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Educational Leadership:Giving Students Meaningful Work:Seven Essentials for Project-Based Learning

Educational Leadership:Giving Students Meaningful Work:Seven Essentials for Project-Based Learning
September 2010 | Volume 68 | Number 1 Giving Students Meaningful Work Pages 34-37 John Larmer and John R. Mergendoller As Ms. McIntyre walked around her high school science classroom, she plopped a packet of papers on each student's desk and announced a "project." Each student would create a poster about a water-borne bacterium that can be harmful to humans, the bacterium's effects, and disease prevention and treatment. Sound familiar? What Every Good Project Needs A project is meaningful if it fulfills two criteria. As educators with the Buck Institute for Education, we provide professional development to help schools set up a sustained program of in-depth project-based learning throughout a district, network, or state. 1. Imagine that on the first day of the infectious disease unit, Ms. Teachers can powerfully activate students' need to know content by launching a project with an "entry event" that engages interest and initiates questioning. 2. 3. 4. 21st Century Skills Once Ms. 5. 6.

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Il Project Based Learning nella scuola: implicazioni, prospettive e criticità The PDF file you selected should load here if your Web browser has a PDF reader plug-in installed (for example, a recent version of Adobe Acrobat Reader). If you would like more information about how to print, save, and work with PDFs, Highwire Press provides a helpful Frequently Asked Questions about PDFs. Alternatively, you can download the PDF file directly to your computer, from where it can be opened using a PDF reader. To download the PDF, click the Download link above. Fullscreen Fullscreen Off Complete Guide to Project-Based Learning Modern science continues to develop in such a way that the older generation is constantly trying to catch up with the younger generation’s adaptation to new developments and technologies. It is only logical that we should utilize our students’ familiarity with technology from a young age to maximize their engagement and learning by integrating it into our curriculum. Project-Based Learning grabs hold of this idea and fosters deep learning and autonomy by using technology to help students engage in issues and questions relevant to their lives.

Edmodo: The Classroom Hub for Project-Based Learning Edmodo is becoming an indispensable tool in many classrooms engaged in project based learning, to help with project management and assessment. There are some great tools in Edmodo. Management Tools We can create small groups within a larger group – so each team could have their own group. Building a PBL Culture in the Classroom During a project, what does a classroom look, sound, and feel like? I asked this question of three of BIE’s National Faculty members to begin a Google Hangout last week. Here’s what Feroze Munshi, Jeanine Leys, and Krystal Diaz came up with: • student-centered • sense of student ownership • students doing research online • students asking questions • students in different parts of the room working in teams or on their own • engagement is obvious • academic conversations • trust, respect, and responsibility • organized chaos (with structure and purpose) One of the Project Based Teaching Practices in Gold Standard PBL is “Build the Culture.” BIE has described a healthy PBL classroom culture using terms such as independence, inquiry, attention to quality, growth mindset and team spirit.

Teach21 Project Based Learning This PBL should be considered as having two different parts. First, the students must gather the information needed to complete the problem. Second, the students must compile their data to create an original script based on a set of criteria. Breaking down this long-term project seems to make it more manageable for the teacher.

Envision Schools Project Exchange In this project, students generated their own questions about the history of South Africa. These questions guided the activities and smaller projects leading up to the culminating exhibition, where students researched and presented their answer to their question in a powerpoint presentation. This project is interdisciplinary.

The Design Thinking School \ What we do Design Thinking can be a powerful vehicle for deeper learning of content, more divergent thinking and building the thinking skills capacity of learners. Key to the process's success in learning, is that it provides the platform for learners to become problem finders. At a time when design thinking tends to come across as "shop" class and post-it notes, NoTosh have spent four years developing medium- and long-term professional development programmes with schools around the world, which marry design and education research with classroom practices that work in any part of curriculum.

Feedback, feed-forward, peer-assessment and project-based learning Last year when I began my Masters of Ed, my lecturer told me that I should read about ‘feedback’. She encouraged me to look at the work of Black and Wiliam (Inside the Black Box being their most well known and eloquent paper on feedback and assessment), Hattie (his book Visible Learning on the effect sizes of a variety of teaching methods revealed ‘feedback’ has the most significant impact on learning) and Petty (who used the research of Hattie and made it practical for the classroom in his book ‘Evidence Based Teaching’). I think I’ll always be grateful for her suggestions as they opened a world of ideas for me regarding assessment, feedback and project-based learning. One of the biggest criticisms of project-based learning is that it is a constructivist pedagogy and constructivism has been shown to have some flaws.

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This article does well in defining the importance of students having an attachment to their work. These seven steps outline a real-life example of the practices that make project-based learning successful. by markalex Apr 18

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