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Community Manager at Edutopia

Jenny, what a wonderful

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Jenny, what a wonderful project! You fully took advantage of the natural synergy between PBL and service learning.

By the way, Edutopia has a number of blog posts that look at this dynamic. You can generally find them here: http://www.edutopia.org/blogs/tag/service-learning

Our Grade 8 students were

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Our Grade 8 students were introduced to elderly residents of a local retirement home. Each group was assigned a 'client' for whom they designed and created a practical solution that would improve their daily life. Presentation of the projects took place at the retirement home, in front of a large audience of residents and staff. Each group made an oral presentation to explain the design brief, the production process and the finished product. They then presented their client with the completed product. This was an outstanding success for our students and the elderly residents as it established new community connections and a greater cross-generational understanding.

Director of Social Media Strategy and Marketing @Edutopia, edcamp organizer

Erik - I've seen this too.

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Erik -

I've seen this too. Presentations, especially with PBL, shouldn't be an after thought. Check out this school -- they present all of their projects and put an emphasis on their presentations: http://www.edutopia.org/stw-project-based-learning-best-practices-new-te....

[quote]What I love about PBL is that projects are presented. Unfortunately, the presentations are often treated as an afterthought and students are asked to speak without getting sufficient instruction about how to do that well. I see many videos that showcase great projects and poor communication skills. Look with fresh eyes: is that the best students can do? No. So give them some help. Animated words to help explain what I mean: http://my.hrw.com/content/hmof/language_arts/hmhcollections/resources/co...[/quote][quote]What I love about PBL is that projects are presented. Unfortunately, the presentations are often treated as an afterthought and students are asked to speak without getting sufficient instruction about how to do that well. I see many videos that showcase great projects and poor communication skills. Look with fresh eyes: is that the best students can do? No. So give them some help. Animated words to help explain what I mean: http://my.hrw.com/content/hmof/language_arts/hmhcollections/resources/co...[/quote]

Director of Program Development at Big Picture Learning

This discussion reminds me of

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This discussion reminds me of student exhibitions at Big Picture Learning Schools - http://www.bigpicture.org/2008/10/authentic-assessment/

What I love about PBL is that

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What I love about PBL is that projects are presented. Unfortunately, the presentations are often treated as an afterthought and students are asked to speak without getting sufficient instruction about how to do that well. I see many videos that showcase great projects and poor communication skills. Look with fresh eyes: is that the best students can do? No. So give them some help. Animated words to help explain what I mean: http://my.hrw.com/content/hmof/language_arts/hmhcollections/resources/co...

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