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eTwinning: Project Based Learning


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Project Based Learning.
eTwinning Multilateral Seminar,
Coding and Robotics
12 - 14 April 2018

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eTwinning: Project Based Learning

  1. 1. PROJECT BASED LEARNING Rute Baptista, CSS | Miguela Fernandes, Ambassador eTwinning Multilateral Seminar Coding and Robotics 12 - 14 April 2018 1
  3. 3. www.etwinning.net2/03/18eTwinning template 3
  4. 4. • For critical thinking to occur, projects have to be structured to demand deliberate, reflective thought, and students have to be shown examples of what critical thinking looks like, in addition to being supported, assessed, encouraged, and given feedback as they try such thinking out with their peers and on their own. Only then can PBL become “genuinely educative” for critical thinking. John Mergendoller, Executive Director of the Buck Institute for Education.
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  6. 6. PBL (WHY) ...makes school more engaging for students. ...improves learning. ...builds success skills for college, career, and life. ...helps address standards. ...provides opportunities for students to use technology. ...makes teaching more enjoyable and rewarding. ...connects students and schools with communities and the real world. ...promotes educational equity. 6
  7. 7. WHAT ARE THE HALLMARKS OF THIS APPROACH? 2/03/18 7 • Write 3 things (on a post it) that make this approach distinctive • Share with the person next to you • Share with everyone
  8. 8. WHAT ARE THE HALLMARKS OF THIS APPROACH? • Projects form the centrepiece of the curriculum • Students engage in real-world activities used in authentic disciplines. • Students work collaboratively to solve problems that matter • Technology is integrated as a tool • Teachers collaborate to design and implement projects that cross geographic boundaries • One good project extends far beyond the original classroom. Projects that “go big” may also attract media attention 2/03/18 8
  9. 9. BENEFITS OF PBL 2/03/18 9 Benefits of using PBL (Larmer, 2016, p. 11)
  10. 10. www.etwinning.net2/03/18 10 Downloadthedocumentinpdfat ntial_project_design_elements
  12. 12. Challenging Problem or Question • Exploring of a philosophical question • Investigation of a historical event/time period, or natural phenomenon • Problem-solving situation • Examination of a controversial issue • Challenge to design, plan, produce or create something 12
  13. 13. Driving Question 13
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  16. 16. www.etwinning.net2/03/18eTwinning template 16
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  18. 18. Houses How can we construct best houses for homeless? Fifth- and sixth-graders at Torrey Hills School were challenged to find housing options for the homeless, veterans and elderly, they started by thinking small. 18 Source:
  19. 19. Rock On! Who is entitled to natural beauty? Fourth grade students worked collaboratively to transform their experiences and understanding of geology into a product that encourages other members of the community to engage in geology activities in our local natural spaces. 19 Source:
  20. 20. Travelling Without Moving How does / can urban planning impact us as individuals and as a community? The project examined fundamental topics such as identity, diversity, justice, and action, with a particular focus on segregation. 20 Source:
  21. 21. Native Americans Third graders discuss an exhibit on Native Americans, part of a project-based learning unit. First the project unpack stereotypes through deep discussion, and the students reflect on that learning by creating posters. 21 Source:
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  27. 27. • Meaningful knowledge • Sense of belonging • Sense of participation • Inclusive learning • Interdisciplinarity 2/03/18 27
  28. 28. USEFUL RESOURCES • Collaborative Projects Can Work in Any Subject Teacher-blogger John Spencer argues for wider use of collaborative and creative projects and design thinking, offering lots of good examples from various subject areas. • The Value of Establishing a Culture of Thinking in the Classroom Getting Smart Not explicitly about PBL, but on the same wavelength: an overview of the Cultures of Thinking Project, led by Ron Ritchhart as part of Harvard’s Project Zero. • Poquoson students connect with veterans for class project Daily Press A local news story from Newport News, Virginia, about a project in which 11th graders interviewed local veterans and documented their stories through writing and video, which will go to either the Friends of the National World War II Memorial or the Poquoson Museum. • A Teacher’s Guide to Project Based Learning Biracial Bookworms Here’s a fairly thorough look at PBL, by a teacher who clearly gets it and loves it (and has been to BIE’s PBL 101 workshop). Great answers to FAQs, and a nice explanation of the compatibility between PBL and International Baccalaureate programs. More at: 2/03/18 28
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