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?

Defining Project Based 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.


Defining Problem Based Learning


Problem Based Learning Video
YouTube movie that defines what problem based learning is an outlines the steps in problem based learning

Problem Based Learning

Article that gives the definition and history of problem based learning

Problem-based Strategies

Study Guides and Strategies--Cooperative Learning Series article on problem based learning

Elements of Project Based Learning

The 6 A’s of Project Based Learning

Adria Steinberg’s, (Real Learning, Real Work) chart defining each of the 6 A’s of project based learning

Essential Elements of Project Based Learning (Buck Institute)

Home page for the Buck Institute for Educations project based learning site.  This site has information on what project based learning is, why teachers would want to use project based learning,  and how to create good projects.

Project-based learning

Buck Institute for Education’s online guide to the development of engaging, standards-focused projects


Steps in Problem Based Learning

Problem Based Learning Video
YouTube movie that defines what problem based learning is an outlines the steps in problem based learning

New Tech Network Problem Based Planning Form

This planning form will help teachers craft good problem based lessons that meet all the criteria for well designed problems.

Problem-based Strategies

Study Guides and Strategies--Cooperative Learning Series article on problem based learning


Project Based Learning vs. Problem Based Learning

Problem, Project and Inquiry Based Learning

Teacher Tap’s information on how to choose the best approach for my technology-rich classroom



Training Resources

The Buck Institute’’s Designing Your Project

Online will guide you through the development of engaging, standards-focused projects.


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.


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.”

Assessment and Evaluation of Projct Based and Problem Based Learning

Why is Project Based Learning Important?

Article on the importance of PBL by Nguyen Ngoc Vu from the Resource Center for English Teaching and Learning.


Libraries of Projects


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.

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.

Web Exhibits
This is an online virtual museum with interesting exhibits that could be use for student research, or as motivation for Web-based student projects.

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.

NC Learn

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.

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’."

“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


Projects--Collaborative-- Project Based Learning


" Use these resources for your project based learning and collaborative based teaching. While you are using PBL in the classroom, search here for data sources, biography and inventor topics, subject area topics for development like math, science, and weather, and projects on countries and continents. There are projects for elementary levels as well as project ideas for middle and high school. Also listed are problem based learning topics. Please explore them all! You will find great ideas for PBL learning."


Online Tools for PBL

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.

My eCoach
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,


Resources for Writing Essential or Driving Questions

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."

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



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


Other Resources


"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.

Discovery Channel
Links to videos and resources on a variety of topics.

Castle Learning
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.

Educators Reference Desk
Lesson plans for all content areas

Teachers First
"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."