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Jun 30, 2017

The 50-Star American Flag Came From a High School Project

2019-01-19T14:44:25-07:00June 30, 2017||0 Comments

In 1958, Ohio high schooler Robert Heft submitted a class project that would change our country forever.  Heft's history teacher gave his class an open-ended assignment: make a project illustrating your interest in American history.  So Heft redesigned the 48-star American flag to include two additional stars for Hawaii and Alaska.  Though [...]

Jun 29, 2017

The Innovation Campus: Building Better Ideas

2018-12-29T14:25:01-07:00June 29, 2017||0 Comments

Where once the campus amenities arms race was waged over luxury dorms and recreation facilities, now colleges and universities are building deluxe structures for the generation of wonderful ideas. They and their partners in industry are pouring millions into new buildings for business, engineering and applied learning that closely resemble the high-tech [...]

Jun 28, 2017

How Finland Starts the School Year

2018-12-29T14:29:57-07:00June 28, 2017||0 Comments

Heading into my first year of teaching in Helsinki I felt pretty nervous. One of my graduate-school professors - an award-winning math teacher - had warned me that Finnish students were academically advanced, especially in math. Indeed, Finland's students had excelled on international standardized tests like the PISA for more than a [...]

Jun 7, 2017

Could subjects soon be a thing of the past in Finland?

2019-01-02T09:46:07-07:00June 7, 2017||0 Comments

Finland has long been renowned for the quality of its education and always scores highly in international league tables.  Now it is rethinking how it teaches in the digital age - seeking to place skills, as much as subjects, at the heart of what it does.  But not everyone is happy, and [...]

May 24, 2017

The Science of Effective Learning Spaces

2019-01-02T09:55:32-07:00May 24, 2017||0 Comments

If you've ever attempted to clear your head by taking a walk outside or zoning out by a window as the clouds roll by, you've intuitively hit on something that scientists have been researching for years: Our natural and built environments seem to affect how we think and feel. Researchers have recently [...]

May 9, 2017

Architects for Building or Remodeling a School for PBL

2019-01-02T10:09:59-07:00May 9, 2017||0 Comments

I recently got a request from someone planning a new charter school (for refugees - stay tuned, we're hoping to have a guest blog post about it once it's established).  She wanted to know about architects who could help design a school building to be PBL-friendly.  I put the request to our [...]

Apr 26, 2017

Six Must-Have School Spaces for Project-Based Learning

2019-01-02T10:17:39-07:00April 26, 2017||0 Comments

Project-based learning (PBL), a model where students solve problems by taking on real-world projects, is growing in popularity throughout the United States. Perhaps more than other approaches to education, the success of PBL is heavily reliant on the resources and environment you provide for students.  Equip your students to become problem solvers, [...]

Apr 13, 2017

The School of the Future has opened in Finland

2019-01-02T11:39:32-07:00April 13, 2017||0 Comments

Child psychologists have long argued that changing the approach we take to education would help many children learn to love school rather than hate it. We've all heard preschoolers talk about how they can't wait to sit at their school desk and run to their next lesson with their rucksack over their [...]

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