The secret to project-based learning is action! Remember that not having all the answers is part of the process and asking for help from others is exactly what we would want our students to do. Look for online resources and blogs that serve as resources as you get started with ideas and you begin to incorporate PBL into your classroom. It is so important to have your own community of practice that we recommend you find a thought partner or partners to share and reflect on the work you are doing. In time, you, too, will grow as you add to your direct experiences in the classroom, read additional books on PBL, and participate in the expansion of your own personal learning PBL network. To get you started, here are 11 project-based learning resources we recommend you review:
This year-long video series focuses on one of America’s most successful public schools. Take a look at the behind the scenes work that goes into creating an authentic PBL experience for students. We particularly like Chapter 8: The World of Work.
Dayna’s first book provides a rich overview of how to implement PBL from an authentic, rather than a simulated perspective. All grade levels and content areas are included as examples with direct connections to the standards listed.
This is the first in our four-book series that will extend into higher education. In it, we outline the Five Stages to Developing a Solution to support our students as they engage in authentic challenges. Detailed examples of scaffolding, formative assessments, daily routines, and schedules, as well as a plethora of specific project examples, are integrated throughout the book.
Funded by the George Lucas Foundation, Edutopia shares videos, blogs, and tips for K12 teachers on how to improve PBL practices and similar pedagogies that support the implementation of PBL.
It’s a Project-Based World is a series of blog posts is dedicated to the exploration of how PBL, through the lens of equity, can make students college, career, and citizenship ready. Podcast interviews and infographics are interwoven throughout the series.
Review the Framework for 21st Century Learning to help your students better learn how to communicate, collaborate, think critically, and create. These four essential skills are foundational for PBL implementation.
This consulting group matches your teachers’ curriculum with business partners to develop authentic PBL experiences and can help to develop the projects you wish to implement.
This e-commerce platform allows students to run a business right from the classroom. Real World Scholars provides teachers with a ready-made resource to build entrepreneurship into their existing curriculums.
John McCarthy explores a variety of tools to support your implementation of the PBL process. His references create an immediate plan for application as you design lessons to support each student as they work toward solving the challenges with which they have been tasked.
Explore the foundations of PBL with Dayna. Tips for how to write the project challenge, find the right audience, scaffold, assess, and more are included in this video series.
If you aren’t already a member of Twitter, it is never too late to join. The conversations are rich and rewarding as you build your network of PBL enthusiasts. Feel free to connect with us on Twitter:
Several chats that we enjoy occur on a weekly basis:
• #pblchat Tuesday 9:00 PM Eastern
• #dtk12chat Wednesday 9:00 PM Eastern
• #globaledchat Thursday 8:00 PM Eastern
These resources are additional entry points for your further exploration of project-based learning. We encourage you to go beyond those that we have listed. Just as your students will engage in the inquiry process as they immerse themselves in a project, you, too, will find each resource leads you to another. You will continue to develop new questions that you seek to answer during your personal PBL journey. We are confident that the outcome will be a rewarding one for you and your students.
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Jill Ackers is an Educational Consultant. Her experience includes curriculum design and development, STEM, Technology & Network Director, International Baccalaureate Coordinator, Global Education Trainer, and School Leader. She is a senior learning designer for Fielding Nair International. She was a founding team member for a Masters in Transformational Leadership through PBL, a K-12 IB school, and started a Spanish Immersion and Dual Language Project Based Learning School in Dallas, Texas. Follow her on Twitter at @ibpbljill
Dayna Laur is an Educational Consultant specializing in authentic learning experiences, project-based learning, and technology integration. She has 20 years of classroom teaching experience, coupled with presenting nationally and internationally for workshops on Project Based Learning, Authentic Learning, and technology integration in the classroom. Follow her on Twitter at @daylynn