Thom Markham, a noted educational expert on project-based learning (PBL), has written that the shift to the Common Core can be accomplished with a “well-designed problem solving methodology that moves students through an inquiry process, during which they develop the skills necessary to analyze information and answer open-ended questions.” This process will help achieve the Common Core goals of collaboration, communication, and critical thinking. (more…)
The 5 Essential Steps of the Inquiry Cycle for Project-Based Learning
Unlike traditional learning based on rote memorization, the Inquiry Cycle of project-based learning begins with a question or query that forms the basis of a learning investigation. More often than not, educators form student groups to work collaboratively on a project. Successful outcomes are often a result of the level of research and analytical skills developed by the students throughout the course of the project. (more…)
Califone is proud to welcome guest bloggers Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey.
Technology has transformed our teaching. In every way we can imagine, from the modeling we provide for students as we read from a tablet, capturing the language for students’ later use to simply entering grades in a gradebook so that parents and students can access it at any time, computers and tablets with Internet access have changed how we do our work. (more…)
Califone announced changes to its flagship Performer Plus Multimedia Player / Recorder for the upcoming 2013-14 academic year. (more…)
Califone will invite teachers to share how they’re using classroom technology with their students. We’d like to welcome this time guest blogger, Matt Gomez.
I have written about headphones we use in my class before and everything I posted there is still true. The Califone headphones have been exactly what I needed for my class and more importantly they continue to work after two years of Kindergarten kids using them daily. (more…)
Many districts are trying to help their teachers understand why the Common Core Standards are different from previous sets of standards. But, as often happens with “big” changes in education, educators are left to figure out the details on their own. Fortunately, good resources are beginning to hit mainstream education channels. (more…)
Part of a continuing series of Califone guest bloggers.
Helen and I have talked about Futaba in our podcasts. It’s a great way to gamify student skill mastery with the assistance of a few headsets. A few days ago, two of my tech club kids and my lab aide created sets for PreK games in the app. Right now there aren’t many ready sets in the app for preschoolers. Creating sets and games was pretty easy. (more…)
Most educators and schools are working with restricted budgets; so stretching the technology dollar is a high priority. Many schools are fortunate to have iPads, but there are more schools with one iPad per classroom than those who have an iPad for every student. (more…)