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A presentation targeted for Kansas Technology Rich Classroom teachers at a summer conference (2011) who are trying to manage PBL amid the infusion of the Common Core, MTSS, TRC, 21st Century Skills and so on.

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  • PBL and the Core Content

    1. 1. Project Based Learningin the Core Content<br />Amber Rowland<br />South Central TRC Conference<br /> June 2, 2011<br />
    2. 2. My “Project”<br />My Essential Question:<br />How doteachers “do” PBL (amid Common Core, MTSS, TRC, 21st Century Skills, Standardized Testing-AYP, etc...)?<br />
    3. 3. 60 Minutes!<br />Define Project Based Learning <br />Examine the role of technology in PBL<br />Explore PBL in your classroom<br />Buck Institute’s Model of Standard’s Driven Project Based Learning – Understanding and Application<br />PBL+MTSS+Technology+21st Century Skills+Common Core = a perfect storm<br />
    4. 4. A note on the Common Core<br /><ul><li>What works in TN or NY or CA...
    5. 5. Open Education Resource Movement
    6. 6. Starting with fresh eyes
    7. 7. New Standards, technology, MTSS
    8. 8. Changes in School Accreditation
    9. 9. Not just AYP – 21st Cent. Skills & Innovation</li></li></ul><li>Only a few of the balls in the air above you...<br />
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    11. 11. TRC gives you a leg up!<br />IT’S WHAT WE DO ALREADY!!<br />Start with the standards<br />Consider how each student can learn them<br />Consider the content, product & process<br />Student choice<br />Authentic<br />Higher Order Thinking<br />
    12. 12. Let’s Talk about your Projects<br />How did your projects:<br />Start with the standards<br />Consider how each student can learn them<br />Consider the content, product & process<br />Student choice<br />Authentic<br />Higher Order Thinking<br />
    13. 13. PBL Explained<br />Buck Institute for Education (BIE) & Common Craft<br />
    14. 14. Building ConsensusA Group Definition of PBL<br /> With your shoulder partner(s), identify FIVE words that you believe best describe PBL based on the Common Craft/BIE video, your previous experiences, and yourpartner(s) discussion.<br />
    15. 15. Guiding Definition~Project Based Learning~ Buck Institute for Education<br />BIE defines standards-focused PBL as a systematic teaching method that engages students in learning knowledge and skills through an extended inquiry process structured around complex, authentic questions and carefullydesigned products and tasks.<br />
    16. 16. The Benefits of PBL<br />Helps students to both "know" and "do." <br />Supports students in problem solving, communication, and self-management. <br />Encourages lifelong learning, civic responsibility, and personal or career success. <br />Integrates curriculum areas, thematic instruction, and community issues. <br />Encourages accountability and goal setting. <br />Creates positive communication and collaborative relationships among diverse groups of students. <br />Meets the needs of learners with varying skill levels and learning styles. <br />Engages and motivates bored <br /> or indifferent students. <br />
    17. 17. To PBL or not to PBL?<br />
    18. 18. The Role of Technology in Project Based Learning <br />Multimedia<br />Technology as a “means” not an “end”<br />Problem Solving<br />Communication<br />Learning styles<br />Motivation<br />Application of Knowledge<br />Seamless Application<br />Moursund, David G.. Project-based learning using information technology . 2nd ed. Eugene, OR: International Society for Technology in Education, 2003. Print. <br />
    19. 19. What Makes a Project a Good One?<br />Space Day<br />While watching the following PBL video example, identify evidence that it is a “good project”.<br />Following the video, we will share your observations.<br />Edutopia: http://www.edutopia.org/space-day-science-math-engineering-video<br />
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    21. 21. Space Day<br />Designing tools for Space<br />Plans, scale model, presentation, cost estimate, written proposal<br />Cooperative learning<br />Collaboration<br />Multiple Forms of Assessment<br />
    22. 22. Think-Pair-Share<br />Share your observations with your small group:<br />Was this a good project? Why?<br />What “stood out” in this video example?<br />Did you see authentic learning?<br />Did your observations match our group definition?<br />Discuss the forms of Assessment.<br />Whole Group follow up reflections…<br />Highlighted observations<br />Questions<br />Is your own definition and awareness of PBL changing?<br />
    23. 23. Creating PBL Experiences~A Buck Institute Guide~<br />Begin with the End in Mind<br />Craft the Guiding Question<br />Plan the Assessment<br />Map the Project<br />Manage the Process<br />A Suggested Handbook<br />Project Planning Form Online<br />
    24. 24. Begin with the end in mind<br />THE SIX A’S<br />~CRITERIA FOR DESIGNING PROJECTS~<br />
    25. 25. Craft the Guiding Question<br /><ul><li>Strikes their interest - Ulysses & Geothermal
    26. 26. Open-ended (not overly scripted) – Wichita & Sharks
    27. 27. In-depth exploration of the discipline – Buhler & Dr. Data
    28. 28. Challenging – Space Day
    29. 29. Authentic/Real-World – Goodland/Grinnell & Rural Community Project
    30. 30. Tubric: https://sites.google.com/site/tubric</li></li></ul><li>Plan the Assessment~What makes it so unique in PBL?~<br />With your group, discuss the layers of assessment neededin the “Space Day” project.<br />Model Real-World Assessment<br />Define the products and artifacts<br />State the criteria for exemplary performance for each product<br />Do the products and criteria align with the stated standards and objectives for the project?<br />Let the students help with these definitions<br />
    31. 31. PBL Checklists<br />http://pblchecklist.4teachers.org<br />
    32. 32. Map the Project<br /><ul><li>How willEACH studentaccomplish the learning goals? –MTSS!!
    33. 33. Mixed grouping
    34. 34. Collaboration
    35. 35. Creativity
    36. 36. Communication
    37. 37. Student-Centered</li></li></ul><li>MTSS/RTI<br /><ul><li>Indivdualization and the right tools to help kids achieve
    38. 38. Tap into their talents, gifts and interests to help them succeed
    39. 39. Giving kids choices
    40. 40. What's the content and how do you shape it, twist it OR LET THEM help you choose--releasing controls </li></li></ul><li>MTSS & Universal Design for Learning (UDL)<br />Think of a project that you are considering, how could you add:<br /><ul><li>Multiple, flexible means of representation</li></ul>– video, text, photos, etc...<br /><ul><li>Multiple, flexible means of engagement</li></ul>– Edmodo, ePals, Groupings, etc...<br /><ul><li>Multiple, flexible means of expression</li></ul>– glog, prezi, letter, etc...<br />
    41. 41. Manage the Project<br />Facilitate as Kids Begin to Drive<br />Communicate – Edmodo, ePals<br />Digital Citizenship<br />Tap into Experts and Expertise<br />Status Reports<br />Goal Setting and Fulfillment<br />Assessment Updates – Rubrics<br />BIE<br />Rubsitar<br />Authentic Audience<br />Bend, Give, Stretch<br />Reflect<br />
    42. 42. Thinking Points<br />How will PBL look in your classroom?<br />What “End” or “Ends” do you have in mind?<br />Teacher vs. Student selected topics?<br />Do your students have prior project experience?<br />
    43. 43. Exploring how others have done it:<br />BIE<br />Interactive NETS*S Wiki<br />Innovation Odyssey<br />Collaborative Projects<br />iEARN<br />GlobalSchoolNet<br />Journey North<br />
    44. 44. Top 5 Tips<br />Collaborate<br />Try 1 New Tool/Idea<br />Brainstorm with Colleagues<br />Use Your Facilitator<br />Empower Kids<br />
    45. 45. INTEL from KSDEhttp://www.kansastrc.org/forum/topics/intel-offerings-from-ksde<br />Intel Classes this Summer<br />

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