Leading education organizations, particularly those focused on project-based learning, organize their work as a series of projects. "That's our default thinking," said Lydia Dobyns, New Tech Network. She added that projects are the way they work with schools and drive collective learning and collaboration. (See more on the NTN Learning Organization framework).
In PBL, learning is contextual, creative, and shared. Students collaborate on meaningful projects that require critical thinking, creativity, and communication in order for them to answer challenging questions or solve complex problems. By making learning relevant to them in this way, students see a purpose for mastering state-required skills and content concepts. Students aren't just assessed on their understanding of academic content, but on their ability to successfully apply that content when solving authentic problems. Through this process, project based learning gives students the opportunity to develop the real life skills required for success in today's world.
- Buck Institute has blogs, books, videos, classes, and guides.
- New Tech Network is a national school development network focused on project-based learning; they support district wide initiatives and development of new PBL schools.
- Transforming Schools Through Project-Based Learning, Performance Assessment, and Common Core Standards is a book from the Envision Education team (see review).
- Project Foundry is an inexpensive web app that supports project-based learning.
- ThinkForward Institute , based at Manor New Tech (featured here and profiled here) offers PBL conferences.
- Project-Based Learning at Katherine Smith Elementary
- 3 Tips to Support Project-based Learning for Low-Income Students
- Project-Based Learning and the Middle School Mind
- 10 Powerful Project-Based Learning Engagement Strategies
- 5 Projects for Your Project-Based Learning Classroom This Year
- Must-know Buck Institute Project-Based Learning Resources
- Deeper Project Based Learning
- Project-Based Learning Made Easy
- Project Based Learning in the Geometry Classroom
- 4 High Schools That Use Projects to Promote Deeper Learning
- Diving Into Project-Based Learning? Heed these 7 Warnings
- Expeditionary Assessment: PBL Lessons from Ron Berger
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