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A resource for parents, teachers and administrators new to PBL.
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Real-World Issues Motivate Students

Real-World Issues Motivate Students | project based learning | Scoop.it

More big picture stuff with three PBL classroom examples.

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jessica slater's curator insight, February 20, 2014 1:17 PM

One of the major benefits of PBL is being able to apply practical implication. A great motivator for students is to create opportunities with concrete, hands-on, real-world problems. PBL makes school more like real life in that students are able to answer questions that are relevant to them . PBL involves having an initial discussion about a topic, fieldwork, and presenting the information. Kids that are excited about what they learn expand their interest in learning as a whole and enhance cognition.

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What PBL is Not

What PBL is Not | project based learning | Scoop.it

3:45 - There's a difference between letting a project run the semester and running the semester then doing a project

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Project Based Learning: Explained

The Buck Institute for Education commissioned the cutting-edge advertising agency, Common Craft, to create a short animated video that explains in clear lang...
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Kelly Craig's curator insight, February 20, 2014 10:03 AM
Easy explanation of PBL #helpfulvideo
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Problem Based vs. Project Based Learning

Problem Based vs. Project Based Learning | project based learning | Scoop.it

 

PBL usually begins with an artifact or product in mind from which students encounter problems to be solved as they create the product.

 

 

- authentic

- open ended

- simulate professional situations

- student centred, teacher facilitated

- collaboration

- seek solutions, multiple resources

- authentic performance assessment

- self reflection and evaluation

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New Tech Network's Approach

5:47 - Educational Model:

 

1) Teaching that Engages - PBL

2) Culture that Empowers - loose structure, less teacher direction, shifted teacher role (not authority figure)

3) Technology that Enables - never without a built in human component.

 

Belief in community within the community is essential to success.

 

Here is the link to the New Tech. Network: http://www.newtechnetwork.org/ where you can keep an eye on various schools and network initiatives.

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Design Principles

Design Principles | project based learning | Scoop.it

In addition to design principles PBL Online has other resources which can be accessed via the site's home page. After registering for the online collaboratory, I didn't find it a useful resource, so I wouldn't recommend it. It's dated and the database is limited. However,  from the home page you will find helpful research review and web resource links which are organized through the Buck Institute for Education http://www.bie.org.

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Additional Resources (MoodleMeets)

Additional Resources (MoodleMeets) | project based learning | Scoop.it

The above link takes you to the sign in page for a PBL course I took in May, but unless you took the course, it's useless to you. So, here's a link to all of the links we discussed in class: http://www.scoop.it/t/ceet-meet-resources-may-2012-building-a-project-based-course-from-the-ground-up?page=1

 

(If you are not familiar with MoodleMeets as a professional learning option, I recommed keeping an eye on what LearnNowBC is offering this year: http://www.learnnowbc.ca/educators/moodlemeets/default.aspx)

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The Power of Project Learning

The Power of Project Learning | project based learning | Scoop.it

This is an easy to read article from Scholastic which may be useful for administrators.

 

 

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Project-based learning in Finland

West Virginia learns Finland’s ‘most honorable profession’: Teacher http://www.cnn.com/2011/US/08/29/education.wv.finland/index.html?hpt=hp_bn1 Project-based learning — an i...
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How the Finnish school system outshines U.S. education

Educational philosophy in Finland is strikingly different than in the United States, but the students there outperform U.S. learners.
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Enhancing Learning

Enhancing Learning | project based learning | Scoop.it

Last spring at Youlearn, a few students, parents and staff started taking a closer look at project based learning. This year, building on the outstanding work some of our students have been doing and the growing body of research supporting personalized and inquiry based learning, we will be implementing PBL into some of our programs. This site is a collection of our findings and thoughts. Use it, share it, add to it. Welcome!

 

Posts following this post serve as an introduction for people new to PBL. They have been placed in order to quickly get people unfamiliar with PBL "up to speed". Posts preceding this post are organized according to themes and/or the date they were found.

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A Bit of Research

Educational Leadership: Teaching Students to Think.

 

1) Role of facilatator

2) Typical projects include . . .

3) Challenges of implementation

 

Findings suggest "caution in embracing this practice . . ."

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Michaela Vila's curator insight, February 19, 2014 7:12 PM

Wow so many little weird things about this article! It says that charter schools are focus on PBL more than traditional public schools and that elementary school grades are more likely to combined subject areas for PBL projects. I wish this article talked more about how we should challenge this! Not to mention I hate this last line "Together these findings suggest caution in embracing this practice unless the conditions for success are in place." I think we need more of a practice makes perfect attitude here! 

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More Research

1) The use of computers: real world vs. rote

2) Laptops shift classrooms

3) Successful school restructuring

 

Teamwork, technology, and hands-on work are important elements of project-based learning.

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Intro. to PBL

3:10

1) "Learning that results in demonstrations of performance, real tasks . . ."

2) Teachers need to give up the idea that students have to learn a given thing on a given day and replace it with a system that positions students to learn what they need to when they need it

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PBL at HTH

1) 0:17-2:30 Technology is a tool and tools are sacred.

2) 7:38-9:39 Learning is a different process when we are visible and know our products will be as well

3) 12:07-14:32 Be evocative with teachers and consider Larry's definition of rigor.

 

High Tech High CEO Larry Rosenstock describes a vision for education that embraces learning that flows from personal interests, passion for discovery, and a ...

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Teacher's Guide

Teacher's Guide | project based learning | Scoop.it

This is a well organized, useful, 58 page teacher resource co-created by the High Tech High schools of San Diego and the Learning Futures project from England intended to help schools with inspiring, developing, executing and integrating project based learning in their communities. The free digital copy can be downloaded as a .pdf from the bottom of the page.

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10 Tips for Assessing PBL

10 Tips for Assessing PBL | project based learning | Scoop.it

This is a 14 page .pdf (downloadable from the bottom of the page) published by Edutopia. The title says it all. The tips are organized into four sections: Plan Ahead, Launch into Learning, Share What Students Know and Reflect, Revise, Revisit.

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Kelly Craig's curator insight, February 11, 2014 10:46 AM

"Use this space to ask questions, offer support, and share your best practices for all things PBL."

 

Good tips for PBL!  This website provides links to other schools or examples of how PBL is used. It also has links to websites that offer more insight on PBL and understanding what you are creating within a classroom environment. 

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The Alberta Initiative for School Improvement (AISI)

The Alberta Initiative for School Improvement (AISI) | project based learning | Scoop.it

Known as Inquiry Based Learning in Alberta, AISI is another excellent place to find a number of PBL resources. AISI is a heavily supported program, financially.

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FAQ's

Here are a few questions to get us started. Feel free to add others and between us we will try and find as many answers as we can.

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