Last Thursday I presented a PBL session at MACUL in Grand Rapids. I had two sessions on Friday that I did not get to share because it was cancelled due to Corid-19 virus. Below are links to the resources from each session.
Wait, I Can Use Traditional Tools in PBL? In this session on Thursday, educators experienced a mini-PBL by participating in stations. We modeled the Say Anything and Harkness Protocol with practical articles about implementing PBL.
Scratch’n the Math Itch This was a math workshop demonstrating how to use Scratch for a PBL project. Access here is to student facing instructional slides for creating a simple game to learn about the coordinate plane (geared for upper elementary or middle school).
If you don’t live in Michigan this post may not be for you. On the other hand yeah it is.
Unsession that I “attended”
So our big edtech conference MACUL was this past few days. I can’t really tell you much about the sessions I attended. There were some good ones, but I won’t remember them next year or even in a few weeks. What I will remember is all of the people I met.
Conferences for me have become all about meeting great educators and learning from them in conversations in the hallways. Even one session that I did attend on setting up gaming in your classroom while interesting did not leave me feeling ready to try it in my classroom. But I “knew” the presenter virtually and met her this weekend. So I tweeted and set up a meeting to get some help from her. Admittedly during her session I zoned out a bit (it was the last one of the day so I was beat) because I knew that I would just talk to her later in person.
I could go on and on about what I learned from conversations with people. I will keep it short by saying my main takeaway is that Michigan is full of great educators and many of them “live” under the hashtag #Miched. I have participated in the chat a few times and knew some of them but after this conference I am committed to being an active part of the #Miched community rather than a “driveby tweeter.”
If you are looking for community online I can not recommend a better group of people than #Miched! I love learning from people online, but it is so much more powerful when it is with people that you also get to know in face to face conversations.