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.

Announcing Edutopia's Project-Based Learning Camp

Betty Ray Director of Programming and Innovation @Edutopia

Join us for a month-long, online project-based learning workshop, facilitated Suzie Boss, Edutopia blogger and co-author of Reinventing Project-Based Learning. Participants will work together to brainstorm on the design of a project that challenges students to respond to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. By the end of the four weeks, you will have developed a project plan, including time lines and assessments. More importantly, you will have explored a variety of resources and met a community of others who are interested in using PBL to develop students' problem-solving skills.

Likely outcomes? Collaboration, creativity, and confidence about moving ahead with your project this fall.

We plan to organize camp conversations around the oil spill topic, but expect discussions will branch off in a variety of directions as participants focus on particular content areas or grade levels. If you have another topic in mind, you can certainly bring your project idea to the camp. It's all about providing you with support, structure, and helpful feedback during the project-planning process. And because it all happens online, you can work from anywhere, at any time that's convenient for you.

Project-Based Learning Camp Schedule

Week One: Welcome to PBL Camp (July 12 - 18)
Brainstorm: How can we use an event like the oil spill to challenge students to use their own problem-solving strategies? What big ideas are people thinking about for projects? (For example: Anyone anticipating a service-learning angle or nature-writing project?)

Week 2: Digging into Projects (July 19-25)
Project research: As we explore resources together, what ideas do you see that you want to borrow or adapt? What roles do you imagine your students playing (researcher, advocate, inventor, activist, journalist, artist, policy maker)? Plan ahead: Who’s thinking along the same lines? Who wants to collaborate?

Week 3: Build Your Project Plan (July 26-Aug 1)
Project development: How will you plan an entry event that engages student curiosity and sparks inquiry? How will you connect students with real-world experts? Plan ahead: What are the key content standards you want to address with your project?

Week 4: Preparing for Project Launch (Aug. 2-9)
Timelines and assessments: How will you help your students manage time, meet milestones, and work effectively in teams? How can you prepare students for success by thinking ahead about project management? Plan ahead: Build a project timeline and look for authentic assessment opportunities along the way.

Post-Camp: Project gallery!
View all the final projects online.

PBL Camp is free. Check back, as we'll be posting a link to register very soon!

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I am looking forward to learning and collaborating with all of you.

9th Grade Humanities, PbL, 1:1


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Dang- stumbled upon this at just the right time.

Did somebody say smores...?

7th Grade Math and Science, Appleton, WI

Did I miss the camp

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Did I miss the camp registration link somewhere?

Intern at Edutopia, college student, aspiring Educator.


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Did I miss the camp registration link somewhere?

Hey Lisa,

Unfortunately the camp is full for participants. But, you will be able to read along in the community here. And we'll also post archives and results once it's over. If you'd like to be added to our mailing list to be notified of future camps, you can do that here:

Thanks for your interest!


High School English 11-12

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Thanks for the invite!

Middle Grades Language Arts Teacher

Lois Seaman

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I am excited to start. What time does the bus leave?

Middle Grades Language Arts Teacher

PBL Camp

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I am excited for camp. What time does the bus leave?

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