I love the concept of backward design. Think of the desired learning outcome first, determine how to measure if learning occurred, and then form the learning activity. How can you lose? I’ve been thinking about how such an approach could be linked to project-based learning. Yes, we could establish the learning goal and how to […]Continue Reading
Category: General Education
How Schools Can Help Students Solve Real-Life Problems
Often we talk about PBL in terms of how it helps students with their own learning. But there’s another area where PBL can allow students to shine – serving others to address real-life problems. We see a great example of this from Glendale High School (Springfield, MO). As part of their PBL-based curriculum called “Quest,” […]Continue Reading
Kids Can Design Video Games to Power-Up PBL
I remember booting up Super Mario Bros. for the first time. The bright colors. The iconic theme music. Jumping on my first goomba. Good times. What I didn’t think about back then was how many people actually worked on the game. Someone designed the level. Someone else composed the music. Someone else did the artwork and […]Continue Reading
Should School Districts Open Incubators for Project Based Learning?
Often times educators are faced with the challenge of integrating project-based learning into an already established classroom, within an already established school. Integrating such change can run into all types of obstacles, with one reason being that the infrastructure of the school (physically and intellectually) was not originally intended for such an immersive and potentially […]Continue Reading
Where in the world are you?
Let me find out. Are you east of the Mississippi? Are you in one of the 13 original colonies? These are the type of questions 4th graders in Wisconsin’s Vesper Community Academy asked to find out the location of another “mystery” school during a video chat in March. Through the power of enabling technologies – […]Continue Reading
What Project Based Learning is Doing for Students at Oskaloosa High School
Iowa’s Oskaloosa High School (OHS) hosted their first ever Project Based Learning Showcase in March. To see this form of learning presented in such a grand fashion is exciting. This isn’t your old-fashioned science fair! The public was invited to see demonstrations of projects that the students worked on throughout the year. This included real-time […]Continue Reading