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How does my School get started with Project Learning

How does my School get started with Project Learning

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Can anyone help me fellow teachers get started with Project Learning.

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Suzie Boss's picture
Suzie Boss
Journalist and PBL advocate
Blogger 2014

Hi Rebecca and Tim,
Great to hear that you're moving ahead with PBL. There are many excellent resources to help you get started. Here are just a couple:
1. Edutopia's Schools That Work feature on PBL in Maine:
http://www.edutopia.org/stw-maine-pbl
You'll find video case studies, plus practical tips and downloadable resources.
2. Buck Institute for Education's Do-It-Yourself Tutorial on PBL:
http://www.bie.org/diy
Don't hesitate to follow up if you are looking for specific resources or suggestions.
Good luck!
~Suzie

Amy Ford's picture
Amy Ford
K-5 Technology Resource Teacher, Lexington, KY

Rebecca and Tim:

In the summer of 2011, along with several others, I was invited to help lay the ground work and develop a project based on the ideas of student-driven, collaborative learning through writing and media production, all online. Currently, all of my 4th grade classes (100+ students) and my 5th grade classes (100+ students) are participating in projects. Fourth graders were assigned the topic of Kentucky and the fifth graders were assigned the topic of the American Revolution. I've never seen my students so focused on anything before this! We are using Moodle and Mahara for communication and creation.

You can go to http://ischool.fcps.net/course/view.php?id=2294 to find out more details. If either one of you are interested (or both of you) I'd love to start another one. Another fifth teacher in our school district will be developing a project based on the Civil War. We would absolutley love to have your classes join us. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

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Tim Thomas
Fifth grade teacher (GATE) Anaheim, CA

Hi Amy, This sounds exciting. I glanced at the website you indicated. How does this work?

Hi Suzie, The Buck Institute is a gold mine! Thanks for the tip.

Hi Rebecca,

I have several Vietnamese students in class. Some can speak Vietnamese, don't know about writing it, but are fluent English speakers and writers. Who do you teach? Penpals?

Rebecca Williams's picture
Rebecca Williams
Grade 3 teacher in Guatemala City, Guatemala

Tim,
All of my ten students are Vietnamese. :) They come from the wealthy 1% that can afford to send their children to a private international school (probably much like your students, whose parents could afford to get out of the country). They are all fluent in English as well, as they have grown up through the school and many have English speaking parents.

I (and my kids) would love to be penpals! Do you use Edmodo at all?

On a side note, I've become enthralled with The Buck Institute as well! What an amazing resource, eh? :)

Rebecca Williams's picture
Rebecca Williams
Grade 3 teacher in Guatemala City, Guatemala

Amy,
This sounds interesting. Can you tell me though, do you have any projects coming up that might better suited for an international group (all of my students are Vietnamese, living in Vietnam)? If not, I'd love to catch up with you if/when I teach in the States.

Amy Ford's picture
Amy Ford
K-5 Technology Resource Teacher, Lexington, KY

Rebecca,

I am open for anything! Do you have any ideas on what we could do? I think that anything we would do would be a great learning experience for all students. Let me think on this. I am sure between the two of us we can come up with something great. Feel free to email me at amy.ford@fayette.kyschools.us

Tim Thomas's picture
Tim Thomas
Fifth grade teacher (GATE) Anaheim, CA

Thanks! I have my reading set for this weekend.

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