Project Based Learning
Technology integration works most effectively when students have constant access to the tools, and the classroom design facilitates a more project-driven curriculum. The concept of project based learning has been around for many years, but only recently has the level of available technology supported its design. The iPad is an ideal tool to accompany a project based learning curriculum, most particularly in a 1:1 model.
Videos on Project Based Learning
Please view these short videos to get an understanding of project based learning. Additional resource links are available at the bottom of the page.
Project Based Learning: Explained, a Common Craft video from the Buck Institute for Education.
This video is from Edutopia, an Introduction to Project Based Learning.
PBL: Success from Start to Finish, from Manor New Technology High School, Manor TX. See how one school shifted 100% to a Project Based Learning model
Watch this video on three teachers in Canada that talk about how they restructured their day to incorporate project based learning.
Great projects not only involve the learning of content, but require students to demonstrate of the kinds of skills we see in real life: the ability to communicate, to work well in a group, to think critically, to be creative.
These skills are difficult to track in more traditional forms of assessment. Enter the rubric, a criteria-based tool to measure student performance on a number of different tasks or skills.
The video below, from the Pearson Foundation, gives a brief introduction to using rubrics to assess 21st century skills.
Additional resources on PBL and 21st Century Learning:
More resources and links for rubrics and authentic assessment