Project-Based Learning, or PBL, is a dynamicapproach to teaching in which students workin teams to experience and explore real-world problems, questions, issues, andchallenges through active and engagedlearning.
Student-centered learning inspires studentsto obtain a deeper knowledge of thesubjects they are studying
Through active learning, students gain 21stCentury Skills such as:◦ Accessing and Analyzing Information◦ Agility and Adaptability◦ Collaboration across Networks andLeading by Influence◦ Critical Thinking and Problem Solving◦ Curiosity and Imagination◦ Effective Oral and Written Communication◦ Initiative and Entrepreneurialism
A high school team of students willimmerse in a real-world project. Their challenge: How to make the localbank branch more environmentallysustainable while staying within abudget?
They will go from producing a spreadsheetto using a program called SketchUp, alsousing Skype to consult with experts outsideof the classroom When a student was asked how he learnedto use SketchUp he simply replied “Just byusing it.” In PBL, that’s exactly how technologyintegration should happen.
This wasn’t a “SketchUp” project. It was achallenge that required problem-solvingand connected students with people beyondthe classroom. Students chose to use online modelingsoftware because 3-D graphics offered away to make their thinking visible. Technology was integrated because ithelped students meet their project goals.
SketchUp◦ Students use this program to create simple, but detailed 3Dmodels of the redesigned exterior of a building◦ Similar to an Excel or a PowerPoint project◦ http://www.sketchup.com/industries/education.html Skype in the Classroom◦ Students use Skype to connect to the world. More specifically forthis example, they could connect to content experts outside of theschool◦ https://education.skype.com/ Padlet◦ Students can stick virtual “sticky notes” to a “wall” (their class’spersonally website to share their ideas) for everyone to see◦ http://padlet.com/