Scaffolding with PBL

When you look up the word “scaffolding” in the dictionary, the definition does not include any aspects of education.  Jamie McKenzie explains it well by stating that just as scaffolding in the construction world is designed to help workers build higher off the ground and reach what is beyond their current grasp, scaffolding in the classroom is … More Scaffolding with PBL

Planning Assessment for PBL

I struggled with developing assessments for my PBL project this week.  I understand that it is important to develop the assessment and know the desired outcomes prior to beginning the instruction.  In Meier’s presentation, she details Wiggins and McTighe notes about backward design to identify desired outcomes and then plan the instruction to reach those goals.  I … More Planning Assessment for PBL

The PBL Audience

My professor posed a question to us, “Is it still PBL without an authentic audience?” I have been thinking on this for some time.  According to the Buck Institute for Education, PBL needs to be authentic.  This is one of the essential elements to create a successful Project-Based Learning environment.  The project needs to feature … More The PBL Audience

Introductory Week in a Course about PBL

This week, I am beginning a course titled “Technology Enhanced Project Based Learning.”  The idea behind Project Based Learning, PBL, is that students explore and discover the content on their own through research and the creation of a project to be presented in some public (or electronic) forum.  PBL moves away from direct instruction which … More Introductory Week in a Course about PBL

Video In the Classroom

I talked with some of the professional educators that I work with to gather their thoughts about using video in the classroom. I am personally experimenting with a blended classroom to allow students to get some instructional material directly from me and to get some instruction from multimedia items such as videos (both those found … More Video In the Classroom

Relative Advantage of Instructional Software in the Classroom

Instructional Software According to Roblyer (2016), there are five types of instructional software.  The types are classified based on the instructional function that it is intended to serve: drill and practice, tutorial, simulation, instructional game, and problem-solving program.   Each type of software can be utilized in an Algebra 1 classroom.  With advances in technology, some … More Relative Advantage of Instructional Software in the Classroom