Project Based Learning

Handout

Carol LaRow

Contact: (518) 377-8332            tech33@nycap.rr.com


Characteristics of Project-Based Learning
  • Technology is the basic component
  • Student directed learning
  • Students access, process, and acquire information in new ways
  • Student projects have real world associations
  • Outcome are project based and designed around an extended task
  • Knowledge is demonstrated through a product/project
  • Students collaborate to achieve goals
  • The learning process includes a meaningful involvement of the students
  • The learning activities center upon the students
  • Students engage in higher level thinking skills and inquiry as they access and process information
  • Students share content and resources
  • Students publish for authentic audiences
  • PBL fosters critical thinking
  • PBL embraces multiple learning styles
  • PBL inspires students to contribute, collaborate, and publish
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Getting Started with Project Based Learning
Search
Search for projects other educators have done; contribute and share
Look for sites that list unit ideas by topics or grade levels
Use resources for getting started, posted on this page
Design projects that involve students in real world learning activities
Look for sites that list WEB resources for teachers as they plan project based learning activities
Harvest sites for students that contain resources and ideas for their projects
Review research on project based learning
Read articles
Sign up for blog feeds on topics of interest
Learn about WEB 2.0 techniques and social networking
Network with other educators who are using project based learning and learn from them
Find out what "authentic learning activities" are
Project Based Learning - Teacher Resources:  mmmmmmm
Project based learning addresses 21st Century learning skills. Technology is integrated into projects as students demonstrate what they have learned in the curricular areas. Students engage in investigation, research, problem solving, decision making, and higher level thinking skills. Students research topics pertinent to their studies, communities, and the World. They pursue the answers to questions or queries,
as they create projects using technology. They create with technology, not merely use it. Technology is
a vehicle for gathering and processing information.
Helpful Online Sites:
Project Based Learning, Checklists for Criteria and Evaluations:
Project Based Learning, Involving Students in Checklist Creation:
Project Based Learning, Building Motivation:
Resources to Design and Manage Quality Projects for MS & HS
Search for Projects Developed by Others & Share Your Projects
Project Examples, Buck Institute for Education
Unit Plans by Subject and Grade Level, Intel Education 
Designing Effective Projects - Instructional Strategies
International Collaboration on the WEB
Gateway to 21st Century Learning Skills - A Sharing Network for Educators
Videos on Project Based Learning
E-Learning and Structuring Your Classroom
Edutopia - Project Based Learning
Criteria for Authentic Project Based Learning
Teaching Lessons and Units, with Resources for Teachers and Students
Lesson Plans for Project Based Learning
Project Based Education, with Ideas for Motivation & Overview of Significance of PBL
Project Based Lesson Plans, Teachnology Site
Teaching and Learning Resources
Project Based Learning, Teaching Model, Edutopia
Technology Integration Model, Edutopia
Project Based Learning, Research Summary, Edutopia
Project, Problem, and Inquiry Based Learning, Teacher Tap
Project Based Learning, Project Abstracts
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Project Based Learning - Student Resources: 
Library of Congress, American Memory Collection
National Science Digital Library
National Archives
United States History Image Library
Images of the World
Smithsonian Archives Image Gallery, Collection Highlights
WEB Resources for Middle School, Grades 6 - 8: History, Science, Language Arts, Math, & General Resources
Discovery Education - Free Clip Art Gallery: Animated Clips, Music, Math, Language Arts, Technology, Logos & Mascots, Letters, Numbering
Free Clip Art Graphics, Freeze.com
Free School Clip Art, Kaboose.com
Free Clip Art and Design Sample, Dover Publications
Images to Use with Science Projects
Ask Jeeves for Kids
Fact Monster, Reference Information for Students, Information Please
Royalty Free Music, Incompetech
Assorted Sounds from SoundSnap
Search the WEB for Sounds, FindSounds.com
Free WAV Sound File Resources, TheFreeSite.com
Absolutely Free Clip Art
Royalty Free Original Clip Art
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Photo Library - With 10,000 New Images Added
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration - 200th Anniversary Website
Pictures of American Political History
Freeplay Music
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Webquests : 
Create Your Own Webquest
Using a Webquest in Your Classroom, Learn How to Design One
Webquests Created by Teachers, Includes List of Curricular Topics
Webquests for Grades K - 2, Includes Directions for Locating a Webquest, Univ. of CT
Directions for Creating a Webquest, Education World
Webquests Created by Guilford Cty Schools, NC
Webquest Portal Page - Search for Webquests
Webquests - Definition, How-To's, Examples, & Resources
Webquest Template for Teachers - Enter Your Own Data
Why Webquests? Internet 4 Classrooms
WebQuest Workshop, Resources by Genre
Biology Webquests
Language Arts Webaquests
History Webquests
Weather Webquests
Teacher Created Webquests, Grades K-12, Award Winning Site
Best Webquests, Tom March
Webquests and More, Tom March
Understanding and Using Webquests
Adapting and Enhancing Existing Webquests
Webquest Locator
K - 4 Webquests
Elementary Grade Webquests
Middle School Webquests
High School Webquests
Index of Webquest Lessons
Problem Solving Through Webquests
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Miscellaneous Sites:
Brain Teasers, Discovery Education
Learning Adventures - Projects for Students, Lesson Plans
Young Scientist Challenge, Discovery Education
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