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Personalized Learning Through Project-Based Music. By Michael Hayden Project-based music is a way for students to personalize their learning, take ownership, use relevant technology, build upon and acquire new skills, and showcase their understanding to key learning outcomes—and yes, solve a real world “problem.” As with other types of personalized classrooms, project-based environments focus on learner outcomes and 21st century skills such as critical thinking, collaboration, creativity, and communication. This type of democratic learning environment has students learning by doing and by allowing all to explore individual interests and passions, learners are more motivated and excited about school. Finally, this real world context has a direct connection to our students’ lives outside of school.

The heart of project-based music is personalized learning. Projects in which students take control of their learning can be started with any grade level and are perfect for the music classroom. Music Composition Instructional Videos. What is the Difference Between Problem, Project, and Challenge Based Learning? Personalized Learning Through Project-Based Music - NAfME. In PBL, the Problem is the Project - Pbl Global. When I worked for the Buck Institute for Education in the early 2000’s, we held endless staff meetings probing the distinction between project based learning and problem based learning. It was a necessary discussion at that point in the evolution of PBL. Many of BIE’s early offerings centered around problem based units in Economics, and no adequate definition of PBL itself had emerged. That debate has faded into history because BIE offered a settled definition of PBL that has stuck.

It’s a “teaching method in which students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period to investigate and respond to an authentic, engaging and complex question, problem, or challenge.” But the debate also lost steam because the staff ended up dancing on the head of a pin. And yet, somewhere in the intervening years, PBL has begun to lose the problem-solving focus.

Advocates of high quality PBL should hold their applause, however. That’s a danger for PBL–and teachers know it. Project Based Learning: Start Here | Cult of Pedagogy. DRIVING QUESTION LIST. Project Based Learning | BIE. Pick a Project | Making Projects Click. Top Project Based Learning Lesson Plans | PBL Project Based Learning. About ETR Community EdTechReview (ETR) is a community of and for everyone involved in education technology to connect and collaborate both online and offline to discover, learn, utilize and share about the best ways technology can improve learning, teaching, and leading in the 21st century. EdTechReview spreads awareness on education technology and its role in 21st century education through best research and practices of using technology in education, and by facilitating events, training, professional development, and consultation in its adoption and implementation.

Teaching with Technology Series - Grade 3, English Language Arts. NTN Project Quality Checklist. How You Can Bring Creativity Back Into Your Classroom With Project Based Learning. Think about it: when was the last time a creative task held your focus? Perhaps when you needed to solve a complex problem with a personal solution? Make a drawing? Build something? Many people have a sense of satisfaction after finishing something, that feeling of “I did my best work! I put my all into it, and now I release it into the wild.” Now, imagine kids getting that feeling every time we introduce a new concept or ask an essential question. According to a study from Adobe (which an accompanying infographic shown to the right), 82% of college-educated professionals wish they had more exposure to creative thinking as students. But where to begin? Teacher Sets the Standards, Student Chooses the Project As you get ready for the new 2016-2017 school year, you wonder—where does one start?

For the More Tech-y Perhaps you and your students enjoy using technology, as it continues to offer new and exciting ways for students to show their creativity. What are my options? For the Less Tech-y. When Tech Meets Project Based Learning. 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 that project-based learning can happen without much technology. But use it right, he adds, and technology can change the “tone” of the classroom in powerful ways. “It asks teachers to give up ‘the script’ for the classroom,” he says. Curtis sees technology shaping project-based learning in multiple ways.

Finally, Curtis’ third level of technology for supporting PBL involves wielding software tools that enable students to learn at home in a flipped classroom model—then use classroom time for collaboration and “more robust thinking,” he says. “The best curriculum comes from the passions of teachers and students,” Curtis says. Resources for Assessment in Project-Based Learning | Edutopia. Project-based learning (PBL) demands excellent assessment practices to ensure that all learners are supported in the learning process. With good assessment practices, PBL can create a culture of excellence for all students. We’ve compiled some of the best resources from Edutopia and the web to support your use of assessment in PBL, including information about strategies, advice on how to address the demands of standardized tests, and summaries of the research. Best Practices for PBL Assessment Assessment in Project-Based Learning (Buck Institute for Education, 2014) In this recorded Google hangout, BIE’s John Larmer and a panel of educators address the driving question, "How can we effectively assess student learning in PBL?

" Back to Top PBL and Standardized Tests Research on PBL Assessment Additional Resources We hope these resources will help you ensure that students learn both significant content and 21st-century skills through projects. Resources for Getting Started with Project-Based Learning. Integrated PBL Projects: A Full-Course Meal! In the project-based learning field, we use the metaphor that projects are the "main course, not the dessert" (as coined in an article from the Buck Institute for Education).

Projects are intended to create the need-to-know content and skills, and the opportunity for students to learn them in an authentic context. When teachers first design PBL projects, they are often limited. In fact, I recommend that. Teachers and students must learn to become better PBL practitioners, so limited projects can lead to more ambitious projects. One of the criteria for a more ambitious project is to integrate the disciplines. This can be easy or challenging depending on your context, grade level, and schedule structures.

Teachers develop PBL curriculum for the coming year. Photo Credit: Andrew Miller Use a Variety of Planning Strategies I wrote about many of these strategies in a previous blog post. Larger Part of the Meal Not all integrated projects are equal when it comes to the disciplines. 24 Project Ideas from Global Digital Citizenship Foundation. Project Based Learning in the Classroom: Project Ideas Year 10-12 includes projects with these driving questions: What goes into training and improving the performance of a professional athlete? Why are creative minds and critical thinkers so crucial to the evolution of our way of life? What does it take to turn your passion into a business? How can we show the parallel between modern life and the lives of characters in classic works of literature? How would understanding the function of our planet’s core help us to become more environmentally friendly?

How are math and calculations making our homes and surrounding more beautiful? One of these project ideas might be a springboard to a project you do with students. Problem-Based Learning or Just Another Project? Use This Checklist to Find Out. A few days ago I posted Amy Mayer’s comparison between assigning projects and developing project-based learning in the classroom. Due to its immense popularity, I decided to do some more research on helpful charts for teachers trying to implement PBL in their classrooms, and was thrilled to come across this checklist from the good folks at BIE: This checklist is a fantastic way to ensure that you are on the right track with shifting away from “doing a project” and moving towards project-based learning. Even if you are still at the planning phase, this is a great graphic to get you thinking about the essential elements you should include in your next project-based learning unit!

Happy checking, y’all! Like this: Like Loading... 42 Fill-in-the-Blank Prompts For Students To Design Their Own Projects. 42 Fill-in-the-Blank Prompts For Students To Design Their Own Projects by Terry Heick So often, we make learning more complicated than it has to be. Local planning requirements are usually at fault here–plan this way and prove that you’ve done so here and here, fill out this and this, etc. Those legitimate concerns aside, the following series of fill-in-the-blank prompts can be used by teachers to create lessons, students to create projects–or teachers to collaborate with students to create lessons–or projects.

Or, well, you get the idea. Please steal them, add to them, or otherwise do with them what you will. 42 Project-Based Learning Ideas For Any Content Area A few examples of how it might work? Clarify racism in the United States for a high school in India. Design and publish a compelling eBook your friends would actually want to read using a simple smartphone app. Practice coding until you can make a ball bounce. Compare the force of a tsunami with a nuclear bomb. 8 Steps To Design Problem-Based Learning In Your Classroom. What Is Problem-Based Learning? By TeachThought Staff What is problem-based learning? One definition, if we want to start simple, is learning that is based around a problem. That is, the development, analysis, and thinking towards a problem drives student learning forward.

We’ve been meaning to write a kind of beginner’s guide/primer to problem-based learning for, oh, about 18 months now and haven’t yet, so Mia MacMeekin’ss graphic here is going to have to do. And luckily enough, it’s a nicely done visual that provides a useful starting point to make sense of this learning and teaching strategy. The graphic eschews Mia’s usual squared, grid approach for something a bit more linear and comprehensive–an 8-step sequence to designing problem-based learning in your classroom. 8 Steps To Design Problem-Based Learning In Your Classroom 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. You can read more about learning models and theories in our 21st Century Dictionary for Teachers. 12 Timeless Project-Based Learning Resources. 12 Timeless Project-Based Learning Resources by Shannon Dauphin Project-based learning is becoming increasingly popular as teachers look for a way to make lessons stick in the minds of their students.

According to Edutopia, studies have shown that students who use project-based learning remember the material much longer and have healthier attitudes toward education. Project-based learning is based on the idea that students learn best by tackling and solving real world problems. Students are much more engaged with the subject matter and look to the teacher as more of a coach who guides them through their own reflections and ideas. Ready to try project-based learning in your classroom? 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. From integrating technology into the classroom to teaching science by hands-on experimentation, project-based learning is not only educational, but often entertaining as well. A Project-Based Learning Cheat Sheet For Authentic Learning. A Project-Based Learning Cheat Sheet by TeachThought Staff Like most buzzwords in education, “authenticity” isn’t a new idea.

For decades, teachers have sought to make student learning “authentic” by looking to the “real world”–the challenges, technology, and communities that students care about and connect with daily. You’ve probably been encouraged in the past to design work that “leaves the classroom.” Reach beyond the school walls. The question is, how? We’re going to take a closer look at progressive approaches to teacher planning whenever Terry Heick can be convinced to finish that series. The function of this image is to act as a kind of brainstorm–to help you get your own creative juices going to decide what’s most important when designing an authentic project-based learning unit–audiences, technology, habits, purposes, and so on. 3 Questions To Guide Authentic Project-Based Learning What role is the learner taking on?

And your thinking and experience? Project Based Learning Checklists. Classroom Guide: Top Ten Tips for Assessing Project-Based Learning (now available in Spanish!) Facebook Edutopia on Facebook Twitter Edutopia on Twitter Google+ Pinterest Edutopia on Pinterest WHAT WORKS IN EDUCATION The George Lucas Educational Foundation What's Inside the PDF? Keep It Real with Authentic Products Don’t Overlook Soft Skills Learn from Big Thinkers Use Formative Strategies to Keep Projects on Track Gather Feedback -- Fast Focus on Teamwork Track Progress with Digital Tools Grow Your Audience Do-It-Yourself Professional Development Assess Better Together BONUS TIP: How to Assemble Your PBL Tool Kit. PBL Research Review (Edutopia)

Editor's Note: This article was originally written by Vanessa Vega, with subsequent updates made by the Edutopia staff. Studies have proven that when implemented well, project-based learning (PBL) can increase retention of content and improve students' attitudes towards learning, among other benefits. Edutopia's PBL research review explores the vast body of research on the topic and helps make sense of the results. In this series of five articles, learn how researchers define project-based learning, review some of the possible learning outcomes, get our recommendations of evidence-based components for successful PBL, learn about best practices across disciplines, find tips for avoiding pitfalls when implementing PBL programs, and dig in to a comprehensive annotated bibliography with links to all the studies and reports cited in these pages.

What is Project-Based Learning? Learning Outcomes Keys to Project-Based Learning Success. Twenty Ideas for Engaging Projects. STEM MI Champions: Leading Project-Based Learning / PBL Gallery. | Making Projects Click. Project Based Learning | BIE. Six Engaging End-of-Year Projects. Why We Changed Our Model of the “8 Essential Elements of PBL” Project Based Learning: Don’t Start with a Question | The Construction Zone. A World of Project Ideas (You Can Steal)

How to Reinvent Project Based Learning to Be More Meaningful. 3 Types Of Project-Based Learning Symbolize Its Evolution. Using Google Classroom to Support PBL. Project & Problem based Learning. Six Steps for Planning a Successful Project. Project & Problem based Learning. What the Heck Is Project-Based Learning? EdWeb Wrap Up: The Epic Guide to Student Engagement - Learning Bird. 6 Strategies for Differentiated Instruction in Project-Based Learning.

PBL Resources. Online Learning. What the Heck Is Project-Based Learning? Trello. Project Based Learning: Explained. Project Based Learning: Explained. 8 Essential Elements of Project Based Learning. Project Based Learning / Project work.