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Project Based Learning Explained - YouTube

A short comedy animation created through Xtranormal to illustrate the Project Based Learning approach in the classroom.
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It's short, cute, and I'm a sucker for things created via Xtranormal.  At just under 4 minutes, this video makes for an excellent introduction to  PBL.

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Project-based vs. Inquiry-based vs. Discovery-based Learning

Project-based, vs. Inquiry-based, vs.Discovery-based learning (RT @paultwalton: Project, inquiry and discovery based learning http://t.co/VI6qHFM231)...
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This presentation makes a valiant attempt to distinguish between three very similar teaching methods.  Unfortunately, it appears that this is intended to accompany an oral presentation, which is not included with it here, leaving me wondering about the purpose of some of the slides, and still unclear about the differences between these seemingly identical triplets.  As far as I can tell, the main difference between these three approaches is terminology.  PBL starts with a question and ends with a project.  IBL starts with a student generated question, and discovering the answer becomes a project and maybe uses experiments.  DBL starts with a situation, and the students must discover a solution to the situation - starting with discovering what's going on (discovering the question) and finding an answer through research and experimentation.

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ePals Global Community - project page

ePals Global Community - project page | Project Based Learning | Scoop.it
ePals is the social network optimized for K-12 learning. Over half a million classrooms in 200 countries and territories have joined the ePals Global Community to connect, collaborate and exchange ideas. ePals now translates in 35 languages!
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Anatomy of a Project: "Kinetic Conundrum"

Anatomy of a Project: "Kinetic Conundrum" | Project Based Learning | Scoop.it
Anatomy of a Project: "Kinetic Conundrum" (Ex. project ART/history/engineering/LA/tech integrated!
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This is an interesting project, but would have to be adapted for the elementary school.  We could maybe do a field trip to a sculpture garden, use the internet to find public art sites (there is a website for this in Howard County), and mark them on a map.  The final art project would probably have to be made of things that can be attached with tape or glue.

 

A similar project might be to research traditional art styles from other countries, plot those countries on a map, then paint a picture in that art style.  The main problem, though, is what the compelling question or problem would be driving this inquiry?

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Project-Based Learning Research Review

Project-Based Learning Research Review | Project Based Learning | Scoop.it
Studies have proven that when implemented well, project-based learning (PBL) can increase retention of content and improve students' attitudes towards learning, among other benefits.
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This article (series of articles, really) is a good thing to have in my arsenal as a way to defend against people unwilling to let change into the classroom.  It not only explains what PBL is and how you can tell when it is being done well, but (most importantly) it discusses the research data that indicates that PBL isn't just fun, but it is an excellent way to learn.

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ASCD - Educational Leadership: Seven Essentials for Project-Based Learning

ASCD - Educational Leadership: Seven Essentials for Project-Based Learning | Project Based Learning | Scoop.it
Founded in 1943, ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) is an educational leadership organization dedicated to advancing best practices and policies for the success of each learner.

Via Derrick Senior
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I really like how this article gave an example of how to transform a busy-work "project" into a project based learning experience, rather than simply defining PBL or giving an example of a ready-to-go PBL project.  Having read this article and seen what changes were made, and why, I feel more prepared to adapt other lessons into the PBL format.

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Jessica Guercio's curator insight, February 19, 2014 8:01 PM

This article gives an in-depth step-by-step process of a teacher using project-based learning in her classroom. Each step of the process is listed, as well as explinations as to why each step is important. This article is a great guide to follow to implementing project-based learning in your classroom, especcially for beginner teachers or teachers just learning about this concept.

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NextLesson | Dream Vacation | Grade 3,4,5,6,7,8

NextLesson | Dream Vacation | Grade 3,4,5,6,7,8 | Project Based Learning | Scoop.it
What Is Your Dream Vacation?. Using a budget of $15,000, students create their dream vacation. This project will require them to do internet research, allocate resources, calculate the cost of the trip, convert currencies and learn the geography and climate of a new area. Common Core areas of reading, writing and speaking and listening are covered as well as calculations, presenting information in graphs and converting currencies using ratios. Elements of geography and history can also be included. As well as resources and a rubric, there are suggestions of how to extend the project at every step of the way - there are plenty of areas ripe for mathematical extension including further work on ratios and negative numbers.. Aligned with Common Core Standards ccss.math.content.6.rp.a.1,ccss.math.content.6.ns.b.2,ccss.ela-literacy.ri.5.7,ccss.math.content.7.rp.a.2,ccss.ela-literacy.ri.4.7,ccss.math.content.5.nbt.b.7,ccss.ela-literacy.ri.6.7,ccss.math.content.7.ns.a.3,ccss.math.content.4.nbt.b.4,ccss.ela-literacy.w.4.3,ccss.ela-literacy.w.4.8,ccss.math.content.5.md.b.2,ccss.math.content.3.nbt.a.2,ccss.ela-literacy.ri.3.5,ccss.math.content.4.nbt.b.5
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Students can create a travel guide for their destination, including travel brochures they "might pick up" advertising historical sites at their destination, creating a persuasive writing piece, as the historical site tries to lure tourist dollars.  Another spin-off project is to pretend that you're the local chamber of commerce - what industries are big in that tourist destination, and how can they lure businesses to set up shop in their selected locale?  I'd also be sure to train the kids on the school library databases as a high quality resource for their research.

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Project-Based Learning: An Overview

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Project-Based Learning: An Overview

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What a way to learn! Who wouldn't want to learn this way? For schools bound by curriculums & standardized testing, I think this can only be adopted in a small way.  I CAN see this being the basis for the best summer camp ever.

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Common Core and Project Based Learning - YouTube

We discuss the shifts in teaching required by the Common Core Standards and how they connect to PBL. For example, CCSS asks teachers to move from daily lesso...
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By mapping PBL to Common Core, this video can serve as a Rosetta Stone, allowing school librarians to also map PBL to the standards set forth by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL).  

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#MysterySkype

#MysterySkype | Project Based Learning | Scoop.it
The global guessing game that gets kids learning with Skype. Sign up to join our new Mystery Skype community.
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I presented on Skype in the Classroom last semester, and still think it is a marvelous & versatile tool. The Mystery Skype experience is equal parts game based learning, global awareness, and authentic project, wrapped into a tidy bundle that doesn't require a large block of class time.

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Teach21 Project Based Learning

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This is almost a kindergarten variant of the "Coming to America" project I described (remembering a student presentation from last semester) for upper grades.

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Zombie-Based Learning

Zombie-Based Learning | Project Based Learning | Scoop.it
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I might want to take an element of this for Halloween week for my 4th & 5th grade classes.  In general, this combines Game Based Learning with Project Based Learning and could result in a way to re-engage students who have otherwise disengaged from school.

 

I believe the game, Minecraft, is wildly popular AND addresses a zombie outbreak.  I can definitely see how students could be too busy trying to "game the system" in this zombie scenario to realize that they're actually reading maps and doing research.  Clever!  (Just be prepared with the curriculum to show the parents who object to playing games all day at school!)

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What is PBL? | Project Based Learning | BIE

What is PBL? | Project Based Learning | BIE | Project Based Learning | Scoop.it
Project Based Learning for the 21st Century...

Via JackieGerstein Ed.D., jessica slater
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This picture truly says 1000 words, which is why I like it.  While reading an article, this one or another, is necessary to understanding what PBL is, this graphic is an excellent at-a-glance reminder.  I'd actually like to take this image, transform it into a trumpet flower, then slide the graphic into the front of my planning binder to act as a beautiful reminder of what I should imbed into my lessons.

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jessica slater's curator insight, February 17, 2014 6:25 PM

PBL is a method to helping our students become globally competent and resilient. Through PBL, we are able to teach our students how to understand and participate in a rapidly changing world as well as allows our students the ability to change or maintain their place in our world.  #EDCI397 mission

Lauren Jackson's curator insight, February 19, 2014 3:50 PM

Another article that provides explicitly the essentials for Project Based Learning. The Buck Institute focuses on PBL to produce 21st Century Skills. Incorporating technology is fundamental in PBL. What worries me, as a future educator, is the unknown. I want to fully prepare my students with the skills they need, but we are preparing them for an unknown future. For example, in elementary school my computer class focused on "words typed per minute." But now students need to know much more than that when it comes to technology. How can we prepare globally competent students when we don't know what the global sphere will look like in 2020 and beyond?

Harry Greenhouse's curator insight, February 20, 2014 9:57 PM

This article by BIE shows the basics to project based learning. The article shows the major important factors that make project based learning possible and how to do them. Like we covered in class, PBL's need to be significant and relate-able so they are interesting as well as have a driving question that works as the thesis statement for the project.

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Coming to America: Illustrated Immigration Stories

Last semester, one of my classmates described a project that, unfortunately, I can't find to Scoop.  In this project, students researched immigration and created a digital comic book discussing what life would have been like for immigrants during a particular time in history.  If the class doing this project is covering immigration in general, and not a more specific topic (ex: immigration via Ellis Island in the early 1900s),  then here's how I'd approach the project:

 

1) As homework, interview a family member to discover:

    a) How & when did the student's family come to America?

    b) What details are known about that specific trip to America?  (ex: The ship's name, did the ancestor go through Ellis Island, did one person come or did they travel as a family.)  Fill in as many of the who, what, where, when, why & how questions as you can.

    c) Native Americans can tell the story of the Clovis People crossing the land bridge or another theory of how the Native Americans came to America.

    d) If a student's family doesn't know (or can't discuss) how they came to America, the student can invent a fictitious family similar to theirs, and proceed to step 2.

 

2) Research that time and place in history

     a) What major events were going happening at that time & place?

     b) Fill the gaps in the family record with plausible (researched) answers.

     c) Find images (using a creative commons database or another image database with permission to use the images - stay on the right side of copyright law!) for step 3.

 

3) Create an illustrated version of the immigration story.  Ideally we can find the comic book creation program, but any word processing program will allow for the integration of words and images.  A Power Point slide show is a good choice if the projects will be displayed to parents at the end of the year.

 

Note: By mixing family lore and historical research to follow a specific group of individuals, the end product is a work of Historical Fiction.

 

This project supports skills in writing and history, the creation of a presentation and the use of library resources for research.  It should also impress upon students that people have come (and still are coming) to America from many different places, traveling in many different ways, at many different times and for many different reasons.

 

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Robin Kinney's insight:

This project is very adaptable.  It can be simplified for 1st grade (step 1 only, with hand drawn or collage illustrations), or completed with high expectations for a 12th grade class.

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Building Parent Support for Project Based Learning | Blog | Project Based Learning | BIE

Building Parent Support for Project Based Learning | Blog | Project Based Learning | BIE | Project Based Learning | Scoop.it
RT @biepbl: [READ] Building Parent Support for Project Based #Learning http://t.co/3oFAffCIfH #EdChat #DeeperLearning
Robin Kinney's insight:
This is all well & good, but how do we convince the policy makers that this is a good idea? Common Core has recently gotten a lot of flack - can we fight for PBL when we may not be done fighting for CCSS yet? I still love the concept, but worry over its viability in public schools.
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