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Project Design and PBL

An overview training of project based learning along with a quick how to on project design.

Kami Thordarson

on 20 September 2012

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Transcript of Project Design and PBL

Essential Question Old Question: How does a frog's
habitat help them grow?
New Question: Why do people say
there is no place like home?
DQ: What is needed for a healthy frog habitat? Moving from passive to active learning. Old Task: Research and make a field
guide about an African animal.
Essential Question: What is the price of life?
DQ: How do we create a field guide for a Jungle Jeep Safari company with a multimedia presentation, presented in the animal's point of view? Old Question: How does it feel
to be an immigrant?
Essential Question: Why do people
move from one country to another?
Driving Question: How do we re-create
an immigrant's experience? Essential Elements of PBL Developing a Project:
Step 1: Idea?
anchor in science or social studies
relevant and interesting Step 2: Decide on the scope
time allocations
required assessments
time frame
resources Step 3: Decide on major products and how they will be presented - make authentic Keys to a good question:
Will your students understand it?
Does it require in-depth inquiry and higher level thinking? open ended? more than one right answer?
To answer it, will students learn the content and skills targeted? Two Basic Types of Driving Questions:

1. specify a product to be created, a task to be done, or a problem to solve

2. focus on a philosophical or debatable issue, or an intriguing topic Examples of #1:
How can we create a picture book about the life cycle of animals in Los Altos?
How can we make a farm in our classroom?
How can we create a web page for other kids to recommend good books to read?

How can we, as ___________ (role), ___________(do a task/create a product) for/to/that ______________(purpose and audience)? What every project needs:
1. Significant content - What knowledge is worth spending time to uncover?
2. Need to Know
3. Driving Question
4. Student Voice and Choice
5. 21st Century Skills - collaboration, critical thinking, communication
6. Inquiry and Innovation - answering and generating new questions
7. Feedback and revision
8. Publicly presented project 21st Century Skills Framework:
http://www.bie.org/research/21st_century_skills How can I design a meaningful & effective
project where students learn significant
content and build 21st century skills? Examples of #2:
Should our playground be changed?
Does it matter how much sleep we get?
Do animals in stories act and think like real animals do?
What does it mean to be a good friend?
Why did European explorers of the New World risk their lives? Localize and charge your driving question!

Science Unit -
Big Idea: the Earth changes over time
Enduring Understanding: the Earth changes and shifts because of erosion, volcanoes, continental drift, and shifts in climate
Essential Question: How has the Earth changed?
DQ: What did our town where we live look like a million years ago? (product is to create an online museum exhibit) Assessment: Individual Group Rubrics - focus on content and conceptual undertanding Plan an Entry Event
It's all in the title! Build Collaboration Skills
team building games
fun contests - paper towers
"silly" projects - practice making a task list
for a silly project such as "Plan a trip as if you
were a group of monkeys going to the North Pole."
Practice making consensus decisions - "What kind of snack should we have after school?"
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