Learn to Build, Build to Learn


By Douglas Kiang Minecraft (http://education.minecraft.net) is a tremendously popular 3D open sandbox game. It is also a wonderful tool for building in Creative mode, which I use with my students throughout the school year. Here are some examples of building projects, and what students can learn from them.   Building to Recreate Something One introductory project […]

Back-to-School with Design Thinking – Webinar with Beth Holland and Douglas Kiang

EdTechTeacher – Blog

 August 23rd 3pm EST on EdWeb.Net   >> Watch the Webinar Recording on EdWeb   Design Thinking encourages students to engage in empathy, define problems, prototype, iterate, and solve real-world problems. Makerspaces help students foster critical thinking, open-ended creativity and iterative design. In this webinar, Beth and Douglas presented the design thinking process. They showed examples […]

The Classroom of the Future is Now- Douglas Kiang Kicks Off Day 2 of #ettipad


Douglas Kiang is both a member of the EdTechTeacher instructional team as well as teaches computer science and heads the technology resource teachers group at Punahou School in Honolulu, Hawaii. He holds a Master’s Degree in Technology, Innovation, and Education from Harvard and is an Apple Distinguished Educator. In addition to being an important thought-leader who addresses […]

How To Start Integrating Coding Into Project Based Learning – from Kate Wilson

PBL + Coding

This post first appeared on Edudemic. True Project Based Learning (PBL) challenges students to acquire deeper knowledge of a concept by establishing connections outside their classroom. According to the research on PBL, the main tenets are to create real world connections, develop critical thinking skills, foster structured collaboration, motivate student driven work, and enable a […]