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Project-Based Learning: Doing It Right!

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This week it was a pleasure to welcome #gtchat Advisor and long-time friend of our chat, Ginger Lewman, to discuss project-based learning. Ginger is a popular keynote and presenter at gifted and education conferences around the world. If you ever get a chance to hear her speak, it will be an experience to remember.

The benefits of project-based learning are extensive and especially good for gifted and talented students. It is a driver for critical thinking, collaboration and innovation. Project-based learning can spark creativity and develop problem solving skills as well as provide deeper, more meaningful learning for students.

“Soft skills and emotional intelligence can be a struggle for some gifted and talented students. Project-based learning helps them grow in a safe environment. Students get to work in areas of strength and interest bringing interests. Good for all students, but essential to untapped potential.”                                                                             ~ Ginger Lewman

Teachers and students are  the primary stakeholders and beneficiaries in the pedagogical shift to project-based learning. Students are now in the driver’s seat and  the teacher is the facilitator.  To make the shift work well, teachers must be open to the democratization of their classrooms; be willing to open up their own thinking to criticism. Students should realize efficacy in their efforts; empowered to lead rather than follow. Parents, too, are stakeholders when they seek to hold the system accountable for authentic learning by becoming involved.

How does an educator design and implement quality project-based learning? They need to understand that it’s a steep learning curve for all involved at the beginning. ‘Planning sessions must focus on long-term sustainability instead of a just one-off workshop.’ (TeachThought)

“Project-based learning can be a gateway-drug for seeing students’ strengths, interests, and talents. AND for recognizing a NEED for something MORE.”                                                                              ~ Ginger Lewman

Teachers must balance project-based learning with testing, accountability, curriculum and pacing. They need to begin to think differently about testing and accountability; learning to think trumps content every time. Today, teaching is going under some fundamental changes requiring a lot of soul searching about outcomes and authenticity.

What does quality feedback look like and how do you assess the success of project-based learning? High quality project-based learning leads to the creation of a product such as a display, performance, or construction. Assessments include peer and self-assessment, are both formative and summative, develop content and success skills,  as well as process and products. (Getting Smart)

You can take project-based learning to the next level with more sophisticated project design and assessment. Self-reflection completes a quality project-based learning  experience through journaling, presentation and/or group discussion. Performance tasks should reflect competency by demonstrating knowledge and skills. The projects will show authentic learning including student choice and voice. A transcript of this chat can be found at Storify.

Global #gtchat Powered by the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented  is a weekly chat on Twitter. Join us Tuesdays at 8E/7C/6M/5P in the U.S. and Wednesdays at Noon NZST/10 AM AEST/1 AM UK  to discuss current topics in the gifted community and meet experts in the field. Transcripts of our weekly chats can be found at Storify. Our Facebook Page provides information on the chat and news & information regarding the gifted community. Also, checkout our Pinterest Page and Playlist on YouTube.

Head Shot 2014-07-14  About the authorLisa Conrad is the Moderator of Global #gtchat Powered        by TAGT and Social Media Manager of the Global #gtchat Community. She is a longtime  advocate for gifted children and also blogs at  Gifted Parenting Support. Lisa can be contacted at: gtchatmod@gmail.com

Links:

PBL and LifePractice PBL

Ginger Lewman (website)

About Ginger Lewman

STEAMmaker Camps

7 Questions to Guide Your PBL Implementation Plan

4 Things All Project-Based Learning Teachers Should Do

Using Project-Based Learning to Flip Bloom’s Taxonomy for Deeper Learning

Does Your Teaching Have the 4 Categories of High-Quality PBL?

Project-Based Learning Is Here to Stay: Let’s Make Sure It’s High Quality

Preparing Students for a Project-Based World

How I Connect Students Through Project-Based Learning

Don’t just say it. Do it! Motivation & PBL

PBL: Navigating Timelines & Curriculum Maps

So Your Kids’ PBL Work Sucks? 8 Ways to Improve It!

PBL is Here to Stay: Let’s Make Sure It’s High Quality (Part 1)

PBL is Here to Stay: Let’s Make Sure It’s High Quality (Part 2)

Sprite’s Site: Grey Sneakers

Project Based Learning, Preparing Students for the Work Force of the Future

PBL and Special Student Populations

Motivating for Mastery: It Starts with a Simple Question

Essential Components for LifePractice PBL Planning (pdf)

Cybraryman’s Project-Based Learning Page

ESSDACK Education Products

3 Ingredients for Assessing Learning in the PBL Classroom

Your Rubric is a Hot Mess; Here’s How to Fix It

Practicing PBL: Self-Directed Learning for Self-Starters (and finishers) (paid course)

Assessing Learning in the PBL Classroom: A top FAQ

Pondering the Complexity of ‘Mastery’ Learning Assessment

Background photo courtesy of Flickr   CC BY-SA 2.0

Graphic courtesy of Lisa Conard. Photo courtesy of Ginger Lewman.

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Giftedness ‘In Focus’ at TAGT

TAGT 2014 New Logo

New TAGT Logo 2014

The week we look forward to each year … our LIVE chat from the Annual Conference of the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented … is history now, but oh what a week it was!

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The Plaza in Fort Worth

TAGT 2014 Fort Worth Water Gardens

Fort Worth Water Gardens

Fort Worth provided a beautiful setting and gorgeous weather! Attendees were treated to two exceptional keynotes and extraordinary professional development sessions. Tweets were flowing at more than at any other gifted conference.

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Dr. Patricia Gatto-Walden at the Parent Conference

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Ian Byrd of Byrdseed Gifted speaking at the Conference

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Ginger Lewman speaking to educators at the Conference

TAGT took the opportunity to roll out their new logo (above) and new brand message (see video below). As impressive as it is technologically savvy … the underlying message is TAGT’s  commitment to support gifted children and adults in Texas and around the world via their extensive resources for educators and parents (see links below); support of Global #gtchat on Twitter; and conferences throughout the year, both statewide and regionally.

Wednesday was slated for Pre-Conference Institutes that included full morning and afternoon sessions for teachers to delve deeper into topics in gifted education. A Welcome Reception afforded attendees the opportunity to renew old friendships and network with leaders in the gifted community from across the country.

Thursday morning was highlighted by a keynote from Nikhil Goyal, a recent guest on #gtchat. This was followed by a full day of presentations and capped off with an Award Ceremony to celebrate the contributions of the 2014 State Administrator, Teacher, Rising Star Teacher, Parent and Advocate of the Year and winners of the Annual Legacy Book Awards.

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Nikhil Goyal

Eagerly anticipated, Scott Barry Kaufman’s keynote on Friday morning was a highlight of the conference. Frequently interrupted by applause and nodding approval, the audience of teachers, parents and professionals from the gifted community showed their appreciation of his message with a standing ovation at the end of his remarks. Intelligent, witty and inspiring, Dr. Kaufman spoke of his early life misplaced in special education and his journey into the gifted program in his final year of high school through self-advocacy and the encouragement of a single teacher who recognized his abilities and saw his potential.

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Dr. Scott Barry Kaufman

Immediately after the keynote, Global #gtchat got underway. It was an exhilarating experience to be able to do a LIVE chat with participants tweeting together and many others ‘stopping by’ to offer support. This year’s chat shared the possibilities of what state gifted organizations can do by showcasing TAGT’s efforts in Texas. Please check out the links at the end of this post. A full transcript of the chat can be found on our Storify page.

We would like to thank Mrs. Tami Terry for her assistance in planning our TweetUp in Fort Worth at the Plaza. Thanks also goes to Mrs. Angie French, a member of the #gtchat Advisory Board, for her technical assistance at #gtchat on Friday morning. This was her third consecutive year for helping us out!

Our LIVE chat and presence at the conference was made possible by the great Team at TAGT: JJ Colburn, CAE, Executive Director; Tracy Weinberg, Associate Director; Lisa Varner, CMP, Executive Assistant and Meetings Manager; Rose Sero, Marketing and Communications Manager; Justin Abels-Hensel, Member Services Coordinator; and Adam McKeivier, Development Manager.

Global #gtchat Powered by the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented is a weekly chat on Twitter. Join us Fridays at 7/6 C & 4 PT in the U.S., midnight in the UK and Saturdays 1 PM NZ/11 AM AEDT to discuss current topics in the gifted community and meet experts in the field. Transcripts of our weekly chats can be found at Storify. Our Facebook Pageprovides information on the chat and news & information regarding the gifted community.

Head Shot 2014-07-14About the author: Lisa Conrad is the Moderator of Global #gtchat Powered by TAGT and Social Media Manager of the Global #gtchat Community. She is a longtime advocate for gifted children and also blogs at Gifted Parenting Support. Lisa can be contacted at: gtchatmod@gmail.com

Photos: Courtesy of TAGT and Lisa Conrad.

Links:

TAGT Website

TAGT 2014 Annual Conference

TAGT 2014 Annual Parent Conference

TAGT Scholarship Fund

TAGT Summer Scholarships

TAGT Legacy Book Awards

TAGT On Demand

TAGT Online Training for Gifted and Talented Teachers (Video 2:31)

Gifted and Talented Online Staff Development by TAGTonDemand.com (Video 2:38)

TAGT Annual Awards 2014

TAGT Membership Levels and Benefits

TAGT Publications: Pulse and TEMPO

TAGT 2015 Leadership Conference

2015 TAGT Parent Conference/Summer Program Expo at Klein ISD 1/24/15

2015 TAGT Parent Conference/Summer Program Expo at Round Rock ISD 2/21/15

TAGT Parent Conference 2014 Parent Promo (Video 1:04)

TAGT Annual Conference 2014 Administrator Promo (Video 1:11)

TAGT Parent Support Group Information

TAGT List of Helpful Education Apps

TAGT Suggested Readings for Educators

TAGT Suggested Readings for Parents

TAGT List of K-12 Summer Programs

Meet the TAGT Staff

Meet the TAGT Board of Directors http://goo.gl/YtP5mQ

TAGT on Effective Advocacy http://goo.gl/l5Kb4R

#gtchat Page on TAGT Website http://goo.gl/6pFrK

#gtchat Page at Storify http://goo.gl/2qwhha

Honest Collaboration with Technology Our guest: Ginger Lewman

Ginger Lewman 2014

 Ginger Lewman

This week’s guest was Ginger Lewman. Ginger is a PBL and GT Keynoter/Consultant as well as a Google Certified Teacher based in Kansas. She is also Co-Creator of Life Practice PBL and of STEAMmaker

We first discussed some strategies to encourage reluctant educators to use 21st c. technologies in their classrooms. Ginger told us, “It’s a very complex question. Some don’t have access because of blocks, bandwidth or hardware issues beyond their control. If blocks are the issue, check out ‘Unmasking the Digital Truth‘ to find out the TRUTH to CIPA, COPPA, FERPA.” She went on to say, “Acknowledge it’s not all about tech and NOT about tools. It’s about learning, connecting, going deeper – which tech supports.”

Developing modern communication skills by providing authentic learning opportunities was considered next. Teachers must first understand the importance of digital citizenship and then model the use of such resources as Kidblog, Edmodo, Vidconf, and social media platforms. Students today must also be able to find reliable information online. Ginger firmly believes that kids learn best by doing and encourages Project-based Learning. Jo Freitag of Gifted Resources pointed out that participation in global projects can help build modern communication skills.”

What are some of Ginger’s favorite essential learning tools available to teachers in collaboration with technology? For starters, Google Hangout, Skype, and Facetime. She also likes Twitter, Facebook and Google+. Ginger will be sharing even more tools during her presentations at TAGT 2014 ‘In Focus’ Conference in December. A full transcript of the chat can be found on our Storify Page.

 

Ginger Lewman will be at TAGT’s Annual Conference 2014 Dec 3rd  & 4th  in Fort Worth, TX. You can register for the TAGT 2014 Annual Conference here.

 

Global #gtchat Powered by the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented is a weekly chat on Twitter. Join us Fridays at 7/6 C & 4 PT in the U.S., midnight in the UK and Saturdays 1 PM NZ/11 AM AEDT to discuss current topics in the gifted community and meet experts in the field. Transcripts of our weekly chats can be found at Storify. Our Facebook Pageprovides information on the chat and news & information regarding the gifted community.

Head Shot 2014-07-14About the author: Lisa Conrad is the Moderator of Global #gtchat Powered by TAGT and Social Media Manager of the Global #gtchat Community. She is a longtime advocate for gifted children and also blogs at Gifted Parenting Support. Lisa can be contacted at: gtchatmod@gmail.com

 

Links:

Time to Debunk Those PBL Myths

Ginger Lewman’s Livebinder

Apps for Gifted and High-Ability Learners from Ginger Lewman at Livebinder

Apps for Gifted Kids  Hoagies Gifted

Edupreneur from @GingerLewman

Improving Google Classroom for Students Around the World

GingerLewman at ESSDACK

Meet GingerLewman at Keynote.com

TeachePBL-PLC at ESSDACK: 6th Grader Reflection (YouTube)

Evil Teacher Traps in the PBL Environment

Cybraryman’s Technology Pages

Cybraryman’s Project Based Learning Pages

Cybraryman’s Google Docs, Forms, Drive

Cybraryman’s Google Hangout

Cybraryman’s The 4 Cs+

Owning Problems … and Results

Do It On Their T.E.R.M.S.

LifePractice PBL

Why Project Based Learning (PBL)?

Project Based Learning from Edutopia

The Secret to Encouraging Reluctant Teachers to Use Ed Tech

Project Based Learning on Pinterest

Twitter for Education on Pinterest 

Your Digital Dad (Free download) from Kevin Honeycutt

Creativity and Creation Apps for the iPad Livebinder from Ginger Lewman

Report: Teachers Better at Using Tech than Digital Native Students

Plan Now for TAGT 2014!

TAGT 2014 logo

Where are you planning to be December 3rd through the 5th? May I suggest this year’s TAGT 2014 Conference in Fort Worth, Texas? Although the sultry days of summer are upon us, it’s not too early to be thinking about attending one of the premiere gifted conferences of the year! The conference theme is “In Focus” and will take an in-depth look at many aspects of GT individuals.

Not from Texas, you say? No problem! Everyone is welcome regardless of where they reside. Not a member of TAGT? As with most conferences, both member and non-member fees are available. Your state has its own conference? Great, but if you are unable to attend yours or would like to attend a larger conference; consider TAGT as well! This conference attracts many national speakers and over 2,000 attendees with whom to network.

TAGT 2013 gtchat 1LIVE #gtchat TAGT 2013: Jeffrey Farley, Mary Lovell and Tracy Fisher

Why should you attend TAGT 2014? What would you say to over 150 training sessions with top-notch presenters and world-class keynotes by Nikhil Goyal and Dr. Scott Barry Kaufman? Of course, from my vantage point, the LIVE #gtchat on Friday morning where you are invited to meet and participate in person with many of your friends from chat should be reason enough; AND our infamous famous #gtchat TweetUp is not to be missed!

TAGT 2013 TweetUp 4#gtchat TweetUp 2013: David Sebek and Stacia Taylor

Not convinced yet that you should be making reservations? Let’s take a look at all the opportunities you will find at this year’s conference including the Keynotes, Conference Institutes (December 3rd) and the concurrent Parent Conference (December 5th). Did I mention that TAGT is an approved provider of CE credit for educators, counselors, psychologists and school board members?

Nikhil Goyal Head ShotNikhil Goyal

This year’s opening keynote (December 4th) will be given by Nikhil Goyal. At age 19, Nikhil Goyal is an activist and author of One Size Does Not Fit All: A Student’s Assessment of School as well as a book on learning, forthcoming from Doubleday-Random House in 2015. He has appeared as a commentator on MSNBC and FOX and has written for the New York Times, MSNBC, NPR, Huffington Post and Forbes. A Motivational Speaker, Goyal has spoken at Google, The Atlantic, Fast Company, NBC, MIT, Yale University, Stanford University, SXSW and others. He was named one of the “World Changers” for Dell #Inspire 100 (2012), named to 2013 Forbes 30 Under 30: Education List, one of ORIGIN Magazine’s The Nation’s Top Creatives.

Scott-Barry-Kaufman TAGTDr. Scott Barry Kaufman

The closing keynote (December 5th) will be delivered by Dr. Scott Barry Kaufman. He is a cognitive psychologist who studies the development of intelligence, creativity, and personality. Recently, Dr. Kaufman became the Scientific Director of The Imagination Institute and a researcher in the Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania.

In addition to publishing more than 25 book chapters and articles, Kaufman is the author of Ungifted: Intelligence Redefined, co-editor of the Philosophy of Creativity, co-author of The Psychology of Creative Writing and co-author of The Cambridge Handbook of Intelligence. He co-founded the popular nonprofit website The Creativity Post and writes the blog Beautiful Minds for Scientific American Mind.

Dr. Kaufman completed his PhD in Cognitive Psychology from Yale University in 2009 and received his master’s degree in Experimental Psychology from Cambridge University in 2005, where he was a Gates Cambridge Scholar. Kaufman also earned a B.S. from Carnegie Mellon University in Psychology and Human Computer Interaction.

Still unconvinced? Let’s talk Conference Institutes! These half-day training sessions feature some of the best-known and most knowledgeable presenters in the field of gifted education. The institutes allow participants to go into greater depth on specific topics which can result in more comprehensive strategies for implementation. Some of the sessions available this year are:

  • Developing Promotion Strategies for Self-Regulation: Critical Skills for Underrepresented Students’ Success in Gifted Programming with Dr. Richard CashCash-Richard

 

Susan Johnsen

 

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Krisel Sally

  • Tools of the Trade: Honest Collaboration with Technology with Ginger Lewman.

Ginger Lewman

Lynette Breedlove

Included in this year’s presenters are Lisa Van Gemert, the Gifted Guru, of American Mensa; Ian Byrd of Byrdseed Gifted and Byrdseed TV; Dr. Bertie Kingore;  Michelle Swain and Lisa Conrad (that’s me). This year, I will also be presenting on “Using Twitter in the Classroom” and look forward to meeting all my Twitter friends.

If you are a parent, there is the Parent Conference on Friday!  Presentations will focus on parenting strategies, meeting the social and emotional needs of gifted youth, educational enrichment and other relevant topics. This is a great time for parents and guardians to come together, ask questions and learn more about how the unique needs of gifted children can be met in the home, classroom and community.

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Now that you’re ready-to-go, here’s where you can find information on registration and hotel reservations. Conference sessions, exhibits and more will be held at the Fort Worth Convention Center and several events will take place at the host hotel, Omni Fort Worth Hotel. TAGT has contracted with Omni to be able to provide extremely attractive pricing. Better yet … bring a friend and share expenses. See you there!

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gtchat thumbnail logoGlobal #gtchat Powered by the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented is a weekly chat on Twitter. Join us Fridays at 7/6 C & 4 PT in the U.S., midnight in the UK and Saturdays 1 PM NZ/11 AM AEDT to discuss current topics in the gifted community and meet experts in the field. Transcripts of our weekly chats can be found at Storify. Our Facebook Pageprovides information on the chat and news & information regarding the gifted community.

Head Shot 2014-07-14About the author: Lisa Conrad is the Moderator of Global #gtchat Powered byTAGT and Social Media Manager of the Global #gtchat Community. She is a longtime advocate for gifted children and also blogs at Gifted Parenting Support. Lisa can be contacted at: gtchatmod@gmail.com

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