The 2015 Digital Media+Learning (DML) conference is currently underway. The theme this year is “Equity by Design.” I had a chance to catch the engaging opening session via online stream. The panel included CNN Political contributor Van Jones, MSNBC contributor Maria Teresa Kumar, and University of Texas at Austin Professor S. Craig Watkins. This was a […]Continue Reading
Marcus T. Wright
Is failure a positive result in PBL?
When I was a kid, the idea of failing was incredibly frightening. I don’t recall hearing anyone say anything positive about that word. Failing was something to be avoided at all costs. These days, things are a bit different. The concept of failing as a positive thing and the learning that can occur through overcoming failure has gained […]Continue Reading
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 […]Continue Reading
How Schools Can Help Students Solve Real-Life Problems
Often we talk about PBL in terms of how it helps students with their own learning. But there’s another area where PBL can allow students to shine – serving others to address real-life problems. We see a great example of this from Glendale High School (Springfield, MO). As part of their PBL-based curriculum called “Quest,” […]Continue Reading
Kids Can Design Video Games to Power-Up PBL
I remember booting up Super Mario Bros. for the first time. The bright colors. The iconic theme music. Jumping on my first goomba. Good times. What I didn’t think about back then was how many people actually worked on the game. Someone designed the level. Someone else composed the music. Someone else did the artwork and […]Continue Reading
Should School Districts Open Incubators for Project Based Learning?
Often times educators are faced with the challenge of integrating project-based learning into an already established classroom, within an already established school. Integrating such change can run into all types of obstacles, with one reason being that the infrastructure of the school (physically and intellectually) was not originally intended for such an immersive and potentially […]Continue Reading