Category: Technology


NMC Horizon Report Gives a Glimpse of PBL Future

The recent New Media Consortium (NMC) 2015 K-12 report gives a glimpse at where education technology may go in the next 5 years. The report identifies trends, challenges, and developments that we may see as technology becomes increasingly integral to the educational experience. A recent summary of the report from the Korea IT Times highlights two major ways […]

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Pack your headphones for these final exams.

The last time you listened to a podcast, did you think, “Hmmm… making one of these might make for a good final exam?” If not, then this post is just for you! For months, 10th grade English students from Norwalk High School (Connecticut) listened to Serial, a podcast that tells one true story over the course of […]

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Project-Based Learning – What’s the Bigger Picture?

Another school year is in the books, and educational institutions now have the time to recharge for the 2015-2016 school year.  As I’ve covered, project-based learning is growing in popularity.  Thus it would not be surprising to see more schools use this summer to think of ways to implement this learning approach into their classrooms (especially […]

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Using Student Work to Backward Design PBL

I love the concept of backward design. Think of the desired learning outcome first, determine how to measure if learning occurred, and then form the learning activity. How can you lose? I’ve been thinking about how such an approach could be linked to project-based learning. Yes, we could establish the learning goal and how to […]

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How to get rid of ads

During the past three years I spent a lot of time in classrooms with teachers and students using Choosito to help them find good resources for their projects. As you know, Choosito displays no ads.  There are many websites, however, including sites you can find in Choosito’s Library that have tons of ads. This is because […]

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Site evaluation criteria for students in elementary grades

This is the first of a series of posts on teaching research skills on the internet.  Let me give some background, first, to give you the context of these posts.  Choosito! has been extensively piloted in K-12 classrooms. This is because we wanted to develop a set of search tools that best fit real needs […]

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