Project Based Learning With Technology Daniel Downs

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Project Based Learning With Technology Daniel Downs

  1. 1. Project Based Learning With Technology Daniel Downs, Ed.D. @danieldowns Youtube Username:Forerunner00 Digital Learning Specialist Andover High School
  2. 2. My Experience with PBL & Technology • Classroom Teacher Instructing High School Students using Multimedia Software with group approaches (Technology Driven curriculum with Embedded Skills,Podcasts,Videoa,Mobile Applications,Animations,Web Design) • Presentations,Projects and Tutorials Using Screencasting Tools (screencast-o-matic,Youtube)My Youtube Page-Daniel Downs • Integrated Formal & Summative Web Based Assessment & Project Presentation (Google Documents) • Authentic Collaborative Group Projects (Real World 21st Century Skills, Students Sharing Knowledge, Collaboration, Leadership Skills)
  3. 3. Project Based Learning Background What Is It? Project-based learning is a teaching approach that engages students in sustained, collaborative real-world investigations. Projects are organized around a driving question, and students participate in a variety of tasks that seek to meaningfully address this question(Coffey,2010). History Of PBL Why Use It? PBL provides a format for implementing several very powerful instructional principles, including differentiating instruction, scaffolding instruction, and facilitating socially constructed knowledge. This approach fosters the development in students of a sophisticated understanding of content-area subjects, as well as sophisticated development of effective and efficient strategies for informational-gathering and processing, communicating, critical, analytical, and creative thinking, collaborating, and goal setting and self-evaluating.
  4. 4. Embedding Technology Into PBL Projects Allow……. • Independent learners with technology and core subject content(student engagement with content) • Improved skill fluency with technology tools(adaptability,increased knowledge) • Work on authentic projects and collaborate to problem solve (real world problems) Sample Authentic Scenarios • Powerful examples of learning outcomes (videos,presentations,online assessments,audio recordings)
  5. 5. What kinds of projects are immediately possible using technology? Project Type Available Software/Tools Podcasts Garageband Videos/Presentations iMovie,Prezi, Photobooth Student Created Tutorials/Learning Aids Screencast-o-matic, Quicktime Youtube Student Critiques & Evaluations Google Documents( Forms, Docs) SurveyMonkey, Learning Journals Posters/Graphics Glogster,Photoshop,Illustrator,Paint Collaboration Edmodo,WikiSpaces
  6. 6. PBL With Technology Assessment: Sample Project Based Rubric • What Skills Using the technology are included? • How is core subject matter content knowledge included? • How are the interactions/sharing of students assessed? • How is core subject problem solving and content understanding represented in the final project/presentation? • How Authentic are the approaches to solving the central questions and creation of final projects?
  7. 7. Developing A PBL Rubric Assessment Area Description Point Value Project Authenticity How does the product reflect a real world solution? Group Work Ethic Was there collaboration/leadership/ethic? Was time used effectively? Technology Skills What tech skills were learned? How was fluency with known tools improved? Core Topics & Learning What core subject Knowledge was shown? Was a deeper knowledge of core learning reflected in the learning? Problem Solving How did students address the central problems? Were their solutions successful? What acquired knowledge solved problems? Required Components Were standard project requirements met? Were requirements integrated into projects?
  8. 8. How do We Integrate Technology Into Classroom Projects & Lessons • Choose Technology Driven Final Outcomes • Include Group Project Conceptualization & Planning Time • Integrate critical technology skills into formative & summative assessment • Include a final technology driven presentation Beyond the required project in which student explain process or authenticity.
  9. 9. Planning Strategies For PBL With Technology • Online documents or presentation space (youtube, slideshare, edmodo, teacher tube) • Available Technology (multimedia,web based) • Define Outcomes (can be single or multiple projects in the same unit: critiques, presentations, posters) • Develop a sample final project • Rubric Development for PBL Unit or a simple lesson • Simple Modifications to existing lessons
  10. 10. In class Project Strategies To Consider: • Grouping(student strengths & weaknesses and group size….your strengths and weaknesses) • Formative & Summative Assessment(Online Learning Journals,Critiques,Check In Quizzes,Skill tests) • Evaluate and Inquire About Available Technology(in classroom technology & labs) • Conceptualization time/group process
  11. 11. Lets Walk Through A Plan! • Let’s Walk Through Some Questions to help us Develop A Idea for project and strategize the development of a rubricPBL Lesson Planning Document • www.projectbasedlearningonline.com Please review the linked documents for more background information.

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