Thursday, November 8, 2012

Handheld and Project Focused Learning: Tony Vincent 2012

Great video- how to convince adults that our classrooms need to change- by students- link on notes page Here:

Handheld computers are everywhere. From mobile phones to handheld games, it's a very familiar sight to see people of all ages gazing into screens that they can hold. Schools are discovering that handhelds make great learning tools. In fact, handhelds can play a big part in project-based learning. Not only do projects motivate students because they use exciting handheld technology, but they also lend themselves to student voice and choice. Be inspired to bring project-based learning into your classroom, learn strategies for creating effective driving questions, and see how an iPad or iPod touch can play a role in the the planning, investigation, and presentation of projects. 

Process for learning through projects:
  1. Question
  2. Investigate
  3. Share 
    "If students are sharing their work with the world, they want it to be good.  If they're sharingit with their teacher- they just want it to be good enough."  

    The Three Cs from the Partnership for 21st Century Skills:
    • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
    • Communication
    • Collaboration 
    Radio WillowWeb podcast for kids, by kids
    Make any image into an online jigsaw puzzle at Jigsaw Planet. Try this jigsaw of the definition of project-based learning. iPad users can use the Up in Pieces app to make jigsaws from any saved images.
    Projects take an extended period of time to complete.
    Activities can be completed in a a matter of a few class periods.
    Angela Maiers’ mantra: “You are a genius and the world needs your contribution.”
    Do you want to cover material for students or do you want them to uncover it for themselves? 
    “The greatest obstacle to learning is coverage.” -Howard Garner

    Project-Based versus Project-Oriented Learning video by art teacher Jeff Robin.
    Create a grading rubric with student input. Rubistar is a great place to design rubrics. Project Based Checklists is another place to help keep students on track with their projects.