Get inspired by Project Based Learning! 3 Awesome PBL case studies


The key concept is active learning , which dovetails neatly into today’s topic where I will share with you three incredible Project Based Learning (PBL) case studies, that I hope will inspire you to be more ambitious in designing, developing and implementing PBL in your classroom.

Case Study: Read How Skaggs Schools Embrace BYOD with Google Apps

eSchool News

Skaggs Catholic Center in Utah comprises of a high school, middle school, elementary school, day center and church, all requiring fast, reliable and secure Wi-Fi to keep up with growing device density. “We We decided to embrace BYOD rather than resisting it”, explains Jim Duane, Director of Educational Resources. Xirrus Wi-Fi empowers them to adopt Google Apps for Education.

Figuring out flexibility in an elementary classroom

The Christensen Institute

” In retrospect, 5th-grade teacher Diane Johnson laments the lack of diversity of students’ experiences in her first blended-learning classroom at Orr Elementary School. Diane Johnson’s story accompanies four other educators’ blended learning journeys in our latest case study, “Blended (r)evolution: How 5 teachers are modifying the Station Rotation to fit students’ needs.” “Everyone was doing the same thing.”

A tale of two pilots

eSchool News

Here are two case studies of how carefully planned and executed pilots helped districts make informed choices—and improve teaching and learning. We received the funding, and in 2010, 29 Lightspeed systems were installed at Veterans Memorial Elementary.

Better Edtech Budgeting: How Yuma Elementary District Makes The Most of Its Money


This case study was featured in Chapter 4 of EdSurge's "State of Edtech" report. To the other 13 school/district case studies, click here. During 2009, then-Superintendent Darwin Stiffler and Associate Superintendent Duane Sheppard of Yuma Elementary School District One in Arizona had just taken their positions and were trying to figure out how to meet students’ needs. This case study was featured in Chapter 4 of EdSurge's "State of Edtech" report.

Beat Boredom: Engaging Tired-Out Teenagers in Critical Thinking

The CoolCatTeacher

One way that I was able to overcome that with that particular lesson was that I came up with four really small case studies about four actual people. I gave the kids a few minutes to read the case studies and think about, “What would you do in each case if it was you?

All Lessons Should Be Interdisciplinary

User Generated Education

I used to teach face-to-face elementary education classes to pre-service teachers. They did lots of group discussion, case study analysis, and hands-on activities. Elementary Social Entrepreneurship: A Perfect STEAM Lesson [link]. I am not a fan of worksheets.

How Cohorts Drive Maker Learning Growth Opportunities

Digital Promise

Stan Whiteman, principal of Duquesne Elementary School, believes the cohort experience and Maker Learning Leadership Framework tools help to “[identify] gaps in which we can strengthen opportunities for students.”

Channeling the anti-testing fervor

The Christensen Institute

Federally mandated testing has been one of the major points of discussion in Congress’s efforts this year to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). A recent study by the Council of the Great City Schools found that for 8th graders in urban public schools across the United States, assessments take up about 2.3 You don’t have to look far to find controversy regarding standardized testing.

Education Galaxy–Personalized Learning That’s Fun

Ask a Tech Teacher

Education Galaxy supports math, reading, language arts, and science at the elementary level (K-6). This combination of reward and reinforcement has been proven to be highly effective with elementary school learners. The Case for Positive Reinforcement in Classrooms.

1st Grade digital PBL: Does it work?


In my previous blog on the subject , we explored some of the better online resources for the elementary school teacher hoping to blend their elementary school classroom. 1st Grade digital PBL: a case study. Why is digital PBL so rare in foundational and elementary phases?

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What Students Gain From Learning Ethics in School


Her small class at Kent Place School in New Jersey was discussing a case study that concerned a woman who was thinking of leaving her disabled husband; caring for his injuries was devouring the woman’s every moment, and the couple’s affection for each other had fizzled.

9 Great Nonprofits to Support School Leaders

Tom Murray

Many of the organizations, which are listed alphabetically, have free tools, research, case studies, and resources that can seamlessly be utilized and implemented at the district and school levels.

5 Tech tools educators can use to teach social responsibility in the classroom


Funded and owned by the United Nations World Food Program, this nifty general knowledge quiz site simply donates grains of rice for every right answer, and is perfect for elementary school classrooms.

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Blended learning proof points showcase district schools

The Christensen Institute

First, the charter schools that garner attention for blended learning have, in many cases, used it to transform their entire schooling model. In this case that meant at the fringe of schools—in the advanced classes, foreign languages, and credit and dropout recovery options they couldn’t otherwise offer, for example. We published the first of these reports recently as a series of case studies titled Proof Points: Blended Learning Success in School Districts.

Why educators are moving away from the Station Rotation model

The Christensen Institute

The Station Rotation has consistently reigned as the most popular blended-learning model implemented by elementary schools. Of the 235 active elementary schools currently profiled in the BLU school directory , 136, or 58 percent, of them have a Station Rotation program.

After Early Results, Personalized Learning Is 'Quickly Becoming District-Wide' in Dallas


Rogers Elementary School in Texas get an unusual introduction to technology. Personalized learning is core to the model at Rogers Elementary, and Kristen Watkins, director of the personalized learning program at Dallas Independent School District, says that exposing students to multiple devices is an intentional part of the school’s approach. The elementary schoolers didn’t miss a beat. Students at Dan D.

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Dangerously Irrelevant

traditional classroom ‘projects’ (how is PBL different from what we normally do in our classes?) – Interrogating our instruction: Are these elementary and middle school projects any good? individualization – Interrogating our instruction: An elementary school scenario.

Dabbawalas, tutorial networks, and the naysayers

Dangerously Irrelevant

The dabbawalas have been profiled by the New York Times and NBC News , among many others, and there is even a Harvard Business School case study about them. . Students learn both the content they study and the practice of tutorials.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Highlight Key Elements for Success in Personalized Learning

The PL2C Blog

Charlotte, NC – Today The Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at NC State University’s College of Education and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) released an in-depth case study on CMS’ Personalized Learning (PL) efforts. Grand Oak Elementary School, Ridge Road Middle School, and Newell Elementary School are the three schools highlighted in the case study. Three schools select different paths to success.

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Lessons Learned While Creating Long Lasting Change in Providence Public Schools


This case study was originally published on Getting Smart. As the largest school district in Rhode Island, Providence Public Schools makes up 25% of the state’s entire elementary and secondary student population. InnovateEDU and Rhode Island’s Highlander Institute , leaders from Providence Public Schools agreed to participate in an implementation study during the 2016-17 academic year for a PL tool called Cortex.

Is blended learning closing achievement gaps?

The Christensen Institute

Last September, the Christensen Institute and the Evergreen Education Group published Proof Points , a compilation of 12 case studies of school districts around the country that have experienced improved student outcomes since implementing blended learning. The case studies demonstrate blended learning’s transformative power in high-poverty areas.

On the Road to Interoperability with Denver Public Schools


This case study was originally published on Getting Smart With a student enrollment edging ever closer to six figures, Denver Public Schools (DPS) is Colorado’s largest school district. More than 4,300 teachers instruct students in elementary, middle and high schools, along with a mix of non-traditional and charter schools run by three main charter management organizations: Strive, KIPP, and Denver Sciences Schools of Technology.

A rural Montana district goes all in on makerspaces

The Hechinger Report

Now the middle school, along with two of the district’s other elementary schools and its high school, have makerspaces. Related: A study finds promise in project-based learning for young low-income children.

Infusing blended learning with voice and choice

The Christensen Institute

In the case of one 4th-grade teacher in District of Columbia Public Schools highlighted in our latest case study , her blended-learning approach often dances skillfully between models to help her class become stronger, actively engaged learners. Cooke Elementary, had used the Lab Rotation and Station Rotation models for several years. A model of blended learning rarely looks the same across classrooms.

Personalizing the Station Rotation recipe

The Christensen Institute

When Education Elements partnered with Bella Romero for the 2015–16 school year, Jones and her cohort of elementary teachers launched blended learning with a uniform approach: a Station Rotation model using the online math curriculum Zearn, the online adaptive reading assessment i-Ready, and the online reading and writing curriculum tool Achieve3000. In some cases, this occurs in small groups.

7 Great NonProfits Changing the Face of Professional Learning

Tom Murray

As mentioned in my previous post 16 Great NonProfits Working to Support EdTech in Schools , prior to my role as the Director of Innovation for Future Ready Schools, I spent 14 years in a public school in Pennsylvania as an elementary and middle school teacher, middle school and elementary principal, and district level technology director.

Teacher Development Research Review: Keys to Educator Success

Digital Promise

Research shows that when professional learning communities demonstrate four key characteristics, they can improve teaching practice and student achievement in reading, writing, math, science, and social studies subject tests (Vescio et al., Lesson study. In one case study, teachers met regularly to develop video clips of their best teaching practices for the National Board Certification application (Brantlinger et al., This article originally appeared on Edutopia.

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The Buck Institute for Education Publishes Videos of Gold Standard PBL Projects


Tiny House Project – Katherine Smith Elementary School, San Jose, California. Students investigate techniques to improve water quality using the water crisis in Flint, Michigan as a case study.

How Baltimore CPS Used Communications Strategies to Create Personalized Learning Buy-In


In the case of Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS) , when the district began a huge leap to personalized learning, its leaders consciously began designing a communications strategy to bring together students, teachers and families. Three years ago, the pilot launched with ten elementary schools, and as of fall 2016, it has grown to include 20 schools (out of a total of 173 BCPS schools), specifically ten elementary schools, seven middle schools and three high schools.

Teachers Are Turning to AI Solutions for Assistance

EdTech Magazine

These intelligent tools can adapt pacing based on the student’s ability … and provide targeted, corrective feedback in case the student makes mistakes, so that the student can learn from them,” states an eSchool News report released earlier this year. At Slackwood Elementary School in New Jersey, AI assistants helped bolster first-grade students, a majority of whom were struggling to achieve high test scores in science, technology, engineering and math courses.

16 Great NonProfits Working to Support EdTech in Schools

Tom Murray

Prior to my role as the Director of Innovation for Future Ready Schools ® , I spent 14 years in a public school in Pennsylvania as an elementary and middle school teacher, middle school and elementary principal, and district level technology director. Many of the organizations listed have free tools, research, case studies, and resources that can seamlessly be utilized and implemented at the district and school levels.

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Is strength-based learning a “magic bullet?”

The Hechinger Report

Audrianna Lesieur, age 11, smiles after demonstrating the strength of “Confidence” with encouragement from classmate William Maestas as her teacher Val Seamons moves on to assist Billy Sabo at Lake Canyon Elementary School. Folks moved away, and the district had to close an elementary school.

The Classroom or Library as a Maker Space

User Generated Education

Both of the elementary schools where I work have general consumables for educators (and I believe it’s true for most schools): xerox paper, butcher block paper, crayons, scissors, tape, markers, rubber bands, papers clips.

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 9 Edition)

Doug Levin

Students selling notes online a legal gray area, schools say | ArkansasOnline → University of Arkansas faculty members are debating how to best deal with the selling of lecture notes by students, spurred on by the practices of online study resource companies known for aggressive recruiting tactics. It incorporates case studies to demonstrate how the framework and its dimensions could be operationalized, and how the gaps identified in the self-assessment exercise could be addressed.

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How Achievement First is Creating an Interoperable Ecosystem


This case study was originally published on Getting Smart Achievement First operates a network of 32 high-performing college-preparatory, K-12 public charter schools in Connecticut, Rhode Island and New York City. Since the opening of its initial school, Amistad Academy, in 1999, the network has grown to three states, opening elementary, middle and high schools centered on its “REACH” core values: Respect, Enthusiasm, Achievement, Citizenship and Hard Work.

Passwords, Permissions and Student Data—How One District Got Account Provisioning Right


Valenzisi’s district, located in southwestern Connecticut, comprises 11,600 students attending 12 elementary schools, four middle schools, two high schools, and one alternative high school program. Case Study: Clay County School District. The adoption of online educational resources has placed applications and digital files at the center of the teaching and learning experience in K-12 schools.

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