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Principals: The lessons we learned in 2016

The best educational leaders are lifelong learners. They are constantly expanding their knowledge, refining their skills, and looking for creative ways to help kids learn. As these four principals look back at 2016, they recall the most important ed tech lesson they learned this year—and look forward to inspiring their staff and students anew in 2017.

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Superintendents: The lessons we learned in 2016

As 2016 drew to a close, we asked educators in variety of positions to reflect on what they have learned this year. Here, a quartet of superintendents offer thoughts on leadership, PBL, and the challenges of turning around schools and districts.

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The Importance of Audience in Authentic Teaching and Learning

How can the consideration for an audience enhance performance-based learning?

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Anthony Johnson

A weather unit was already part of my plans so I decided to use the Defined STEM Weather Reporter performance task. I integrated a few of my other weather projects, like launching a weather balloon, into the Defined STEM lesson.

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Food, Farms, and Community

Farming practices are continually being adjusted and debated. One practice that is becoming increasingly popular for farmers and consumers is sustainable farming. “Sustainable agriculture provides high yields without undermining the natural systems and resources that productivity depends on.

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Energy, Society, and the Environment

Much debate continually occurs related to the best ways to meet the energy needs of cities, countries, and the world. In early November the United States and China agreed to a deal to curb greenhouse gas emissions in the coming years.

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Graphs and Data

Graphical representation of data is a concept developed throughout the K-12 mathematics curriculum that has broad applications in the real world. Data graphs are used to communicate information in almost every sector of the workforce and it’s important that students understand not only how to create these visuals but also interpret the data within them.

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Planes, Trains & Automobiles

Whether traveling across town, across the country, or around the world, machines can help us and our stuff get there quickly and safely. The following tasks look at transportation as it relates to the movement of people from one place to another.

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Shapes in the Real World

It is not hard to see shape in the world- all one has to do is look at their surroundings to discover that the world around us is composed of shapes. From architecture to art, from letters to numbers, the shape of an object is the often the identifier by which people recognize the world around them. Logos such as CBS, Microsoft, and Batman are recognized as much for their shape as for their design. Structures around the world such as the Great Pyramids and the Eiffel Tower are recognized for their shape.

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Experiential Learning and School/Community Connections

Project Based Learning can help teachers extend the classroom beyond the school walls. Frequently, projects can be extended to engage the internal and external school community. These projects can help provide partnerships that allow students the opportunity to work pro-actively with community partners.

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