Who Knows About PBL?

When I was having a professional coaching chat with a colleague today, she asked about the research behind PBL. As it turns out, she decided to make it her goal to research and find out more information on PBL.

Firstly, what is PBL?

PBL can be known as 1 of 3 things:

1. Problem-based learning –  student-centred curriculum focused on finding and solving problems based on outcomes

2. Project-based learning – still student-centred but focuses on a complex question, problem or challenge

3. Passion-based learning – also student-centred, however, students have more choice about following an outcome-based passion

For the purposes of this blog, I’m going to squint in on Project-based Learning.

What are some websites I can read about Project-based Learning?

1. The Buck Institute for Education – http://bie.org/  – Great examples and resources

2. Edutopia – http://www.edutopia.org/project-based-learning – Lots of articles and narratives

3. PBLU – http://pblu.org/ – By the Buck Institute but more specific guidance

Helpful Articles?

1. Seven Essentials for Project Based Learning by Larmer and Mergandoller – http://www.ascd.org/publications/educational_leadership/sept10/vol68/num01/Seven_Essentials_for_Project-Based_Learning.aspx

2. A Review of Research on Project Based Learning by Thomas – https://bie.org/files/researchreviewPBL.pdf

3. Engineering Design Thinking, Teaching and Learning by multiple authors – http://digitalcommons.olin.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1021&context=mech_eng_pub

Who Can I Follow?

  • New Tech Institute – http://www.newtechnetwork.org/about/project-based-learning, @
  • High Tech High – http://www.hightechhigh.org/, 
  • Alec Patton (HTH) – http://alecpatton.weebly.com/ @AlecPatton
  • Briony Chown (HTH) – @brionychown
  • Adam Bellow – http://www.edutecher.net/, @adambellow
  • Mark Burgess – http://learningactivist.com/ @matonfender

Enjoy PBL 🙂

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