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Getting the most out of your Gear with tech integration

Posted by Zach Zayner on May 8, 2018 10:30:00 AM

With the advent of new tools to support transformative learning and student engagement, it’s an exciting time for hands-on learning. Technology adds so much to the classroom: The right piece of gear can draws kids in and open up new ways to engage students in deeper learning while allowing them to take ownership of the process.

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Tags: Getting Started with PBL, PBL, PBL Projects, Standards, Integration, Block Coding, Blockly, Computer Science, Programming, coding, STEM, robots, gear, drones, devices

Integrate coding into any project: Introducing the Workbench Programming Canvas

Posted by Taryn Sullivan on May 1, 2018 11:25:14 AM

Here at Workbench, we’re committed to building the best tools for educators to discover, create, and share projects. As STEAM, coding, and robotics have become more popular in the classroom, we’ve heard the need to help educators effectively use and manage all the different gear that comes with that.

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Tags: PBL, Standards, Google Classroom, Block Coding, Blockly, BLE, Computer Science, Programming, coding, STEM, computer science hardware, teaching with projects, computer science lesson plans, teaching hands on, projects for high school, projects for middle school, computer science middle school, computer science elementary school, computer science high school

Getting Hands-on at NSBA with Workbench

Posted by Becky Durana on Mar 29, 2018 10:30:00 AM

When Workbench heads to a conference our goal is always to help attendees experience learning in a hands-on way with us. As special sponsors of the NSBA 2018 conference, we have an exciting range of ways for conference-goers to experience hands-on and active learning with us. In our interactive playground (National Connections Lounge, room 220) we'll be showcasing our integration with Google Classroom and previewing our integrated programming canvas, which enhances Google’s Blockly. You’ll get a sneak-peek of our CS curriculum and plenty of opportunities to get hands-on with top classroom technology like Sphero Sprk+, Parrot Mambo, SAM Labs Kits, and more. We'll also be offering mini-sessions to help attendees work more deeply with us to understand how the right tools plus Project Based Learning and STEM can help with parent engagement and meeting computer science goals.

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Tags: Administrators, Google Classroom, NSBA, National School Board Association, EdTech Conference

Building parent engagement at your school

Posted by Christie Veitch on Mar 22, 2018 10:00:00 AM

“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” –Benjamin Franklin 

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Tags: Getting Started with PBL, Teachers, Administrators, PBL, PBL Projects, Standards, STEAM night, Parent involvement, Parents, open house, STEM night, parent night

Worried about classroom disruptions slowing you down? Focus on being prepared to be flexible!

Posted by Zach Zayner on Mar 13, 2018 10:30:00 AM

You and your students are in the middle of discussing plans to help a few local businesses improve sustainability practices. Group conversations are a bit noisy, but highly productive. All in all, the second day of your first project with your students is going really well on the engagement front. Then a fire drill begins, work stops, and your students lose both class time and focus.

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Tags: PBL Pilot Program, Getting Started with PBL, Teachers, Administrators, PBL, PBL Projects, Classroom Management, Classroom Disruptions, Difficult Students

Making PBL work in every Classroom: Why integration matters

Posted by Christie Veitch on Mar 5, 2018 9:30:00 AM

“For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them.”Aristotle, The Nicomachean Ethics

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Tags: PBL Pilot Program, Getting Started with PBL, Teachers, Administrators, PBL, PBL Projects, PBL Research, Standards, Google Education, Google Classroom, Integration

Finding Teacher Leaders: A First Step in District-wide PBL Implementation

Posted by Becky Webster on Jan 23, 2018 10:00:00 AM

You’ve read the project-based learning (PBL) success stories, researched the studies showing student performance gains, and now you’re ready for your district to dive into PBL. Your next step is finding teacher leaders. This is a critical task because these educators will add value in a few different ways:

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Tags: PBL Pilot Program, Getting Started with PBL, Teachers, Administrators, PBL

Collaborating with Colleagues: Working Together for PBL Success

Posted by Becky Webster on Jan 18, 2018 12:20:00 PM

Collaboration is at the core of project-based learning. Educators benefit from working with colleagues whether they’re starting out with PBL or have been facilitating projects for years. Shared development can be done in different ways, from formal training to informal discussions. A combination of approaches gives teachers the opportunity to find the right fit.

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Tags: Teachers, PBL

Project-Based Learning: Benefiting Students and Their Communities

Posted by Becky Webster on Jan 16, 2018 4:00:00 PM

Navigating real-world problems is at the heart of project-based learning (PBL). What better way to bring the real world into the classroom than to bring the classroom into the real world? Not only is effective PBL bolstered by service learning and community partnerships, but the community at large can reap benefits that start with engaged young residents participating in community life.

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Tags: Teachers, PBL

Does it work? Research on Project-Based Learning

Posted by Becky Webster on Dec 19, 2017 7:20:00 AM

Project-based learning sounds great: but does it work? Is there a way to find out what effects project-based learning (PBL) has on students? Admittedly, assessing PBL’s benefits can be tricky since it can be applied in a number of different ways and is often not the only form of instruction students receive. Luckily, as PBL’s popularity grows, there is also a growing body of research. Studies measuring the effects of PBL show significant benefits to students’ academic performance.

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Tags: Administrators, PBL Research

Teach with projects in your classroom, school, and district.

Have you been trying to incorporate hands-on teaching and learning? Are you seeing some success but wanting to do more or running into challenges around time constraints, content creation, and alignment to standards? Workbench can help. Learn how other teachers, schools, and districts are using Workbench to engage students and get results that matter.

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  • Easy content creation and sharing
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  • Connections to Google Classroom and more

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