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Project Based Learning
Transcript of Project Based Learning
What is Project-Based Learning?
A teaching method that engages students in common core skills through self-directed, real world problem solving to produce high quality collaborative products - Thom Markham
Project Based Learning Resources
of Project Based Learning
Curriculum and Relevancy: The First Steps
Dos and Don'ts
Have your students work in groups
Put the responsibility of the learning on the students
Create a variety of rubrics to access your students
Focus on 21st century skills
Teach your students how to find the answers to their questions
Focus your real-world example on just one profession or trade. Determine how all students can relate to your essential question
Give your students all the details and steps of the project. Let them learn and explore to figure these out on their own
Problem-Based Learning Checklist
Implementing Project-Based Learning
for Meaningful Project-Based Learning
Created by: Derek Brown, Chrisopher Riha, and Alicia Sheehy
1. From your curriculum, pick one particular objective you would like to address.
2. Identify the skills and knowledge students need to master related to this objective.
3. Determine where this objective is addressed in the real-world and how you can make it relevant to your student's lives.
4. Begin to develop your lesson plan.
via Crockett, Jukes, & Churches
Title, Grade level, Subject, and Duration
The Big Picture
Sum up your main idea in just a few words
The Essential Questions
What is the main question you are trying to answer
Core Subject Legend
Where and how do your core subjects appear in this lesson
Core Concept Matrix
What concepts and ideas appear in your lesson
What standards are addressed in this lesson
Look at where/how the 21st century skills are addressed in this lesson
Adapted from Crockett, Jukes, & Churches
Students from different areas of the globe worked together to create an informative websites for kids about SARS
Despite the many miles and time zones between them the group's collaborative effort was successful and they created a prize winning product.
Create a Political Ad
Students use the 4 C's to create a political ad. This video gives the viewers a great idea of what a project entails from start to finish
Teach 21 is data base of lesson plans and activities
The State of West Virginia has adopted this plan and is using it as a model for all schools
The links below provides an example of a lesson plan and the database
Buck Institute For Education
Looking for more ideas check out Buck Institute's video library
Students learn more when they are working to solve real world problems
Teachers should become facilitators of knowledge
Answer the questions below to determine the appropriateness of your lesson. If you answer "no" to any of these, go back and make the appropriate changes.
Is there a problem or challenge?
Is this relevant to the leaner?
Does it require higher-level thinking?
Does it address multiple curricular objectives?
Does it cultivate the 21st century fluencies?
Are digital tools used to create a real-world product?
Are there things that need to be discovered?
Crockett, Jukes, & Churches pg 104
"In short, PBL helps students not only learn content but also the 21st-century skills they will need to thrive in a quickly changing,
globally connected world."
John Mergendoller executive director of the Buck Institute for Education
Good Questions Develops 21st Century Skills
Make a Change!
Try Project-Based Learning: it might turn out to be the best thing you've done in the classroom!
Based on research - Constructivist based learning
21st Century Skills - Collaboration, Creativity and Technology
Common Core - Critical Thinking and Communication
Proven road maps and resources
- Buck Institute and Edutopia
Accountability - goal setting and
AND IT'S FUN!
Students are inspired to obtain a deeper knowledge of the subjects they're studying
Working in the community
Pacific Education Institute Full Project Plan
Ask the question what problems does your local ecosystem have?
Gives an outline of what a proper Project Lesson should look like
Food for thought
Boss, S. (2011). Project-based learning: what experts say. Edutopia. Retrieved from
Buck Institute for Education. (2009, June 26). Propositions project: 21st century skills [Video
file]. Retrieved from YouTube
Crockett, L., Jukes, I., & Churches, A. (2011). Literacy is not enough: 21st-century fluencies
for the digital age. USA: Corwin.
Markham, T. (2011). Project based learning. Teacher Librarian, 39(2), 38-42.
Oracle Education Foundation. (2009, January 12). SARS: an open scar [Video file]. Retrieved
Socially Good TV (2013, May 7). Education in action: Buchtel CLC [Video file]. Retrieved from
TED (2013, May 8). Malcolm London: "High School Training Ground" [Video file]. Retrieved
Trilling, B., & Fadel, C. (2009). 21st century skills: learning for life in our times. San Francisco: