The most recent Infinite Thinking Machine episode takes a crack at defining and explaining different modes of blended learning. In short, “you mix online learning with face-to-face instruction on a regular basis.” The model — and products — teachers choose to use will depend on their instructional styles: teaching content or more open-ended styles, like … Continue reading Blended Learning: Passing Fad or True Innovation? →
It’s election time, and for educators looking for creative ways to help students engage in political issues, here are some excellent ideas from the folks at the Infinite Thinking Machine. Projects include creating two-minute news videos about local issues, setting up a Fantasy Election site through MTV (like Fantasy Football), and having students debate issues … Continue reading Awesome Activities for Students to Learn About Election Issues →
What does the do-it-yourself movement have anything to do with school? This episode of the Infinite Thinking Machine features examples of how tinkering is starting to infiltrate the educational landscape, as with schools like Brightworks in San Francisco and in Maker Spaces around the country, where anyone can design and build anything they imagine. In … Continue reading Giving Kids a Chance to Make →
From the good folks at the Infinite Thinking Machine, here’s another fun episode highlighting innovative ideas from across the globe, from the Hole-in-the-Wall experiment in India to the Design for Giving Contest at the Riverside School, to the progressive teaching and learning in San Francisco’s Urban School.