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What Is PBL Really?

What Is PBL Really?
Do you want to engage your students in Project Based Learning (PBL)? Maybe you are asking yourself what is PBL really? Am I doing it right? Well, first of all, the most important thing to understand is that PBL is a construct made up by human beings and so there are lots of variations! My suggestion is to study many of the great resources that are available to you and then create your own working definition and effective PBL practice. Some Parameters to Consider I have created this diagram, enhanced by the critical eye of Brenda Sherry, which may be useful as you consider what is important to you and to your students. We like to think with the frame of continua rather than dichotomies simply because things are rarely on or off, black or white, ones or zeroes! You could likely add other dimensions to consider as you build your own understandings and beliefs! Trust Who is in control? Questioning Who is asking the question to be investigated in the project? Collaboration Content Knowledge Purpose Related:  Aprendizaje Basado en Proyectos ABP-PBLPedagogyPBL

A Step-by-Step Guide to the Best Projects Manor New Technology High School in Manor, Texas, is a 100 percent project-based learning school. They are part of the New Tech Network of schools and their approach has yielded remarkable results, including a 98 percent graduation rate, with all of their graduates accepted to college. The success of their PBL approach is largely attributable to the fact that their process is designed to stimulate student inquiry. Additionally, their process can be applied to any project in any subject, which means there is a consistent approach across grades and subjects at Manor. We followed a sophomore world studies class through a three-week project called Controlling Factors, created by teaching partners Mary Mobley (English) and Michael Chambers (world history). Here is a breakdown of key steps, with some examples from Mobley and Chambers's project: What do you think about this Schools That Work story?

Restorative Classroom Circles - home Project Based Learning Resources (image from Project Based Learning (PBL) is a great way to teach students content, 21st century skills, and engage them in something fun and educational. I spoke more about PBL in an earlier blog ( and we had some great reader comments (Tech&Learning, May 2009, page 14). First of all, PBL can be used in any classroom, in any subject, at any grade level. PBL does take planning. For instance, I teach physics and developed a project for my classes on structures and stress and strain. Another example of PBL is having the students research a topic and present it to the rest of the class through a multimedia presentation, website, or poster. Start small. Another idea for projects is to look at your school or community and see what they need. An idea I got from my wife (a Biology Education student) is to have students create a lesson for other students about a topic. Some web resources to get you started:

An Updated Digital Differentiation Model Ten months ago I published a Digital Differentiation model on this blog. I've been using the model to guide the work I do each day and I've been sharing it via webinars and hands-on training sessions.Of course, ten months is a long time in the world of edtech, and I've added some new tools and resources to my personal teaching toolkit, so I decided it was time to update the model and tweak it just a bit. The original article and interactive graphic can still be found on this blog. Here is the new post: Technology is a tool that can be used to help teachers facilitate learning experiences that address the diverse learning needs of all students and help them develop 21st Century Skills, an idea supported by the Common Core. At it's most basic level, digital tools can be used to help students find, understand and use information. 3 Components: Essential Questions Student-driven learning experiences should be driven by standards-based Essential Questions. Flexible Learning Paths

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Express 10.04 - Field Notes: PBL as Organized Chaos Field Notes PBL as Organized Chaos Brian DeRose Walk into my high school classroom on any given day, and it will most likely look like chaos. Students are in loose groups—some on their mobile devices, some on desktop computers, and the rest chatting with one another. Snack wrappers and half-full coffee cups pepper the desktops. Real-World Projects The students are working on a three-week print-advertising project using industry-standard software and competing with one another for scholarship money (which the sponsoring company will award). My main goal as an educator, especially in CTAE, is to know that my students can use what they are learning and apply it to a project, particularly one that is relevant to their lives. Career-Building Skills A recent study by the Conference Board, Corporate Voices for Working Families, the Partnership for 21st Century Skills, and the Society for Human Resource Management looked at the readiness of new entrants to the workforce. Time-Saving Technology

Aprendizaje basado en problemas: otra manera de descubrir el mundo ¿Qué es el aprendizaje basado en problemas? El aprendizaje basado en problemas es un método que se basa en que el alumno aprenda a resolver los problemas que se le plantean de acuerdo con los recursos adquiridos. Uno de los principios básicos de este método es que los alumnos refuezan los conocimientos aprendidos a partir del desarrollo de su propio razonamiento crítico. La ya habitual pregunta ‘¿para qué nos va a servir aprender esto?’ encuentra en esta metodología una eficaz respuesta: resolver problemas utilizando la materia estudiada permite dar sentido a esos conocimientos que aún están por adquirir, junto con los anteriores. Se tiende a pensar que se trata de un sistema únicamente aplicable a la asignatura de Matemáticas, pero nada más lejos de la realidad. ¿En qué consiste el aprendizaje basado en problemas? El objetivo del aprendizaje basado en problemas (PBL) es que el alumno descubra qué necesita aprender para resolver un determinado problema que se propone.

10 Teaching Practices Every 21st Century Teacher should Do Teaching is not only a job but is a way of life.It is a sublime task one can ever be entrusted with. Teachers educate generations of learners and in their hands lays the faith of any nation. A well developed country is a country whose citizens are well educated and this is done only by effective teaching strategies. Teachers have also their peaks and valleys, happy moments and sad times. Leading a successful teaching job requires a high sense of adaptability, for what used to be a successful teacher in the 20th century is now an outdated teacher in the 21st century. One of the pivotal facts we should keep in mind is that we teach in a different milieu, a digitally focused environment where technology has the lion's share. Are digital skills the only key elements needed for us to be labelled effective teachers ? 1- Maintain good communication skills 2- Getting students engagement There is nothing as challenging as getting students engagement and holding their attention. 3- Use Humour

The Innovators: Project Based Learning and the 21st Century DVD Friday, December 19, 2014 This offer applies to print books and DVDs only. The products must total at least $75.00 (pre-tax) and be purchased online in the ASCD Store. The products must ship via standard UPS Ground rates in the continental United States. This offer applies to inventory and electronic products (books, e-books, periodicals, DVDs) only. The products must total at least $50.00 (pre-tax) and be purchased online in the ASCD Store. Why We Changed Our Model of the “8 Essential Elements of PBL” Back in the day – September 2010 to be exact, but it feels like long ago - the Buck Institute for Education (BIE) published an article entitled “7 Essentials for Project-Based Learning” in ASCD’s Educational Leadership magazine. Soon thereafter we added an eighth element, “Significant Content,” to counter stereotypes that PBL was not an effective method for teaching standards-based knowledge, understanding, and skills – and to remind teachers to design projects with a clear focus on content standards. These “8 Essential Elements of PBL” became the framework for our publications and “PBL 101” workshop, which had now been experienced by over 50,000 teachers. That article, and the hexagonal graphic below, has been widely circulated and cited over the past few years. Old Model for PBL In 2014, however, we decided a revision was needed, and developed a more comprehensive, research-based model that we call “Gold Standard PBL.” New Model for Gold Standard PBL What’s gone and what replaces it

Learning Circles Teacher Guide The Learning Circle Teacher Guide provides a structural approach to promoting cross-classroom collaboration with telecommunications. The first chapter is a condensed version of the whole guide. If you want to understand this model of online teaching and learning, this first chapter is a good place to begin. Learning Circle Introduction The Learning Circle Teacher's Guide is organized around the six phases of Circle interaction: The description of each Learning Circle phase has a similar structure. The narrative of Learning Circles interaction can be read--from beginning to end--by following the links at the book of the each narrative. Learning Circle Phase Structure In describing Learning Circles interaction, there are frequent links to different Learning Circles themes. Learning Circle Themes Computer Chronicles Places and Perspectives Society's Problems Mind Works Energy and the Environment Global Issues To Begin at the beginning