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Buck Institute PBL Tutorial
Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Tutorial based on excerpts from the BIE PBL Starter Kit and highlights from the BIE PBL 101 Workshop. This tutorial will help you share resources with your colleagues, provide professional development and technical assistance opportunities, and offer tools for improving your practice.
Why is Project Based Learning Important?
Article on the imortance of PBL by Nguyen Ngoc Vu from the Resource Center for English Teaching and Learning.
Project Based Learning Wiki
Definition, guiding documents (planning forms and charts), suggested reading links, project examples, ways to document and share projects, links to project sites
Free Technology for Teachers: PBL Explained
YouTube movie (BIE) that explains what project based learning is. It’s a good introductory video.
The Thinkquest Library contains over 7,000 websites created by students around the world who have participated in a ThinkQuest Competition. You might also consider having your students enter the Thinkquest competition.
Global Wiki Project--WiTTIE
"At WiTTIE, our primary goal is to make wikis work for all sorts of educators. We’ve seen the power wikis can have to change the dynamics of a learning environment and result in powerful student learning; however, lots of the things about wikis we’ve worked with in the past don’t mesh well with educators’ specific needs. Because of this fact, only a small number of educators are incorporating wikis into their instruction. "
Site requires you to set up an account. It’s free, quick and easy.
Primarily, the PBL Co-Laboratory was created for the purpose of allowing PBL members (users who have created an account on the PBL website) to collaborate on project-based learning activities. For example, when users submit original projects to the PBL Co-Laboratory, they will be automatically assigned as the author of that project. This will allow that user to control and maintain the overall structure and content of a project. Additionally, PBL authors can give other users permission rights to participate in that project.
The PBL Co-Laboratory was also designed as a collaborative project development tool. This means that the PBL Co-Laboratory will allow multiple users to work together in creating project-based learning activities. While the main section of the PBL website (https://www.pbl-online.org/) contains the information about project-based learning, here we will focus on how to use the PBL Co-Laboratory as a tool for collaboration and development.
This site has a variety of PBL resource web links (Including NTF). There are links to research, books, project libraries, video, online courses, assessment, school culture, etc.
Bernie Dodge’s (San Diego State) WebQuest site has a searchable library of WebQuest projects in a variety of content areas and grade levels. It also has information on how to set up a WebQuest. The process looks very much like our Project Briefcase. There is also an only WebQuest creator tool and research on inquiry-based instruction.
Project Exchange (Envision Schools)
This is a place for teachers to share project-based high school curriculum. Projects are listed by curricular area.
Edutopia--Core Concept: Project Learning
Project examples and information about project based learning
PBL Net Exemplary Projects
This site is a little old. It was created by West Ed several years ago. Some of the links to the actual projects sites may no longer exist, but there are good project summaries for all projects chosen for this site. There are also links to PBL and assessment resources, research and Web sites. Again, some of the links no longer exist since this in an archived site, but there are also some great resources.
This is an online virtual museum with interesting exhibits that could be use for student research, or as motivation for Web-based student projects.
How to Create Driving Questions for Projects
Video on how to create a tubric: "The TUBRICTM is not only a great hands-on activity to do with teachers during professional development, but it’s also a great collaborative tool to help your students create their very own Driving Questions for their projects."
SRI’s online community for educators. You can log in as a guest, or become a member. There are online support people available to help guide you through the site. It features daily online ‘After School Online “discussions (chats) on a variety of topics and content areas. (See the calendar), share, and support one another. Each of the virtual rooms hold a wide variety of educational resources.
“The online workplace of an international community of education professionals. K-12 teachers, librarians, administrators, and professional development staff, as well as university faculty, students, and researchers gather here to learn, collaborate”
AT&T’s Blue Web’N
Blue Web’n is an online library of 2182 outstanding Internet sites categorized by subject, grade level, and format (tools, references, lessons, hotlists, resources, tutorials, activities, projects). You can also do a quick search using the search box below. You can search by grade level (Refined Search), broad subject area (Content Areas), or specific sub-categories (Subject Area).
SCORE (Schools of California Online Resources for Educators)
These resources in the 4 core content areas were designed for CA Standards, but there are great resources classes throughout the nation. There are project ideas/plans for each of the 4 core content areas that are directly tied to CA Content Standards.
Questioning Tool Kit
Jamie McKenzie’s (From Now On) Questioning Tool Kit is a great resources for helping with driving questions, Socratic questioning, or helping students come up with good essential questions for their project research.
“Global network that enables teachers and youth to use the Internet and other technologies to collaborate on projects that enhance learning and make a difference in the world.” There is a fee to join iEarn.
Apple Learning Exchange
Library of student projects in all content areas
How to Create an Inquiry Based Project
“Inquiry-based learning is not a new technique—in fact, it goes back to education philosopher John Dewey—but it does stand in contrast to the more structured, curriculum-centered framework of today’s schools.
Asking questions is at the heart of inquiry-based learning. The goal is not to ask just any questions, of course, but ones that kids honestly care about. Your role is to guide the kids in finding the answers themselves and encourage them to ask new questions along the way.”
"Interactives" provides educators and students with strategies, content, and activities that can enhance and improve students’ skills in a variety of curricular areas.” The site contains interactive information for science, math, literature, language, history and the arts.
UNC Chapel Hill’s site with lesson plans, PBL resources, best practices and learning materials
Learning to Give
A searchable database of over 1300 projects and lessons to teach civic responsibility and philanthropy for all grades/content areas.
Links to videos and resources on a variety of topics.
This is an online learning community that allows educators to develop websites, surveys, quizzes, calendars, and blogs, cite sources, upload podcasts, embed Web 2.0 tools and review projects and resources that are aligned standards,
Castle Learning is a subscription-based web site for students and teachers, that provides content assessments for Math, Science, Social Studies, English and Foreign Languages.
Flat Classroom Project
"The Flat Classroom Project is a global, collaborative project using Web 2.0 tools to foster communication, collaboration and creation. For inspiration and content material it draws on the work of Thomas Friedman and ’The World is Flat’."
Educators Reference Desk
Lesson plans for all content areas
"TeachersFirst is a rich collection of lessons, units, and web resources designed to save teachers time by delivering just what they need in a practical, user-friendly, and ad-free format. We offer our own professional and classroom-ready content along with thousands of reviewed web resources, including practical ideas for classroom use and safe classroom use of Web 2.0. Busy teachers, parents, and students can find resources using our subject/grade level search, keyword search, or extensive menus."
Bloom’s Taxonomy Wheel for Writing Learning Outcomes
Images of Bloom’s Taxonomy Wheels and links to resources that will help with the writing of higher order thinking learning outcomes and planning project products