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New Year, New Projects

Suzie Boss Journalist and PBL advocate

What new projects are you planning for 2012? Anyone piggybacking on the Presidential election for a social studies, English, media, or math/statistics project?
By comparing notes with others in this community, you may find some new collaborators or resources you hadn't considered. And if you're new to PBL, this is a good place to connect with veterans who can offer feedback to improve your project plans.
So, please tell us about your ideas to ignite learning in the new year.

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7th grade biology teacher in Lompoc, CA

Baby Face

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Wow, I really like the Baby Face Lab. This could work. Thanks a bunch!

Journalist and PBL advocate

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You bet! And here's one more idea, The Human Genetics Project from CIESE. Students contribute data to an online data set, make predictions, test them, etc.
It's free to join, and looks like it appeals to your grade level.
More details: http://ciese.org/curriculum/genproj/

Model Wind Turbines

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I have been working on a simple model wind turbine design. Plan to have this as an article on my website in the future.

PBL and First Time Voters

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Hi all!
Motivated by what I have read on Edutopia, I have taken the plunge into the world of PBL with my honors level senior US Government class. Students will be creating an online voter guide for first-time voters (of which many of them will be). This will be headed up by a project manager, and then a few teams will also be created (Web design, research for national candidates, research for local candidates) and centered around the driving question of "what do you think a young first time voter needs to know in order to make an informed decision?"

The website for the project is here: https://sites.google.com/site/honorsgovgchs/elections-project and I would love to get your feedback on it!

I am nervous and excited all at the same time about this project!

Journalist and PBL advocate

First-Time Voters Project

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Hi Jason,
This is a great project idea--so relevant for students about to vote for the first time. How's it going? Have you had your candidates fair yet? How are students responding?

Producer LD Podcast, Digital Media Consultant, Author

Project based and personalized learning

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One of the things my kids have done in their middle school biology classes is compared family characteristics and genetic traits- who has what blood type? Who has straight or curly hair? Who can curl their tongue and who can't? How much do you look like Mom or Dad or your sibling? These sorts of things (and it's even interesting in our family because there have been divorces and adoptions so we can talk about genetic versus acquired characteristics) have helped our kids understand genetics in a more personal way. It just helps to bring some of that stuff into a more tangible context. Then talking about even cellular reproduction, you can talk about cells that are duplicates, and even where errors can be made during the cell reproductive process, and how variances and specializations can occur- it's really fascinating, but the trick is to make the stuff personal and meaningful as well as project based.

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