or creating a tangible product, performance or event; Solving a real-world problem (may be simulated or fully authentic); Investigating a topic or issue to develop an answer to an open-ended question. Read More


Can Your Kids Learn From Zombies?

Can Your Kids Learn From Zombies?

Zombie-Based Learning

The ZBL narrative follows the different stages of the zombie outbreak: Pre-planning, the outbreak, after the outbreak, survival, resettlement and rebuilding society. Students apply the knowledge and critical thinking that meets geography standards instead of just memorizing maps and capitols. The goal is to practice higher order thinking skills and think like a geographer. Read More


Moving Beyond Screen Time

Moving Beyond Screen Time

RAND Corporation

Conversations about what constitutes “developmentally appropriate” use of technology in early childhood education (ECE) have, to date, focused largely on a single, blunt measure—screen time—that fails to capture important nuances, such as what type of media a child is accessing and whether technology use is taking place solo or with peers. Using screen time as the primary measure of developmentally appropriate use has become increasingly inappropriate, as new technologies are ever more rapidly introduced and integrated into all aspects of life. Read More


What Do Americans Really Think About U.S. Education?

What Do Americans Really Think About U.S. Education?

Edudemic

There’s always chatter about how schools in the US are failing or succeeding. About how test scores are too low compared to other students around the globe. About how standardized testing is right or wrong, good or bad for our students. About how schooling (or unschooling) should really work. But what we talk about less often is how we feel about individual subjects that are taught in school. Read More


Should I Put My Child on a Play Diet?

Should I Put My Child On a "Play Diet?"

LearningWorks for Kids

Should I put my child on a play diet? If you are like most parents, one of the issues you face is finding the best balance between digital play and traditional play for their children. By “digital play,” I am referring to the use of video games, computers, websites like Facebook and YouTube, and mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. These technologies are incredibly powerful, alluring, and invasive. Read More


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