Project learning can inspire the best of high-performance teamwork, or it can be devolve into unfocused chaos. How can we support each other to keep our eye on the prize? Share your project ideas, questions, and implementation experiences.

PBL Camp: Support Thread

Betty Ray Director of Programming and Innovation @Edutopia

If you have a question about how to participate in PBL Camp or if you need any other support, please post your questions here. Chances are good that someone else has a similar question, so it's good to do it publicly!

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8th grade multimedia teach from San Antonio, TX

Marzono's Dimensions of Learning

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I have read a number of people discussing intellegences. Another area to explore is Robert J. Marzano's Dimension of Learning http://www.kurwongbss.eq.edu.au/thinking/Dimensions/dimensions.htm Dimenions 1-5 recognize the importance of social and emotional factors in learning: postive attitude, acquisition and integration of knowledge, extension and refinement of knowledge, meaningful use of knowledge, and productive habits of mind.

High School Language Arts, Cincinnati

Due to several travel dates,

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Due to several travel dates, I will now be gone unable to participate regularly from July 23-July 31 and from Aug 5-Aug 9. Is it best to NOT commit to a team? If that is the case, is it possible to continue to work on an idea of my own, and post less frequently for additional ideas/collaboration?

Thanks!

Journalist and PBL advocate

[quote]Due to several travel

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[quote]Due to several travel dates, I will now be gone unable to participate regularly from July 23-July 31 and from Aug 5-Aug 9. Is it best to NOT commit to a team? If that is the case, is it possible to continue to work on an idea of my own, and post less frequently for additional ideas/collaboration?

Hi Bobbi,
The beauty of an online experience like PBL Camp is that you get to decide when and how much to participate! All the resources will be archived and available online, so you can catch up after your vacation.
I'd still suggest joining a team so you can get the benefit of collaboration. Just be sure to let team members know about your schedule. Think about the role you might be able to play from Aug. 1-4. Maybe you could be a critical friend and offer some constructive feedback? When you're ready to implement the project, you'll also have some colleagues to connect with.
Alternately, feel free to work independently. If you use the wiki to capture your thinking, there's a good chance others will stop by to take a look--and maybe join you later.
Good luck--and happy travels!
~Suzie

High School Language Arts, Cincinnati

@Suzie Boss

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Thanks so much!

7th grade, math & science teacher in GA and mother of 2 boys (16 and 7)

Clarification

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Hi,

Please clarify a few things for me because we are weeks into the camp and I am lost.

1) I have not been able to participate in the live sessions, but, can I access the session later as a recording using Elluminate?

If so, how do I go about doing that? My computer has previously used Elluminate and I additionally double checked to see that it is up-to-date.

2) I have heard something about a wiki. Is there one for this camp?

3) I've been reading the discussion boards, but, what other resources are available to participate?

4) Are there specific directions or resources to guide you through the weekly topics?

I think those are my biggest burning questions at this point. Thanks in advance for your assistance,

Sincerely,

Denise Culver

Journalist and PBL advocate

PBL Camp Resources

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Hi Denise,
Here are some resources to help you catch up:
1. Webinars are recorded and available online. You will not need to launch Elluminate to listen. This page includes all the links to recordings: http://www.edutopia.org/project-based-learning-summer-camp
2. Wiki is here: http://pblcamp.pbworks.com/
Once you join the wiki, you can create your own page, join a project team or create a new one, etc. Tutorials to help with technology are also available on the wiki.
3. Discussion boards continue to offer a place to have conversations with others in this community. Look for the PBL Camp thread for your grade level.
4. We have been suggesting activities each week to guide you through the project planning process. You can find an archive of weekly activities on the wiki (look in Navigator panel on right for archives).
We still have a full week of camp left--so please jump right in! It's a great community.
Best,
Suzie

Teach at a private school. Multi grades 1st-12th. Mostly Language/Arts . TX

Lifeskill teacher

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I have just been informed that I am going to have a lifeskill class this year. My principal wants us to use only projects with these students. The students will be from pre-k-12th grade. Two questions: (2) Will someone out there please send me examples of "project" along with lesson plans on how you implemented the projects.(2)Eoes anyone have material that was developed or used by Marva Collins that they would not mind getting rid of? If so please let me know!
Thanks
James Robinson
jrobinson_jr@hotmail.com

Elementary Media Specialist

Great Resource AquaKids TV show and website

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I just saw an episode of AquaKids on the Saturday morning TV. This is an awesome resource for our Gulf Oil projects. Their website has much to offer along with valuable links to more experts. www.AquaKids.TV Suzie, you may want to add this group of folks to your expert list when considering contacts for student involved environmental projects.

Journalist and PBL advocate

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[quote] This is an awesome resource for our Gulf Oil projects. [/quote]

Donna,
Thanks for sharing this. Looks like a good resource, especially for engaging with experts. I'm adding to the wiki Resources page right now. PBL Campers: If your projects focus on marine animals, you'll find some useful links here.
Thanks!

Elementary Media Specialist

Thank you

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Thanks to all our experts and encouragers for this great opportunity. I have learned so much in this group. I apologize for fizzling this last week or so but the rubber hit the road at school and I was overwhelmed. We will go forward with some type of PBL project but I have found that it is taking on somewhat of a different shape than I envisioned now that I am working with my "on-site" partners who have not had the benefit of this great group. I'll keep plugging and teaching and we'll take it as far as we can. I'm counting on the students' adoption of the projects to help move this forward. I'll try to post on the wiki and update occassionally.

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