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Art, Science, & The Brain

From October 31 to November 1, 2011 a national delegation of 300 innovators in public education will take part in a groundbreaking “knowledge eXchange” – Art, Science and the Brain: New Models of Learning for the 21st Century. Interactive sessions will “explore inquiry-based learning and its effect on our brains.” The emerging field of project-based education, which synthesizes art and science, is multi-faceted. This is reflected in the range of interrelated themes and sessions including: New…

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Project Skills for Students

Kim Liegel is a pioneer in the emerging field of Project Based Learning for K-12. In 2004, she presented her groundbreaking presentation: “Project-Based Learning and the Future of Project Management” at the North America PMI Global Congress. As a result, Ms. Liegel helped bring together thought leaders from the PBL movement, educators using PBL, and the PMI Educational Foundation to create a network of mentors and educators prepared to support the growing demand for PBL. Her book ‘Make…

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PBL & Design Thinking

The Table below compares Project Based Learning and Design Thinking vis-à-vis features, processes, and assessment. This is a distillation from several sources in both areas. There’s great overlap between the two methodologies. This is because both focus on collaborative projects addressing real world challenges. There are some differences. Design Thinking, while project based, makes significant use of imagination, visual expression, creativity, and prototyping. To be effective in either methodology, good social and emotional skills are…

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School of One

School of One, based in NYC, offers an innovative, audacious new way for students to learn. Joel Rose, the school’s founder, states it “is based on one simple idea—that we are organizing an entire school around the needs of each individual student.” The school uses a holistic interdisciplinary approach that capitalizes on technology to support students based on their individual learning styles. The school uses what is called a ’student playlist’. This provides a global profile…

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Collaboration

Collaboration is a key skill for succeeding in school and life. With businesses seeking employees able to work in teams and collaborate on projects, more educators are looking for ways to incorporate these skills into the learning process. “Everyone needs to be able to collaborate in a group, because that’s how things are done in the real world. No one sits alone and works by themselves any more,” says Stan Silverman, director of technology-based learning systemsat…

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Diversity of Expression

The slideshow below features  iTags, weTags, and allTags literally drawn from different Prelude sessions. These powerful artefacts, created by players ages 12 to 50+, illustrate the rich diversity of expression available by combining basic words, symbols, and colors. While the process of self, peer, and group discovery follows a similar arc during each game played, the actual artefacts created are unique every time. For more about Visual Thinking please see Heliograph, a sister blog. It’s worth…

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