February 20, 2016
Because humans make tools for specific purposes, tools have evolved as people and societies have evolved.
February 16, 2016
Artifacts contribute to student acquisition of a broad base of knowledge, and also assist in building competency in sharing that knowledge. Because humans have created artifacts for specific purposes, every artifact has a story. Why was the object created?
February 12, 2016
After choosing the appropriate artifact, and creating the questions that will assist your students to be successful, it is time to employ the lesson. Here are some guidelines to help insure a successful learning experience.
February 9, 2016
In the evidence-gathering phase, questions should assist students in the analysis, synthesis, and initial decision-making process. As they analyze, it is imperative that students record their observations without making assumptions, or attempting to interpret the information.
February 5, 2016
How do you choose an artifact for use in your classroom? Are there rules? Guidelines? What comes first, the artifact or the lesson? Where to start?
January 29, 2016
Let’s talk about how artifacts establish rigor in your classroom. We have adopted Barbara Blackburn’s definition of rigor.
January 26, 2016
What happens when you present an artifact to your class and ask, “What is this, and why is it important to us?” Beyond the groaning and incessant whining for you to provide the answer, learning of the highest order occurs.
January 22, 2016
“Real education is about genuine understanding and the ability to figure things out on your own; not about making sure every 7th grader has memorized all the facts some bureaucrats have put in the 7th grade curriculum.” - Aaron Swarz, Internet Entrepreneur