Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Project-based Learning Approaches with Technology

Intel® Teach Elements: Project-Based Approaches

Using specific classroom scenarios, teachers explore characteristics and benefits of Project-Based Learning (PBL). Throughout the course, teachers consider their own teaching practice as they follow a teacher new to project-based learning who discusses strategies with a mentor teacher. Planning and project design modules guide teachers through organizing the curriculum, the classroom, and students for successful 21st century projects. The assessment module demonstrates strategies for assessing students’ 21st century skills throughout an open-ended project. The course offers opportunities to apply the PBL concepts with action planning exercises. (Design)

Intel Education: Designing Effective Projects

Includes models of meaningful classroom projects, along with tools and strategies for developing your own exemplary technology-supported units. Topics include project design, thinking skills, a unit plan index, and instructional strategies. (Examples and Tools)

Intel Teach: Assessing Projects

When assessment drives instruction, students learn more and become more confident, self-directed learners.Assessing Projects helps teachers create assessments that address 21st century skills and provides strategies to make assessment an integral part of their teaching and help students understand content more deeply, think at higher levels, and become self-directed learners. (Examples and Tools)

Buck Institute: PBL-Online

All the resources you need to design and manage high quality projects for students. Learn how to Design your Project. Plan rigorous and relevant standards-focused projects that engage students in authentic learning activities, teach 21st century skills, and demand demonstration of mastery. PBL-Online will guide you through the development of engaging, standards-focused projects. When you are ready, you can download a Project Planning Form to write down your project plan.

Project planning is organized according to five design principles. Each design principle is supported by a set of resources and advice from expert PBL teachers. (Design, Examples, and Tools)

Edutopia: Project-Based Learning

Project learning is a dynamic approach to teaching in which students explore real-world problems and challenges. With this type of active and engaged learning, students are inspired to obtain a deeper knowledge of the subjects they're studying.

The site includes current articles and videos to support a project-based classroom. Edutopia is one of the newest resources for examples of PBL in schools and a driving force for education reform. (Examples)

Recipes for Success Project Learn (must have an IDEAL account to access for free) The ProjectLearn process provides step-by-step assistance for designing effective classroom projects. Explore these strategies to help support the project work your students are completing. (Design)

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