Last month we released Projects for all our education wikis. Our intention was to give you a better tool for group work, but, as many of you have pointed out, they’re also great for project-based learning.
Project-based learning, or PBL, grew out of early 20th century education reform, like the works of John Dewey. It generally involves directed, open-ended questions, real-life problem solving, and presentation to an authentic audience. And, of course, it’s a great way for students to build collaboration and 21st-century skills while mastering content.
- The Buck Institute for Education is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to 21st-century learning skills, with a focus on PBL. Their site is full of useful resources, research, and teaching materials.
- The George Lucas Educational Foundations’ Edutopia site has videos and real-life examples around PBL.
- PBL-Online is an online laboratory for developing and sharing PBL resources and project ideas.
- This article from Scholastic discusses “The Power of Project-Based Learning.”
- You can also find more PBL Web sites and lesson plans at LearningReviews.
In The Child and the Curriculum, John Dewey observed that, “The logically formulated material of a science or branch of learning, of a study, is no substitute for the having of individual experiences.” We can’t wait to hear what those experiences look like in your classrooms.