How Can We Keep Our Advantage Over Machines

January 5, 2017    Miriam Bogler

By Miriam Bogler   January 5, 2017 In a TED talk titled: “Can we build AI without losing control over it”, Sam Harris–a neuroscientist and philosopher–claims that Intelligence is a product of information processing, and as machines are better and faster in processing information and handling huge loads of data, if left unchecked, machines will eventually […]

Why is problem solving left out when practicing Project-Based Learning

October 25, 2016    Miriam Bogler

By Miriam Bogler          October 25, 2016 When employees are working on a project at the workplace, it is directed to achieve a goal. This goal is usually laced with a series of problems that workers have to tackle before success is achieved. Whether the goal is to produce a part for […]

How to Improve Students Collaboration Skills

September 13, 2016    Miriam Bogler

by Miriam Bogler       9/13/2016 Schools are adopting project-based learning in growing numbers. Although it may seem like a trend, it really stems from a development in pedagogical thinking over the past fifty years that advocated a shift away from teachers imparting knowledge to relatively passive students, to learners actively participating in the […]

Implementing Project-Based Learning: Challenges and Solutions

August 18, 2016    Miriam Bogler

By Miriam Bogler     8/18/2016 According to the Buck Institute for Education, there is forty years of accumulated evidence that the instructional strategies and procedures that make up standard-focused project-based learning are effective in building deep content understanding, raising academic achievement and encouraging student motivation to learn. Evidence that have greatly contributed to a […]

Can Teaching Coding Close the Skills Gap

August 5, 2016    Miriam Bogler

By Miriam Bogler      August 4, 2016 For many years I was teaching students computer programming. I was really fascinated with LCSI’s Microworlds and Hypercard because both provided students with a multimedia environment where students could become creators of digital products. Most projects focused on a real problem that students were trying to solve […]

How Can Education Address Its Most Pressing Need

July 20, 2016    Miriam Bogler

Education is flooded with buzzwords. Those usually represent trending methods or subjects that everyone is talking about, due to their potential to transform education. Some of those words are project-based learning, problem-based learning, critical thinking, 21st century skills, and deep learning. These words are interesting because everyone is talking about them and try to do […]

Did the OECD Turn Against Technology?

October 16, 2015    Miriam Bogler

The headlines about the latest OECD report were loud and clear:“Computers do not improve pupil results.” These controversial headlines were the outcome of a study published by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) examining the impact of school technology on international test results such as the PISA test taken in more than 70 […]

Do We Really Need Testing to Learn?

August 22, 2015    Miriam Bogler

I don’t like tests. I have never been very good at it. I get extremely anxious in tests,making me forget half of the things I studied. Throughout the years I got used to them and performed better,but I never thought much of them. I could never understand what was the purpose of doing them when […]

Why We Need to Think More Like Programmers

July 17, 2015    Miriam Bogler

Computer programming is hot again. Not like in the 80s,when Seymour Papert’s Logo programming became popular for several years and then declined when the education world failed to see the evolving technological revolution that was taking place in daily life. This time the movement to teach kids to code carries with it a sense of […]

Changing Old Habits is Difficult,But Necessary to Stay Competitive

June 18, 2015    Miriam Bogler

About a month ago I was intrigued to read that Finland was about to embark on one of the most radical education reform programs ever undertaken by a nation state–scraping traditional “teaching by subject” in favor of “teaching by topic”. It was big news because Finland is the first nation to realize that they need […]