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). They designed a project that capitalized on the wild popularity among their students of the best-selling novel The Hunger Games. Here is a breakdown of key steps, with some examples from Mobley and Chambers's project:
PBL Gallery Home | Getting Started | Modules | Resources | About Us View the work of teachers who developed and implemented PBL units/mini-units. Feel free to download and use the PBL as a template for your work with students. We appreciate your feedback. View additional middle school projects on the STEM-MI Champions Gallery page. The Power of Rubrics (II) - Stella C.S. Porto Presentation by Dr. Stella C.S. Porto Part II, Defining Rubrics and their Benefits Transcript of Video, with PPT images Graduate School Faculty Meeting February 28, 2004 University of Maryland University College Here is a definition of rubrics. First of all, rubrics are performance-based assessments that evaluate student performance. So, rubrics are used for a given task, it’s not about the students, but about that task. For rubrics you use specific criteria as a basis for evaluating students’ performance. In any rubric, what we do is describe several levels of proficiency. I have examples here [of a holistic and an analytical rubric — not my own]. (Click image for larger view of slide, then select your browser Back button to return to this page.) This is an example of holistic scoring guide — the topic here is mathematical equations. When you start having multiple things that you’re looking at in the same product, usually the analytical way will work best. (These are not mine...
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! And you are entitled to construct your own version, too, within some parameters. 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 Collaboration
Five Keys to Rigorous Project-Based Learning Voiceover: How will today’s children function in a dangerous world? What means will they use to carve the future? Will they be equipped to find the answers to tomorrow’s problems? Teacher: When you think about traditional learning you think of a student sitting in a classroom and being talked at. Teacher: Now I imagine a lot of you are still thinking... Teacher: They are supposed to be a sponge. Peggy Ertmer: So there are a lot of different ways to approach PBL, a lot of different ways to implement it, but really it all boils down to five essential keys: real-world connection, core to learning, structured collaboration, student driven, and multifaceted assessment. Student: One of the problems in the ocean is that with the higher amount of CO2 calcifying organisms are decreasing and we’re testing to see how well life in the ocean lives without calcifying organisms. Student: --four by eight feet. Peggy Ertmer: So the second commonality is the PBL unit provides academic rigor. Student: Yes.
Project-Based Learning and Common Core Standards The first question about Common Core State Standards, What will they look like?, has been answered. The answer is: Very different. The second, more challenging question is, How will we teach these new standards? States and professional development organizations recognize that the kind of transformative professional preparation necessary to meet the challenge of teaching the new standards is not yet in place. First, I refer to high-quality PBL, as outlined in a recent post. The Six Moving Parts There is an overriding reason that the Common Core State Standards will challenge our professional capability as educators: Teaching inquiry and skillful problem solving is not a simple change of strategy to, let's say, favoring one reading method over another. I call these shifts the six "moving parts" of PBL. Moving from instruction to inquiry.
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
The Differentiator Try Respondo! → ← Back to Byrdseed.com The Differentiator The Differentiator is based on Bloom's Taxonomy, Kaplan and Gould's Depth and Complexity, and David Chung's product menu. Try It In: French Dutch • Tweet It • Like Byrdseed • Pin It Students will judge the ethics of the [click to edit] using a textbook and create an essay in groups of three. Revised Bloom's Taxonomy adapted from "A Taxonomy for Learning,Teaching, and Assessing: A Revision of Bloom's Taxonomy of Educational Objectives" by Anderson and Krathwohl Depth and Complexity adapted from The Flip Book by Sandra N. Depth Big Idea Unanswered Questions Ethics Patterns Rules Language of the Discipline Essential Details Trends Complexity Multiple Points Of View Change Over Time Across the Disciplines Imperatives Origin Convergence Parallels Paradox Contribution Key Words Consequences Motivations Implications Significance Adapted from David Chung and The Flip Book, Too by Sandra N. Group Size One Two Three Four
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. It is project-based learning, and the answer is yes, and no. 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. While there are no official PBL statistics to track, the push toward project-based work in the last few years is obvious, most pronouncedly in the rash of schools built specifically around this model. Two other factors help Tech Valley’s mission.
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. 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. ¿Qué diferencias presenta con el método tradicional de aprendizaje? Es interesante observar en qué se diferencian estos dos métodos de aprendizaje para comprender realmente el alcance de sus ventajas. ¿Has aplicado en alguna ocasión el método del aprendizaje basado en problemas?