By Janet Pinto, Chief Academic Officer, Curriki
We’re big advocates of Project-Based Learning, which we’ve written about in previous blogs, so we were pleased to see that it’s at the core of the instructional approach at the first New Tech Network (NTN) school in Virginia.
Warrior Tech Academy (WTA) will soon open as a school-within-a-school at Magna Vista High School in Virginia, where students will work in groups with teachers guiding them. WTA will combine different ways of learning to best meet the needs of their students.
Warrior Tech will employ project-based learning (PBL) in its integrated World History 1/ English 9 course and the integrated biology/health and physical education course, but its math course will be taught using problem-based learning (PrBL).
Many of us are familiar with project-based learning, which teaches both doing, as well as learning, and gives students real-world opportunities to think analytically, formulate ideas, and solve complex problems. But do you employ problem-based learning in your classroom?
According to WTA geometry facilitator Jeannie Stanley, “Problem-based learning begins with a problem that encompasses one to two standards and takes only a few days to complete, but project-based learning focuses on multiple content standards and takes several weeks to complete.”
These different learning approaches are especially important as we groom students to succeed in the real world. In this article , Henry County Schools Superintendent Jared Cotton said county students do well on state Standards of Learning tests, which are multiple choice, but employers and higher education officials say graduates need better skills in critical and creative thinking, communication, collaboration and problem-solving.
Curriki Project-Based Geometry & Algebra Courses Available Free
Curriki offers geometry and algebra courses that leverage the popular project-based learning “active” approach and are aligned to Common Core State Standards. Designed to meet the needs of students born in a global, interactive, digitally-connected world, these courses encourage learning through the use of real-world examples, engaging projects, interactive technologies, videos and targeted feedback.
The Curriki Algebra course is available here.
The Curriki Geometry course will be available in September 2013. To participate in the beta launch, sign up today.
(These courses were sponsored by AT&T and developed by Curriki.)