It's true! We encourage merging Thinkfinity Training with other types of training opportunities you may be offering.
Project Based Learning is currently a major topic being addressed in school districts. A quality project plan takes a lot a teacher's time to design and deliver; however, it appears that a well-designed project is an effective learning vehicle for students.
We all know how hard it is to find professional development time in the district schedule.Your task is to convince teachers that you are making their work easier and their time more productive. How do you effectively combine these two trainings in one training opportunity?
Project based learning is essentially cooperative learning with authentic assessment techniques in place to monitor student progress and success. What makes project learning so effective is that the students are using 21st century skills collaborating within their group to accomplish their given task / solve their given problem.
While project based learning is very effective, there are some obstacles to using this particular method of teaching and learning. Many teachers don't truly understand how to shift from instructor to facilitator. Another issue is that project based learning is very resource dependent and can be very expensive. With budgets being very limited, technology such as Thinkfinity.org can provide online resources that are free to use. Since Thinkfinity has a variety of free, online resources in a monitored, safe environment that students may access using technology, the web site meets many of the teacher's and students' project needs and state standards.
It makes sense for administrators to approve and encourage teachers to attend Thinkfinity training to save money on professional development. The Thinkfinity trainer can designing a training integration plan that instructs the teachers about the process of using Thinkfinity.org as a tool to search for resources that focus on Project Based Learning. The trainer can model project based learning techniques as he/she instructs the participants about Thinkfinity.org and what it is has to offer. As a follow up to their Thinkfinity training, teachers can use the Thinkfinity Community to connect with colleagues to gain ideas about project based learning and to read about best practices. They may even use Thinkfinity.org to find actual lesson plans which saves planning time.