DAY ONE: Sparking Creativity and Getting to Know PBL
“Students First, Not Stuff” by Will Richardson
Making school relevant:
For all things PBL, check out BIE.org. Here the site posts a good summary of what PBL is:
PBL in Sophomore English Class (inspired by the Summer Sandbox 2013):
Reflections on Sophomore English Class:
PBL in MS Science Class: Element Superheroes
Reflection in MS Science Class:
PBL for Science
Online project planner:
Sample Project Design:
Great PBL resources for teachers:
In general, check out The Buck Institute for Education’s website:
Be sure to look at the wonderful resources the High Tech Schools has for PBL:
High Tech art instructor created this amazing website:
DAY TWO: Let the Games Begin!
“Will Gaming Save Education, or Just Waste Time?”
“The Games We Play: Leveraging Playful Learning” by Tim Saunders
Owen Gottlieb is a Jewish educator who runs a Jewish game-based learning organization, ConverJent:
Check out Owen’s articles on GBL here:
Rubrics4Teachers, a website with pre-made rubrics:
RubiStar, a rubric-making website:
Creativity and Innovation Rubric (that’s even Common Core aligned!):
Rubric for collaborative sophomore English final:
Rigor in the PBL classroom:
Deep Learning with PBL:
Ron Berger on Deep Learning:
DAY THREE: Culture Change and Maker Spaces and Creativity Labs
“Getting Started with PBL” by Andrea Cheatham Kaspar and Tikvah Wiener
Check out the entire RAVSAK journal in which Andrea and Tikvah’s article appeared. The issue is dedicated to many of the ideas discussed at the Sandbox:
We also like this HBR article about how to create a culture of helping. It features one of our favorite companies, IDEO:
“IDEO’s Culture of Helping”
Design Labs, Creativity Labs and Maker Spaces:
Adam Tilove, Head of School at JCDS Rhode Island and a Sandbox participant, wrote this blog post about supporting a culture of creativity:
We think of RealSchool as a creativity lab!
What is RealSchool?
The Future of the Maker Movement with Dale Dougherty
Want to get more information about Maker spaces/creativity labs?
What do you need for a Maker space, and how much will it cost?
Another type of innovation lab is called a Fab Lab:
Welcome to the IDEA Schools Network!
If you were at the Summer Sandbox, you now have a free one-year membership to the I.D.E.A. Schools Network, a network for Jewish and independent school educators interested in implementing PBL and sparking creativity in their students. Here’s a link to the I.D.E.A. Schools Network website: http://ideaschoolsnetwork.com/.