Project Based Learning

“I have always embraced technology in my educational work, not for the sake of it, but because I have always seen its potential for unlocking potential and empowering individuals and groups.” – Peter de Lisle, South Africa

“It is essential to reflect on how and why technology is used in the classroom. As educators we cannot throw gadgets at kids and expect grand testing results. Innovative education is purposeful, designed, and reflective.” – Sarah Collins, USA

“Make sure you want to be a learner first. Make sure you are engaging students in a way they want to be engaged.” – Todd LaVogue, USA

“When teachers collaborate together, the best ideas combine together.” – Alice Leung, Australia

“There is a glaring disconnect between what we say we want students to know and do – be resilient life-long learners capable of creative problem-solving for future challenges as yet unknown – and where we direct our educational resources of time and money: preparing capable test-takers.” – June Tiesan, USA

“Project-based learning is one of the best ways to prepare students for the demands of life, citizenship, and work in today’s world.” – Sara Hallermann, USA

“Education is the root for a healthy community. Education gives knowledge and prepares our children for a better future.” – Chitra Subramanian, India

Student (and parent) confidence is the largest obstacle facing education. Far too often in a conversation with a student they say, ’My mom/dad was bad at math or science, so I won’t be any good at it either.’ I disagree. I fundamentally believe that all students can do anything they put their minds too.” – Jeff Charbonneau, USA

“It is… critical to treat teachers like the professionals we are. Allow us the flexibility and judgment to try new and innovative approaches to teaching kids. Administrators who help teachers reflect on their practice naturally encourage them to try new things.” – Dave Mendell, USA

“It is imperative that we focus less on the tool, and more on the instructional intention of the tool. Technology should be used to create authentic, transformative learning.” – Andrew Miller, USA

“I’d love to see the concepts of conservation and sustainability embedded into every curriculum and content area. It would drive personal and social responsibility in ways that would impact untold and future generations while propelling us to address the difficult issues the world must solve.” – Stephen J. Ritz, USA

The best opportunity for innovation in education is to ensure all students have access to a complete education that includes music and the fine arts…and also for general education teachers to use the arts as a tool to reach all students.” – Jaclyn Shea, USA

“There’s no reason middle school students can’t work on aerospace projects.” – Gladys Munoz, Puerto Rico

“In order to be innovative you have to first accept an essential truth: For students to flourish through having a voice, teachers must give up any notion of control.” – John McCarthy, USA

“If we want young people to be prepared for a rapidly changing, dynamic, and interconnected world, schools must foster the skills necessary for this environment.” – Rody Boonchouy – USA

“To better support education, we need to see more aspirational leaders coming out of the pipeline of higher education programs. I would love to see stronger ‘successor planning’ to enable consistency in initiatives.” – Charity Allen, USA

“Never, ever, close the door to your classroom. Keep it open, and invite EVERYONE in. The key to saving public education, is getting the public back into education.” – Tim Kubik, USA

“The community should become a resource for real-life learning experiences. The school should become a center for making innovative ways and ideas to resolve problems that the community struggles with.” – Jasna Boskovic, Serbia

“Autonomous, digital and collaborative learning have proved their worth in today’s educational context.” – Preesheila Bheem Singh Ujoodha, Mauritius

“Let the pupils be creators of their own learning material rather than consumers. Let them find answers by themselves and learn from each other.” – Sigmund Brenna, Norway