Using project based learning to help student understanding

In learning, there may be no greater tool for students than hands-on experience. Consider a classroom of first-graders who were lead in an endeavor to raise trout eggs while understanding environmental impacts. Or a high-school biology teacher who had her students create a project on any system in the human body, with results that included everything […]

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You’re not doing PBL wrong, just differently

“All this time, I was doing it wrong.” Since Erin and I released Hacking Project Based Learning this past December, we have been happy to hear from teachers and students who are benefiting from what we wrote. At the same time, we have received several messages that look like the one above. These are messages […]

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Don’t Do Something, Just Stand There

In a PBL classroom, students do things. But what about the teacher? What do we need to be doing while the students are doing things? What does it look like when the teacher is a coach? Are we still doing things, and if so, what are they? In Making Space for Thinking, we made the […]

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Project based learning needs more learning

Today’s enthusiasm for project-based learning (PBL) fits into the paradigm-shifting category, helpfully emphasizing that we learn best by doing. As a complete educational philosophy or strategy, however, it falls short on many fronts. Source: Project-based learning needs more learning Wow, I don’t think the author understands what Project Based Learning is. I mean, I find very little […]

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Why Do So Many Schools Want to Implement Project Based Learning, But So Few Actually Do? | EdSurge News

In a world where so much knowledge is a two-second search away, many schools are losing interest in models that promote static learning to know. They’re looking to embrace dynamic models that promote learning to do and learning to be. Project-Based Learning (PBL) allows learners to develop skills by solving meaningful, real-world challenges , i.e. organizing […]

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When Tech Meets Project Based Learning | EdSurge News

Almost 20 years ago, when Paul Curtis was a social studies teacher at the just-opened New Technology High School in Napa, Calif., there wasn’t much “tech” to support project-based learning. “We didn’t even give the kids email addresses back then,” he chuckles. Even now, Curtis, Director of Curriculum for the New Tech Network, is confident […]

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Sharing: Project based learning should be medium agnostic

If It’s Not Medium Agnostic, It’s Not Project-Based Learning All types of rubrics (not just those created by students) are medium agnostic when the categories and descriptors are focused on learning, no tasks. For example, an excerpt from a poor rubric might read, “The poster includes at least 6 facts about the state and is […]

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