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- Edutopia is a site containing outstanding educational content for teachers. It contains an area devoted to Project Based Learning. Edutopia defines PBL, "
as a dynamic approach to teaching in which students explore real-world problems and challenges, simultaneously developing cross-curriculum skills while working in small collaborative groups
." The site contains a brief article, along with videos entitled "
Projecty Based Learning Overview
An Introduction To Project Based Learning
. The Edutopia
main PBL web page
contains real life examples and this
containing article and blogs relating to PBL activities, lessons, practices, and research. Upon review you will note that Edutopia does live up to its statement "
What works in public Education".
Is a one stop solution for Project Based Learning! You'll find all the resources you need to design and manage high quality projects for middle and high school students. This site includes information on how to
Design your Project
. It allows teachers to plan
rigorous and relevant standards-focused projects that engage students in authentic learning activities, teach 21st century skills, and demand demonstration of mastery. It also provides a search for projects
developed by others (small collection) or
the ability to
contribute projects to the
PBL-Online Collaboratory and Project Library
. Teachers can
Learn what defines Project Based Learning
and the PBL-Online approach to successful project design. There is also an area to
find web resources
about effective Project Based Learning. There is also an area to purchase the
BIE //Project Based Learning Handbook//
which is the foundation for the PBL-Online website. A nice
collection of videos
is also available on the site. The PBL-Online is maintained by t
Buck Institute for Education
(BIE) which is a non-profit, research and development organization dedicated to improving the practice of teaching and the process of learning.
BIE Institite For PBL
- This author of the above On-line Resource Site is a must visit for anyone serious about PBL. There is some good information on the
that they offer. Explore the
BIE Project Based learning Handbook
, order a copy, or just explore the links on the page. Be sure to check out the
downlodable documents and forms
found in the book. There is also a
web resources page
that will supply abundant information on an
Introduction to PBL
Designing and Planning Projects
PBL and School Reform,
What do PBL Teachers Say?.
This is truely a great site to become more informed on Project Based Learning.
PBL: Exemplary Projects
- A wonderful site for those wanting practical ideas to infuse PBL into the curriculum. This is the creation of
a group of experienced teachers, educators, and researchers whom you may contact as resources. This team includes people who are also actively doing and creating new exemplary PBL projects, pre-service and continuing teacher professional development, and integration of technology into the curriculum. This site has a great listing of
national technology and content standards
to review. There is also a large selection of
to look over as you investigate assessment. For those interested in research be sure to check out the
for reflective thought and planning. While on the site be sure to take a look at the
along with the other
- This site has a contains some useful information on supplying sound reasoning for PBL in school. Especially interesting are articles on
Using Multiple Intellegences
. One very useful resource in this site is the PBL Project Check List Section. Writers of this site maintain that these check lists will help teachers start using PBL, by creating on-line downloadable age-appropriate, customizable
for written reports, multimedia projects, oral presentations, and science projects. The use of checklists assists in keeping students on track and allows them to take responsibility for their own learning through peer- and self-evaluation. Be sure to check the main
4Teachers Web Site
for all of their great sets of tools including other resources that can support PBL. This site is published by
which also has a host of resources.
Houghton Mifflin Project Based Learning Space
- This site from publisher Houghton Mifflin Contains contains some good resources for investigating PBL and was developed by the Wisconson Center For Education Research. Included is a page on
Background Knowledge an Theory
. There is also a link to a small
number of comprehensive projects
. Last for those attempting research there is a large numbers of
related to project based learning.
Intel® Teach Elements: Project-Based Approaches
- If you are looking for free, just-in-time professional development that you can experience now, anytime, or anywhere, this may be your answer. Intel promises that this new series will provide high interest, visually compelling short courses that facilitate deep exploration of 21st century learning concepts using and PBL. The program consists of animated tutorials and audio dialogs to explain concepts, Interactive knowledge checking exercises , offline activities to apply concepts. You can take the
PBL course online
, or order the Intel
, Take a moment and read more about
. Intel provides an awesome
data base of stories
that relate to project ideas. Anyone interested in project based learning must explore the Intel site, one of the most up-to-date resources for PBL on the internet.
New Tech Network
- I have personally visited the New Tech Schhols in both Napa and Sacramento California. I was impresssed with more then the technology. A positive and effective culture for learning is what New Tech does best and it is based around PBL. Take a look at the news releases on the New Tech site. Some that caaught my interest were
Wall-to-Wall Project-Based Learning: A Conversation with Biology TeacherKelley Yonce »
from Learn NC,
The Power of Project Learning »
from Scholastic, and
Students as Smart Mobs
It's All about me
both from Phi Delta Kappa. Last check out the New Tech video entitled
Learning Through Projects
for a good informative look at PBL.
High Tech High School
- These high schools also operate using a project based learning model centered around 21st century skills. I have included projects they came up with from a $250,000 California grant to institue PBL in non-charter public schools. You will find a
description of the project
along with the seven major projects and various others. The included
PBL assessment page
is also very interesting along with how
PBl supports literacy
in the High Tech Model.
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