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The following resource page was created by Brenda Sherry and Peter Skillen for PBL Teacher Workshops:
What is PBL?
Project-Based Learning is an educational approach that falls under the umbrella of inquiry learning and is described in many different ways. Here are some references:
Reinventing Project-Based Learning:
Your Field Guide to Real World Projects in the Digital Age by Susie Boss and Jane Krauss (ISTE, 2007)
Projects form the centerpiece of the curriculum - they are not an add-on or extra at the end of a "real" unit.
Students engage in real-world activities and practice the strategies of authentic disciplines.
Students work collaboratively to solve problems that matter to them.
Technology is integrated as a tool for discovery, collaboration, and communication, taking learners places they couldn't otherwise go and helping teachers achieve essential learning goals in new ways.
The Buck Institute
focuses on the central concepts and principles of a discipline
involves students in problem-solving investigations and other meaningful tasks
allows students to work autonomously to construct their own knowledge, and
culminates in realistic products
: What we know about teaching for understanding by Linda Darling-Hammond (Jossey-Bass, 2008)
PBL involves completing tasks that typically result in a realistic product, event, or presentation to an audience.
central to the curriculum
organized around driving questions that lead students to encounter central concepts or principles of a discipline
focused on a constructive investigation that involves inquiry and knowledge building
student-driven, in that students are responsible for making choices and for designing and managing their work
authentic, by posing problems that occur in the real world and that people care about
George Lucas Educational Foundation (Edutopia)
is curriculum fueled and standards based
asks a question or poses a problem that each student can answer
asks students to investigate issues and topics addressing real-world problems while integrating subjects across the curriculum
is a method that fosters abstract, intellectual tasks to explore complex issues.
Inquiring minds want to know
- Great site for examples, movies etc.
Introduction to Inquiry Based Learning
What does the research say?
Tips for Project Design
Natural Curiousity -
A step-by-step guide to Project Planning - from the
Buck Institute for Education's Online
resource for PBL . Click to download the 8 page planner as a word doc or a pdf
Questions when planning projects
PBL Project planning questions.pdf
Adobe Youth Voices
Excellent resources are available
. You will need to register at no cost to get them. It's worth it if you are doing
media work with students.
//creating authentic tasks//
Main Course Not Dessert
: Project-Based Learning vs. Projects from www.bie.org
From Kim Trefz -
A teacher’s journey into PBL Prezi
modeling some best practices
What Makes a Good Project.pdf
and Raising Our Standards: Developing projects that endure
The Teachers's Guide to PBL
- From High Tech High & Learning Futures (England)
Designing to Learn by Diane McGrath
Tony Vincent shares some great ways to integrate hand-held technologies into your PBL units:
Project Based Learning in Hand
The Construction Zone
blog by Peter Skillen - some relevant articles:
ZPD - Who's in Charge Here?
PBL - Who IS in Charge? What Tools can Help?
Scaffolding for Deep Understanding
Journal Writing - Just Another Worksheet
PBL - The New Worksheet
Collaborative Projects: What Does It Mean to Co-construct?
Why Should Students Collaborate?
Project Based Learning Slideshow
Hidden - A Project that Worked
The 'Loafer' Effect and Project-based Learning
The Science of Passion Based Learning
PBL: Am I Doing It Right?
Project Based Learning: Don't Start with a Question
Resources for PBL
Edutopia Core Strategy: Project-Based Learning
- a complete site about PBL
Edutopia's Blog on Project-Based Learning
by Suzie Boss
Debunking Five Myths About Project-Based Learning - John Larmer's Blog Post
Edutopia Community Discussion for PBL
A reading list of for PBL Learning
The Learning Zone blog
- some PBL references from Brenda
Digital Storytelling Festival
Getting projects started
Reggio Emilia Approach
Project-Based Learning Explained
Global Projects Connecting Kids
Machinto: A Global Peace Project
PBL Experts are Among Us
Back to the Classroom - Part 1
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