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The Power of Project Learning

The Power of Project Learning
By Wayne D'Orio Here’s a riddle: Imagine there is a learning technique proven effective through 100 years of use that is now enhanced by the power of today’s technology. Imagine it can excite learners to continue their work well past the parameters of the school day. What is it, and would every school in the country do it? It is project-based learning, and the answer is yes, and no. Project-based learning can be traced back to John Dewey and it has come and gone since the early 20th century. Why Project-Based Learning? While project-based learning can be decidedly low tech, the recent surge of interest has been driven by the increase in technology capabilities in public schools. “Friedman’s book had an incredible impact,” says John Mergendoller, executive director of the Buck Institute for Education in Novato, California, a nonprofit research organization promoting problem- and project-based learning. Two other factors help Tech Valley’s mission. What Makes a Great Project?

Resources for Project-Based Learning Last month we released Projects for all our education wikis. Our intention was to give you a better tool for group work, but, as many of you have pointed out, they’re also great for project-based learning. Project-based learning, or PBL, grew out of early 20th century education reform, like the works of John Dewey. It generally involves directed, open-ended questions, real-life problem solving, and presentation to an authentic audience. And, of course, it’s a great way for students to build collaboration and 21st-century skills while mastering content.

Twenty Ideas for Engaging Projects The start of the school year offers an ideal time to introduce students to project-based learning. By starting with engaging projects, you'll grab their interest while establishing a solid foundation of important skills, such as knowing how to conduct research, engage experts, and collaborate with peers. In honor of Edutopia's 20th anniversary, here are 20 project ideas to get learning off to a good start. Teaching Creativity Through Projects Today I would like to focus my blog post on what I believe is the best what to teach 21st Century Skills and school technology to our students — projects. The school I taught at before coming to my current school was a PBL or Project-Based Learning school. This meant that most of the concepts and skills that were being taught to students were part of a larger projects — students love to learn this way. Although most schools really do work this way, this school had made it part of it’s formal identity. Just to be clear, my current school teaches a lot through projects as well.

Third Grade Health Adventure Have you ever heard the expression "You are what you eat!"? When people say that they don't mean that eating a hamburger will actually make you turn into a hamburger. They mean that your food choices affect your health and how well your body functions. If you make unhealthy food choices, your body will not be as healthy as it should be and it will not function as well as it could. If you make healthy food choices, your body will be healthy and will function well.

Using Project-Based Learning to Teach World Languages Editor's Note: Today's guest blogger is Don Doehla, French teacher and instructional coach at Vintage High School in Napa, California. Don recently stepped up to become the new facilitator of our World Languages group. He's got some great ideas for teaching world languages, including the use of project-based learning. What is TPACK? Abstract This paper describes a framework for teacher knowledge for technology integration called technological pedagogical content knowledge (originally TPCK, now known as TPACK, or technology, pedagogy, and content knowledge). This framework builds on Lee Shulman’s construct of pedagogical content knowledge (PCK) to include technology knowledge. The development of TPACK by teachers is critical to effective teaching with technology. The paper begins with a brief introduction to the complex, ill-structured nature of teaching.

NEPTUNE The NEPTUNE concept is based on the method of project-based-learning. Our philosophy is that learning should be an active, constructive and self-directing process. One of the major aims is that students learn to combine knowledge and skills and that they learn to work together with students from other nationalities and disciplines. To make this possible, NEPTUNE was founded in 1993.

Solving Wicked Problems 1. How can we design meaningful learning experiences that support studnet problem solving? Though we often emphasize the importance of problem centered learning environments, it is hard to find a comprehensive approach to designing such environments. Here is one rare case—Dr. High school project 1 Context (High school: 14 – 18 years old) This project, described by Proulx (2004), has been made in 1996 by a team of 4 students of a course named "Projects in Community organization, given by Norman Gilles This course is based on the realization of community projects by the students. An integrating topic is released and students, in teams of 4 or 5, must carry out a particular project in adequacy with the integrating topic. The project describes here was based around the integrating topic "Urgency of tenderness", topic of a play which proposes a reflexion on the common lived experiences, needs for attention and tenderness.

Common Core Georgia Performance Standards Georgia has joined 44 other states, the District of Columbia (D.C.), and 2 territories, along with the Department of Defense Education Activity, in formally adopting a set of core standards for kindergarten through high school in English language arts, mathematics, and grades 6-12 literacy in science, history/social studies, and technical subjects. The CCGPS provide a consistent framework to prepare students for success in college and/or the 21st century workplace. These standards represent a common sense next step from the Georgia Performance Standards (GPS). What do CCGPS mean for Georgia? The CCGPS for English Language Arts, mathematics, and literacy in science, history/social studies, and technical subjects will ensure that all Georgia students have an equal access and opportunity to master the skills and knowledge needed for success beyond high school. CCGPS Online Professional Development