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Examples of PBL, its positive effects on student learning, and ways to introduce it to your classroom.
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Project-Based Learning: Debunking the Myths and Fallacies

Project-Based Learning: Debunking the Myths and Fallacies | Project-Based Learning (Edutopia) | Scoop.it
More than 20 years of teaching and leading schools that rely on project-based learning (PBL), I have heard many untruths stated as "PBL gospel." These fallacies survive as myths that get in the way
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Classroom Guide: Top Ten Tips for Assessing Project-Based Learning

Classroom Guide: Top Ten Tips for Assessing Project-Based Learning | Project-Based Learning (Edutopia) | Scoop.it
This classroom guide is intended to inspire and expand your thinking about effective assessment for project-based learning.


The tips are organized to follow the arc of a project. First comes plan
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Maggie Rouman's curator insight, June 15, 2016 10:37 PM

Download Edutopia's pdf guide. Great resource!

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Critical Assessment Ideas from PBL World

Critical Assessment Ideas from PBL World | Project-Based Learning (Edutopia) | Scoop.it
I had a great time at the PBL World Conference in so many ways: as a presenter, as a panelist, as a listener, as a collaborator, and even as the subject of art. (Now, that is something I would never,
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Melissa Dittman Solazzo's curator insight, February 11, 2014 3:03 PM

As we move into "Messy Education" we need to keep this in mind. . .

Sophia Vitilio's curator insight, February 16, 2014 10:04 PM

I can easily say that although I am currently enrolled in an assessment class, I never thought of the challenges in assessment with project based learning.  Since our world is becoming more technology based as time goes on, I really thing that teaching and assessing 21st century skills are very important.  If we want our students to be globally competent, they will need these skills, and will need to keep up with them to be successful in a global world.  I think it is always important for goals to be set.  This being said, I think it would be effective for students to set goals as they work on their PBL work so they can revise appropriately so their final product is up to par.  I also believe that it is beyond important for whatever a student is doing to be meaningful to them.  Personally, I put more effort and have more passion for what I am working on when I have an interest for it so I would want my students to do work that is meaningful to them.  A personal drive will allow for a thriving classroom.  One other part of PBL I see as challenging is how to use this type of learning while still having to prepare students for standardized tests.

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Creating Makerspaces in Schools

Creating Makerspaces in Schools | Project-Based Learning (Edutopia) | Scoop.it
Edutopia blogger Mary Beth Hertz reports from EdCamp NYC about design thinking, the maker movement and their relevance to STEM curriculum.
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ratzelster's comment, July 21, 2013 11:00 AM
This is harder than it seems....takes not only a philosophical shift (which is the easiest part) and $$$
Chris Metcalfe's curator insight, November 7, 2013 5:51 AM

Where do our students get to make stuff? I really like this idea of makerspaces, trying to create one in my own school currently and it is a project that is injecting real passion into the teachers involved.

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When Students Do The Teaching

When Students Do The Teaching | Project-Based Learning (Edutopia) | Scoop.it

Guest blogger Kiera Chase shares the power of students creating lessons and teaching their peers.

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Sophia Vitilio's curator insight, February 19, 2014 5:05 PM

I personally thought this was very interesting for several reasons.  One reason being that the students were doing the teaching.  Growing up, I was always helping others, helping 'teach' them things that they did not understand, and this ended up giving me an even more understanding then what I already had.  I think it is really good for students to do the teaching because it really gets them involved and interested in what they have to learn.  

Rachel McGrath's comment, February 19, 2014 11:22 PM
I completely agree. I know that a lot of times the things I can remember the most are those that I taught to someone else who was struggling. In fact if I really wanted to make sure I knew the concepts and would remember it for the test, I PURPOSELY taught it. I have seen a bunch of times where someone understands what the answer is but can't explain it. I feel like practicing that "teaching" aspect of any subject is important. It not only lets you learn to communicate with others well, but it also like you stated gets them involved and interested. Teaching the material is a good way for them to engage and I enjoyed it when teachers I had would have us do this for a topic in class.
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Engaging Students in the STEM Classroom Through "Making"

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Former engineering professor and executive director of the Maker Education Initiative describes how the Maker Movement is engaging STEM students in new ways.

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Video Resources for PBL and Deeper Learning

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Blogger Bob Lenz offers up video examples of project-based learning from Envision Schools.

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PBLU Brings Free Professional Development Online

PBLU Brings Free Professional Development Online | Project-Based Learning (Edutopia) | Scoop.it
PBLU offers a way to meet the growing demand from K-12 teachers who want to shift from traditional instruction to teaching with projects. Unlike workshops that focus on project design, PBLU will emphasize project implementation, management and assessment
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New Research Helps Makes Case for Rigorous PBL

New Research Helps Makes Case for Rigorous PBL | Project-Based Learning (Edutopia) | Scoop.it

Teachers and other "education change agents" who are advocates of project-based learning often find that they have to make the case for PBL to their communities. "They need backup," acknowledged Cindy Johanson, executive director of the George Lucas Educational Foundation (GLEF) and Edutopia. In her keynote address to PBL World on Thursday, she shared highlights of new research that shows the effectiveness of PBL for achieving rigorous learning outcomes.

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"What's Worth Learning?" is Key Question for PBL Worldwide

"What's Worth Learning?" is Key Question for PBL Worldwide | Project-Based Learning (Edutopia) | Scoop.it
When Claudia Urrea was growing up in Colombia, her family made a point of doing projects together. Whether they were focused on fun -- "building the coolest kite" -- or more practical household matters, projects taught her the value of learning by doing.
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PBL: What Does It Take for a Project to Be "Authentic"?

PBL: What Does It Take for a Project to Be "Authentic"? | Project-Based Learning (Edutopia) | Scoop.it
John Larmer is the Director of Product Development at the Buck Institute for Education (@BuckInstitute on Twitter).
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How Project-Based Learning Builds 21st-Century Skills

How Project-Based Learning Builds 21st-Century Skills | Project-Based Learning (Edutopia) | Scoop.it
Suzie Boss (@suzieboss on Twitter) is a journalist and author of Reinventing Project-Based Learning: Your Field Guide to Real-World Projects in the Digital Age.
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Ideas for Using Minecraft in the Classroom

Ideas for Using Minecraft in the Classroom | Project-Based Learning (Edutopia) | Scoop.it

Minecraft in the Classroom is a recent addition to the field of game-based learning. It is a sandbox game where players can create and build, fight off enemies and explore vast landscapes.

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Rigorous Project-Based Learning Transforms AP Courses

Rigorous Project-Based Learning Transforms AP Courses | Project-Based Learning (Edutopia) | Scoop.it
Through a project called Knowledge in Action, researchers at the University of Washington have been exploring whether project-based learning can help high school students with diverse learning styles understand content more deeply in advanced...
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Summer Planning for Successful PBL

Summer Planning for Successful PBL | Project-Based Learning (Edutopia) | Scoop.it
It is often said that leading and teaching in project-based learning schools are like building an airplane while flying it. During the summer, we land the plane and we have a chance to just build. In
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jbcassidy's curator insight, August 2, 2015 12:47 PM

No doubt planning ahead is key to success. Once the year starts rolling it's like catching a roller coaster.

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PBL Key Piece of Deeper Learning Puzzle

PBL Key Piece of Deeper Learning Puzzle | Project-Based Learning (Edutopia) | Scoop.it
If your school or district is thinking strategically about preparing students for the future, it's almost certain that you've been having deep conversations about how teaching and learning need to shi...
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According to Suzie Boss, PBL is a Key Piece of the Deeper Learning Puzzle.

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Expert Advice: Make More Time for Play

Expert Advice: Make More Time for Play | Project-Based Learning (Edutopia) | Scoop.it

Blogger Suzie Boss explores the notion that adventuresome experiences that engage both mind and body are how we learn best.

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Practical PBL: The Ongoing Challenges of Assessment

Practical PBL: The Ongoing Challenges of Assessment | Project-Based Learning (Edutopia) | Scoop.it

Katherine Piper offers three standards of assessment for individual student participation in PBL teams.

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Cathy Dobbie's curator insight, March 25, 2013 1:56 AM

Being able to record and assess student learning and acheivement in project based learning environments is of interest to me.

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School Transformation Through Arts Integration at Bates Middle School in Maryland

School Transformation Through Arts Integration at Bates Middle School in Maryland | Project-Based Learning (Edutopia) | Scoop.it
Bates Middle School in Annapolis, Maryland has integrated the arts into every corner of their curriculum -- and they are seeing real academic benefits.
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Getting Started with Project-Based Learning (Hint: Don't Go Crazy)

Getting Started with Project-Based Learning (Hint: Don't Go Crazy) | Project-Based Learning (Edutopia) | Scoop.it
Before the start of the school year, many of us want to use the remaining weeks of summer to learn some new skills -- such as project-based learning (PBL).
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Cathy Dobbie's curator insight, March 25, 2013 4:57 AM

This is a short article that is a good introduction to PBL, and a good reminder that you may not be able to achieve everything you want in the first instande - implications for teaching in general not just PBL.

Becca Wagman's curator insight, February 19, 2014 10:16 PM

I really liked this article because it talks about how to get started with PBL in the classroom. I certainly am nervous about understanding how to apply PBL in my future classroom and the task not be too daunting. This article provides good tips to consider when starting to implement PBL in the classroom!

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SocialEdCon: What the Heck Do We Do with Social Media?

SocialEdCon: What the Heck Do We Do with Social Media? | Project-Based Learning (Edutopia) | Scoop.it
Social media is arguably the single most disruptive innovation in the history of industrialized civilization. It’s redefining how we engage with each other, how we do business, how we get our news, how we spend our free time and how we revolt against repressive regimes. It’s no wonder that people are terrified of it. And to that end, it’s not surprising that many educators find themselves in schools where social media is blocked -- and/or with draconian social media policies in place.
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For Engaging Projects, "Keep It Real"

For Engaging Projects, "Keep It Real" | Project-Based Learning (Edutopia) | Scoop.it
Sam Seidel, author of Hip Hop Genius: Remixing High School Education, suggested a new "essential element" for high-quality project-based learning in his keynote to the PBL World audience on Tuesday. His advice for high-quality projects? "Keep it real."
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Learn Virtually Alongside Global Gathering at PBL World

Learn Virtually Alongside Global Gathering at PBL World | Project-Based Learning (Edutopia) | Scoop.it
More than 450 educators from around the globe, including 27 U.S. states, are converging on Napa, California, this week for the first-ever PBL World conference. Focusing on best practices in project-based learning and featuring a stellar line-up of daily keynote speakers, PBL World is co-sponsored by the Buck Institute for Education and the Napa Valley Unified School District. Can’t make it? No worries. Thanks to social media, there will be plenty of virtual opportunities to expand your PBL toolkit right alongside attendees.
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Project-Based Learning: Success Start to Finish

Visit http://www.edutopia.org/manor. Go inside Manor New Technology High School, where an unwavering commitment to an effective schoolwide PBL model keeps bo...
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Becca Wagman's curator insight, February 19, 2014 10:28 PM

This video really grabs your attention. It really moved me in a way that makes me want to jump up and learn more about Project Based Learning. It taught me how much time it takes for the teacher's to plan these projects through looking at the state standards. I liked how the students touched on the fact that they get to use their creativity when learning in Manor Technical School. I really liked the idea the teacher talked about leaving the child breadcrumbs to entice them into the project and get their brains to recognize the information they may have heard before about this topic. Overall, a great video!

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Ten Steps to Drive Student Inquiry

Ten Steps to Drive Student Inquiry | Project-Based Learning (Edutopia) | Scoop.it
Discover a project-based learning model that motivates students to pursue knowledge and drives academic achievement.
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