Introducing Project Based Learning


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Introducing Project Based Learning

  1. 1. THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS 15-16 | MARCH | 2013 This change is neither minor nor optionalPLANNING A PBL UNIT Christine Wells
  2. 2. What is PBL?
  3. 3. Edutopia
  4. 4. 8 Essential Ingredients
  5. 5. PBL is…1. Intended to teach significant content e.g. content standards and key concepts2. Requires critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration and various forms of communication – 21st Century skills3. Requires inquiry as part of the learning process and creating something new4. Is organised around an open-ended Driving Question which focuses learning5. Creates a need to know essential content and skills6. Allows some degree of student voice and choice7. Includes processes for revision and reflection8. Involves a public audience
  6. 6. Project-Based Learning...Where do I start?Questions to consider:1.Identify the important skills that are fundamental to the topic you are teaching.2.Explain how the topic is relevant to real life.3.Identify the interdisciplinary connections. What other subjects might beintegrated?4.Consider how you might go beyond rote learning to analysis, evaluation andcreation.5.Identify the authentic ways that students can use technology tools to engagein this project. Is there an opportunity for collaboration, digital tools, andinformation literacy?6.Identify the aspects of the topic that will be of most interest to your students.Is there something that would captivate them as you launch the project7.Explain how you will build reflection in to the project.Adapted from Reinventing Project-Based Learning: Your Field Guide to Real-World Projects in the Digital Age by Suzie Boss and Jane Krauss(ISTE, 2007)
  7. 7. PBL PLANNINGProject Name: Surviving PrejudiceSubject: Year 9 EnglishDriving Question: What values and attitudes are neededto survive prejudice?Examples of Driving Questions:
  8. 8. 1,2,3 - Getting Started See See What’s What’s1.Identify Learning Outcomes for this unit. the big the big idea? idea?2.Identify Success Criteria for this unit.3.Which other emphasis should be built into the unit?•Key Competencies: TRUMP•3 Story Intellect: Gathering, Processing, Applying•21st Century skills such as collaboration, creativity and critical thinking
  9. 9. 4. Whats the Big Idea?Inspirational, authentic, allows for deep learning, has meaning for students,output has social value, can be developed by students . Discover Identify examples of prejudice in our world. Describe examples from their own lives. Identify possible survival techniques that could be used Create a presentation Share the presentations to help teenagers with the class, on YouTube survive prejudice or other social media
  10. 10. 5. What is the output of this project? What will students do/write/create/build? Do Read The Cay by Theodore Taylor Matrix activities Write Write a blog post and tweet the link Write 2-3 essays Create/build •A presentation to help teenagers survive prejudice.
  11. 11. 6. Develop a Timeline of Key Moments Entry event, check points, draft deadline, presentation – these are only key moments – there will be others ENTRY EVENT•Watch an episode of Bear Grylls - The Torres Strait one. CHECK POINTS•Deadline to have read the novel•Learners create a timeline of due dates•Essay blog due date•Presentation planning checkpoint and due date
  12. 12. 7. Choice, Personalisation and Presentation Choice & Personalisation Identify student options and any support needs A Gardners/Blooms matrix of tasks with points assigned.Some tasks are compulsory and a certain amount of pointswill have to be gained. Presentation Identify details of exhibition, nature of, promotion, invitation?•Share with class•Share presentations via social media.•Blog essay and reflection with peer feedback
  13. 13. 8. Assessment Identify how assessment is factored in to the task – which outcomes? Formative, summative, self, peer?•Essays will be marked as formative assessment with an endof unit common test.•A classwork mark will be given for the presentation•Peer feedback of blog reflection
  14. 14. 9. Applied LearningIdentify the focus of :semi structuredproblems, skills ofcollaboration,communication andcritical thinking andstudent self-management
  15. 15. Matrix LinksFor creating your own matrix of learning activities based on Bloom’s Taxonomy and Gardner’s Intelligences,check out:’s a link to “BloomsGardners Matrix.doc” in my Dropbox: can download this template and adjust it for your own needs.
  16. 16. 10. Connections to Adults Mentors, experts, judges•Roaming teacher as mentor•Parents/caregivers & other family members•Students may find their own experts in community
  17. 17. Useful Resources•• Powerful Learning Practice: resources/• Buck Institute for Education:• Edutopia: amber-graeber• PBLU:
  18. 18. Influences• Adapted from “The Teachers Guide to Project Based Learning” and Mark Burgess• Reinventing Project-Based Learning: Your Field Guide to Real-World Projects in the Digital Age by Suzie Boss and Jane Krauss (ISTE, 2007)