PBL NY Day 1 Michael Gorman

My first day at PBL NY I chose to go see Michael Gorman's presentation:
Online Resources That Will Amplify PBL in a Blended Environment.

If you ever want to have your head filled with so much information...go see him!
And.. this was comprised of TWO sessions! WOW!!!

I am going to try to put this into a format where you can understand all the notes I took at these sessions.

He talked a lot about:
Digital Citizenship
Learning Management Systems
Using the right tool for the right task
Keep it centered on student learning
Focus on the student not the initiative or device

One thing you can do is visit his website. There is a wealth of information there.

Here is one post that I think you will find helpful. It is one of four, so go check out all of them.

Yes, that says FORTY!!! Go check it out!

Here are some of the websites that he told us about. I liked that it was not all about student driven websites. These are also for classroom management, teacher information, as well as student information.

Mr. Gorman called this legalized texting. :)

This would be so amazing in the upper grade levels. 

This is a tool just like a "parking lot" with sticky notes online. 

It's a timeline. AWESOME!!!!!


Scrumy is a project management tool loosely based off of Scrum.

Who made this thing?

A few guys with ridiculous mustaches and inconsistent accents.

Why does Scrumy exist?

We were attempting to use Scrum to manage our projects, but the generic sticky notes we bought kept falling off the wall. We looked for online solutions to scrum, but all of them were too complicated and expensive. All we really wanted was an online version of our wall sticky notes. So we made one.

How much does Scrumy cost?

The original version of Scrumy is and will always be available for free. However, we did take some time to add a few extra features which you can get by clicking the upgrade link on your project. You can upgrade for $7/month, or $5/month if you prepay for a year. 

Khan Academy is a non-profit educational organization created in 2006 by educator Salman Khan to provide "a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere". The organization produces micro lectures in the form of YouTube videos. In addition to micro lectures, the organization's website features practice exercises and tools for educators. All resources are available for free to anyone around the world. (Wikipedia)

Unlimited access to hundreds of leveled news articles and Common Core– aligned quizzes, with new articles every day.

If you Google...Google Advanced Search, I have found this is the easiest way to get here. You can limit your search to find exactly what you want.

An awesome resource for graphic organizers.

If you are looking for Driving Questions check out these websites.

Or if you want your Entry Event to be fun and animated...

I am going to stop here and let this all sink in. I know I had to.
I'll be back tomorrow with some more amazing resources to help you with your PBL and everyday learning in your classroom.

Have a wonderful day!

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