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A Winning Pair: Online Learning and Projects

Project Based Learning has become a preferred learning modality in many schools today. As noted by the Buck Institute for Education, Project Based Learning helps students develop deeper learning competencies that can be applied in the real world. According to latest research findings and practical experience, highlights of Project Based learning are: 
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EdTech

Method Students Launch Online Marketing Campaign

Is This Project Based Learning? There are so many definitions of Project Based Learning (PBL) it's hard to keep up. As a non-educator, I might not be the expert that some are. But I have worked in the K-12 market for 15 years, and I don't think anyone owns the definition of PBL. It's open source, it's public, and there are many variations of it. It's one of those things that you know it when you see it, regardless of what people define it as. With that in mind, I wanted to share a project some of our high school students have been working on. 
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quality schools

What Should I Look For? How To Pick The Right Charter School

LOTS TO CHOOSE FROM You probably don’t need us to tell you this, but there are lots of schools to choose from - especially with the rapid growth of charter schools. California is at the heart of the school choice movement, with well over 1,000 charter schools. We spoke with a parent recently who had a son at a well-known charter school in San Diego County. She was very diplomatic about it, but she made it clear that there were certain things that just didn’t work for her son at his current school. This mom isn’t alone. Nearly every day we speak to parents - and often students - who are simply not satisfied with their current school. In this era of school choice, there's no reason to suffer through a school that isn't meeting the specific needs of your child. There are simply too many options out there to choose from. But of course, all of this choice can lead to confusion and information overload.  Below is our best shot at a list for parents to consider when choosing the right school for their child. This post will focus primarily on parents and students considering public charter schools, although it could certainly be expanded to private and traditional public schools as well. 
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quality schools

Project Based Learning Matches How Students Learn

I have been working in the charter school industry in a variety of capacities for many years. The experience combined with many years of schooling from teaching and administrative credential programs to a PhD program in curriculum, has prompted much reflection on education, schooling and what and how we learn best. As a lifelong participant in the public education system throughout grades K-12, I share a similar classroom experience with many of daily lecturing, textbooks, section reviews and common assessments. Similar to most of my classmates, I was not thrilled about the presentation of angles and intersecting lines or the proper use of a dangling modifier. The content was consistently delivered the same and we were always assessed in the same way. I frequently found myself forgetting information that was presented during class and often felt like I wasn’t learning anything permanently or useful.    
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curriculum

Falling And Getting Back Up

Like many people, I've always enjoyed building things. I'm happy personally and professionally when I'm in a position to build something that's meaningful. I don't think I'm unique in this way. 
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