At the end of a project-based learning (PBL) experience, students typically share what they have learned or discovered with an audience. Depending on the project, students might publish their work onl
" Connecting students with an authentic audience is key, he says, to driving engagement and helping students relate what they are learning to the real world. "My top two goals are to help students find great opportunities [for real-world problem solving], and then cheerlead them to a great audience."
Here are three questions to consider as you plan culminating events:
What do you want students to gain from the audience interaction?If it's technical feedback, think about inviting experts for a pitch session or judging panelIf it's response or action, think about having students make presentations to a community group or decision-making body (such as a school board, city council, or neighborhood association)If it's a celebration, think about inviting community members whose talents or contributions are being honored or recognized in student projectsWho's the audience for the "real-world" version?If students are producing documentaries, plan a red carpet screening eventIf students are making sense of history, set up a museum-style exhibitionIf students are producing literature, plan a book release party, author chat, or poetry slamHow can technology connect students with larger audiences?
Extend your reach to audiences beyond your immediate community by taking advantage of digital publishing sites like YouTube, social media tools like Twitter, or services like #comments4kids to solicit comments for students' blogs.
Feedback form from the buck Institute can be found here: http://bie.org/object/document/project_presentation_audience_feedback_form#