Category: 21st Century Skills

Need an Alternative to Google’s Reading Filter?

It was May of 2015, and The Internet was up in arms. It wasn’t because of a casting decision for some superhero blockbuster. It had nothing to do with a Kardashian. It wasn’t even a gaffe by a politician. No, this controversy had to do with one of Google’s Advanced Search filters – the search […]

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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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The Hard Question of Equity, Access, and PBL

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 […]

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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 […]

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