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Project-Based Learning (PBL)


Project-Based Learning (PBL)

This group is for those who implement the project-based learning model or want to learn more about it.

Members: 290
Latest Activity: Jan 21

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AEA365 blog on districts measuring PBL impacts and giving feedback

Started by Jason Ravitz Dec 4, 2013. 0 Replies

Here is a link to my AEA365 blog showing one way for districts to measure PBL outcomes and give feedback to teachers. Thoughts?  …Continue

Tags: data, standards, feedback, assessment, PBL

Moving from Traditional Teaching to PBL

Started by Jill Galloway. Last reply by Courtney L Belolan Feb 8, 2012. 18 Replies

For traditional teachers, moving to a project-based learning model can be a challenge. Have any of you faced such challenges learning a new way of teaching? If so, do you have any advice for…Continue

New whitepaper - Integrated STEM through PBL

Started by Lori Callister Jul 21, 2011. 0 Replies

Diana Laboy-Rush,'s STEM program manager, has written a whitepaper that outlines how an integrated approach to STEM education that is focused on real-world, authentic problems, supports…Continue

Tags: NASA, STEM, Learning, Project-based

Looking for a cutting edge presenter of Project Based Learning

Started by Amanda Walma. Last reply by Lori Callister Jul 21, 2011. 10 Replies

We want to offer a workshop on Project Based Learning for our counties educators. We are looking for a presenter. Any suggestions?

Tags: pbl, presenter, learning, based, project

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Comment by Bill Burkhead on July 14, 2011 at 8:25pm
Just included PBL in my new post: Transforming our Educational System: The Silver Bullet. Your opinions would be valued on its merit.
Comment by Laura Wright on July 14, 2011 at 8:19pm

Best explanation of PBL out there. Don't you just love Common Craft?
Comment by Rossel Mulaire on April 6, 2011 at 11:44am

Good morning.....calling all teachers, students, colleagues, etc...

I sincerely apologize if any of you are receiving this message more than once. We are trying to reach as many teachers/students as possible around the world. It's possible that you're a member of more than one of the groups I have joined. My apologies!

My name is Rossel Mulaire. I am a Canadian teacher who has been living and working in Monterrey, Mexico since 2004. For the past two years, I have been teaching 8th and 9th grade Social Studies/World History. My other responsibilities include being our school's Model United Nation's advisor and Social Studies Department Head. I have taught many different grade levels (first through tenth grades), in Canada, South Korea, and Mexico.

I recently started a little project on Twitter with my 8th and 9th graders, tweeting daily about historical facts and events, sort of like a "this day in history". We are wondering if you'd be able to give out our twitter address to students and teachers. Not only wherever you find yourselves now, but anywhere else you may have contacts. We see this as a great way to teach and appreciate history, bit by bit, one small step at a time. We are trying to use technology to reach more students, and to open dialogue with students and teachers around the world.

If you are in a position to help us, please do so by JOINING US ON TWITTER and by sending our twitter address to students and colleagues, past and present. Ask them to follow our many daily tweets. At the moment, we are tweeting about historical events and facts from around the world. We'd love to see students commenting on our tweets, and also, by adding to our project by posting historical content from their respected countries.

We are hoping to hear from teachers and students from all  parts of the world! The students are keeping a record of the various countries following us! Please help out by following us. The more people (students, teachers, family members, etc) we have following us, the more excited the students get. This excitement then becomes a motivator to continue! Help us make learning about history a little more interesting!

Our  twitter address is:

Please feel free to contact me anytime. I'd be happy to answer any questions or doubt you may have.

Rossel Mulaire

Colegio Euroamericano,

8th and 9th grade Social Studies teacher

Social Studies Department Head and Model United Nations Advisor

Comment by Bill Burkhead on March 13, 2011 at 5:21pm

excellent post on this topic  "Criteria for Effective Assessment in Project-Based Learning

Criteria for Effective Assessment in Project-Based Learning



Comment by Alicia Lopez on August 23, 2010 at 12:16am
Check out the outstanding PBL prezi by Kim Trefz. She captures the essence of this pedagogy.
Comment by Jason Ravitz on August 9, 2010 at 12:03am
Alicia, et al., we provide some examples of "what PBL looks like"on the BIE home page.

The Powerful Learning work is excellent. If people have not seen it, here are links to related online materials from Edutopia.

Imho, the different names have more in common than not and the kind of support required by teachers is almost the same regardless. Yes, practices vary in important ways. But that is true even among teachers who are nominally using the same approach. It is the definition, not the term that matters! Choosing a name is less important than finding an approach (or a set of approaches) that works for your situation.
Comment by Alicia Lopez on July 8, 2010 at 10:40pm
Our district-wide study team is reading Powerful Learning: What we Know About Teaching for Understanding by Linda Darling-Hammond and other authors (Barron, Pearson,Schoenfeld, Stage, Zimmerman, Cervetti, Tilson). This resource is helping us put together a framework that can be applied and communicated to all staff. We're trying to sort through the following questions:
What does inquiry-based learning, problem-based learning, project based learning and design based learning look like in the classroom? When do we use these approaches in the classroom? How do they differ? How are they similar? Linda Darling Hammond states, "The family of approaches that can be described as inquiry-based includes project-based learning, design-based learning, and problem-based learning." This resource book helps to clarify these approaches in the context of inquiry-based learning & 21st century skills.
K-12 Study Team will develop and modify units, share student work and continue to generate questions that will help us make sense of all these approaches.
Once the team feels comfortable with the process, we'll offer in-house professional development sessions led by teachers. Our goal is to develop common understanding of inquiry-based learning throughout the district - What does it look like? What doesn't it look like?
Comment by Shannon Hill on June 25, 2010 at 6:24pm
Does anyone here integrate Project based learning into their elementary class, and what does it look like (scheduling, etc)? I would love to chat with someone.
Comment by Eva Büyüksimkeşyan on June 9, 2010 at 11:03am
Can you suggest where I can start reading about PBL? We had a series of seminars and workshops at school and we really got lost. If I can find something to begin with, that will be great for the next year.
Comment by Suzanne Bartel on May 28, 2010 at 1:08am
Thank you all! I really appreciate some of the links. Peace Corps seems to have so many great/applicable project options. David R Wetzel, I appreciated your blog about the 6 easy steps to creating a project in your class.

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