project based learning students as curators

Project Based Learning: Teaching Students to Be Curators

Project Based Learning Teaching Students to Be Great Curators

What is the secret to effective online project based learning? How can we get kids excited about writing? Nancy White shares how. She reflects upon two big projects. Nancy had one that worked well. She had another one that floundered. What was the difference? Apply Nancy's principles and have better online writing today.

Important Takeaways- Project Based Learning: Teaching Students to Be Great Curators

  • How an army of retired educators made an enormous difference in student writing.
  • The importance of the first few days of student blogging.
  • How students can be curators.
  • The secret of inquiry-based learning.
  • Something Nancy says that confirms Vicki's same experience with student blogging.

Nancy White's candid reflections on student writing apply to all online student projects. The audience is a vital part of online work. What you do in the first few days makes a big difference.

[callout]Nancy's reflection about audience aligns with my own. Building a writing community is so important. Take a moment to check out my book Reinventing Writing. I dedicate a whole chapter to building writing communities. Building an audience is a vital part of building a community. Perhaps some retired educators could help volunteer and fill a huge need for online student work.[/callout]

Educator Resources and Links from the Show

Great quotes from the show you can share…

-We have to constantly be evaluating our own work.-

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Students need an audience. Vicki Davis about online project based learning.


project based learning students as curators

Improve student writing by helping them become curators.


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Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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