PROJECT-BASED LEARNING (PBL) Sample of PBL (review)
What is Project-based Learning?Many Educators and theorists like John Dewey have found the advantagesof “hands-on learning”. Others call this experiential learning, learning bydoing, student-focused approaches. Unknowingly, we have applied thesame strategy in some of our classroom activities. Fieldtrips, investigatoryScience Projects, Role playing are some examples of student-centeredlearning activities, called Project-based LearningProject-based Learning approach is a product of a revolution of learningtheory. Behaviorists and Psychologists acknowledge that learning takesplace not only in the acquisition of knowledge and skills but also throughsocial activities. Learners use past knowledge, experiences to explore,negotiate and construct solutions to problems. In a sense, learners alsolearn to apply these solutions to real-based problems by adaptingthemselves to the changing world.
Why is Project-based Learning significant?Change is constant. According to Mahatma Gandhi,” We must be thechange we want to see in the world”. Global changes have affected ourway of life and learning. The advent of technology for instance has pavedway for more complexity in our everyday living. Moreover, solving highlycomplex problems require students to have the fundamental skills inreading, writing and math and digital age skills such as teamwork, problemsolving, research gathering, time management, information synthesizing,utilizing high tech tools. The traditional “chalk-talk” approach obviously cannot thrive in this age of technology. PBL provides an avenue for these skills to be achieved and thus prepare our students to become truly “globally competitive”. It also becomes an avenue for students to learn according to their own learning styles and differences. The learning activities are flexible and allow for more research and interaction to take place in the learning environment, making avenues for critical thinking and creating communities of lifelong learners.
ICT Tools:http://www.edutopia.org - Provides us with the steps on how to do PBL in the classroom.Photostory 3 for windows Free download (downloadable)http://www.2learn.ca/Projects/Together/structures.html Creating tele-collaborative activities.http://science.nasa.gov/Earthscience.html Resource site for science materialswww.usingenglish.com Resource site for teaching english as a 2nd language
http://www.khake.com/page47.html Resource site for Math Enthusiasts VIRTUAL CLASSROOM SITES: www.nicenet.org (free) http://moodle.org/ (free) www.wiziq.com (free) www.blackboard.com (subscription) http://microsoft.com/learningessentials/download.mspxA learning management suite for teachers and students. Includes easy to followsteps on how to integrate ICT in the classroom. The suite includes templates foronline classes and scaffolds
Hot Potatoehttp://hotpot.uvic.ca/ A quick way to create quizzes online such as fill in the blanks, multiple choice, matching type, crossword puzzles and jumbled sentence exercises.Rubistarhttp://rubistar.4teachers.org/index.php Online tool for creating rubrics used in authentic assessment. http://www.arcademicskillbuilders.com/ Research based and academic standards online exercises for students