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May 28, 2019

The Engineering Design Cycle is the Method of Inquiry Used By Engineers.

This method of inquiry is specific to the domain of engineering and is used by engineers to create systems, engines, motors, machines, materials, structures, code and more. It’s also used in aviati...

May 28, 2019

When we think of empowering students with tools and techniques to navigate life, few opportunities may be as important as providing authentic experiences to develop their ability to inquire. Sometimes inquiry may seem like a somewhat vague term. If you'r...

October 30, 2017

Healthy competition plays a central role in the way many systems motivate and develop excellence. The space race, sports, war; any situation where two or more opposing powers compete for limited resources has pushed humanity, on various scopes, to new frontiers. If we...

August 13, 2017

I had always been enthralled by STEM. Every type of science interested me: geology, astrology, chemistry, math, robotics, you name it. I saw STEM as a channel for creativity and passion to solve real world problems. A profound desire to serve humanity drove this fascin...

October 8, 2015

Project Based Learning is a great model for unit planning and deeper learning. Some teachers are going further by anchoring a semester or a year in a unifying, engaging and provocative premise.

This premise helps them "brand" their classroom to better connect the d...

Another submission from a team of teachers and students in response to a design challenge for "classroom hacks" that increase creativity & innovation by promoting C & I student behaviors, teacher behaviors, and/or learning spaces. They came up with the following idea d...

August 25, 2014

I am a student in higher education at the

and we do Project-Based Learning. One of the most experiential projects we worked on involved using a carefully-constructed communication technique on a group of autistic individuals. During this project, which we called Struct...

August 20, 2014

It all started at a PBL Workshop not long ago. Ruben attended the workshop thinking he might catch up on emails, do some shopping, etc. "We’ve all been to that PD session. You know, the kind where you can kinda tune out," says Ruben.  But to Ruben’s surprise, he was im...

April 23, 2014

The teacher completed the Project Alignment Guide in which the teacher aligned products to learning outcomes to instruction to assessment. Now, it's time to build out the calendar. ​You have been able to see the project design process play out in this fictitious, but c...

April 10, 2014

In the first post, you had access to a snapshot of a PBL idea. How does that fit into the larger project planning process? Let's take a look at the Project Planning Process.​​​​

PHASES OF PROJECT PLANNING​​

PHASE 1 – BIG PICTURE PLANNING

  • Select Academic Learning Outco...

April 2, 2014

Part 1 - Check out this snapshot of a World Geography Project developed by teachers in Texas!

What I like - It's content rich, it creates a strong need to know, while the scenario is fictitious, the teacher has created an authentic connection with experts for the creati...

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