PBL for 1:1 Administrative Teams
What is your role as an instructional leader in changing and suporting a pedagogical shift to project and problem based learning using 1:1 technologies?

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As a member of your district’s 1:1 team you are the instructional leaders who are both driving and supporting educational change.  The goal of this webquest is to have you do a mini project designed to help you answer this question: What is your role as an instructional leader in changing and suporting a pedagogical shift to project and problem based learning using 1:1 technologies?


Putting 1:1 technologies into the hands of students involves a pedagogical paridigm shift in the way we think about curriculum and instruction.   It is still important students meet or exceed standards; however, it is also important that students develop good habits of mind, higher order critical thinking skills and 21st Century skills.


You will have 20 minutes to research and analyze the roles of project based and problem based instruction in a 1:1 classroom. You will work in job alike teams.  Begin by finding out what your team already knows about project and problem based learning and about the task you are about to undertake.  Make a list of what you need to know and determine who will research which of the 6 topics under "Process". Divide these topics equally among your team members so each of you will become the team "expert" on one or two of the topics.  As you complete the research on your topic(s) you will fill out the Google form at the bottom of this (and the Process page).   so that everyone one can share what you have learned.  Your team will also have 3 minutes to orally present how you can encourage, train and support your teachers to use project and problem based instructional approaches in their 1:1 classrooms.


Requires skillful school and district leaders who guide continuous instructional improvement. (Leadership)
Process Standards
Prepares educators to apply research to decision making. (Research-Based)
Uses learning strategies appropriate to the intended goal. (Design)
Applies knowledge about human learning and change. (Learning)
Provides educators with the knowledge and skills to collaborate. (Collaboration)

Engauge 21st Century Skills
Inventive Thinking
Adaptability, Managing Complexity, and Self-Direction
Curiosity, Creativity, and Risk Taking
Higher-Order Thinking and Sound Reasoning
Effective Communication
Teaming, Collaboration, and Interpersonal Skills
High Productivity
Effective Use of Real-World Tools

NETS-A (National Educational Technology Standards for Administrators)
1 Visionary Leadership
1.a. inspire and facilitate among all stakeholders a shared vision of purposeful change that maximizes use of digital-age resources to meet and exceed learning goals, support effective instructional practice, and maximize performance of district and school leaders.
1.b. engage in an ongoing process to develop, implement, and communicate technology-infused strategic plans aligned with a shared vision.
2 Digital Age Learning Culture
2.a. ensure instructional innovation focused on continuous improvement of digital-age learning.
2.b. model and promote the frequent and effective use of technology for learning.
2.c. provide learner-centered environments equipped with technology and learning resources to meet the individual, diverse needs of all learners.
2.d. ensure effective practice in the study of technology and its infusion across the curriculum.
3 Excellence in Professional Practice
3.b. facilitate and participate in learning communities that stimulate, nurture and support administrators, faculty, and staff in the study and use of technology.
3.c. promote and model effective communication and collaboration among stakeholders using digital-age tools.
3.d. stay abreast of educational research and emerging trends regarding effective use of technology and encourage evaluation of new technologies for their potential to improve student learning.
4 Systemic Improvement
4.a. lead purposeful change to maximize the achievement of learning goals through the appropriate use of technology and media-rich resources.