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Resources for Getting Started With Project-Based Learning

Explore Edutopia's curated compilation of online resources for understanding and beginning to implement project-based learning.
Andrew Miller
Educational Consultant and Instructional Coach
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Just getting started with project-based learning (PBL)? Our curated list of resources for educators new to PBL should help you. Before you get started, be sure to check out Edutopia's PBL page, including information about the research behind effective PBL practices. You can also connect with Edutopia's community to learn and share PBL tips.

PBL Defined and Clarified

  • Five Keys to Rigorous Project-Based Learning (Edutopia, 2014)

    Well-designed project-based learning (PBL) has been shown to result in deeper learning and engaged, self-directed learners. Learn more about the five core elements of successful PBL in this video.

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Fundamentals, Examples, and Terminology

  • Brief Guide to Vocabulary for Project Based Learning (Fried Technology, 2013)

    This useful reference, from Fried Technology, is a glossary to the key terms and concepts for PBL.

  • My PBL Pet Peeves: 4 Common Misconceptions, by Andrew Miller (Edutopia, 2014)

    Miller firmly addresses some common misunderstandings about PBL, including the ideas that projects are lessons and the public audience can be random.

  • Project Based Learning: Explained (Buck Institute for Education, 2012)

    A great introduction to PBL, this animated video by Common Craft was created for BIE to serve as a primer to the essential elements of PBL and also includes a sample PBL project.

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Tips From Teachers and Experts

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Bookmark this page to reference it for updates. Do you know of other useful resources, or are there other types of resources you'd like to see included on this page? Please share your feedback in the comments.

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Linda Keane AIA's picture
Linda Keane AIA
NEXT.cc Director, Prof Arch/EnvDes, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Thanks for compiling these. You might want to include NEXT.cc (http://www.NEXT.cc), a 2012 National Environmental Education Green STEM Innovator and United States Green Building Council Excellence in Green Building Education Awardee. Created by a collaborative team of college art, design and education students, it introduces a thinking and making scaffold of tools, languages, discovery and design opportunities that are linked to NAEEA and NGSS standards. Teachers are using it to develop interest in projects, connections to communities and virtual field trips, museum interactives and contemporary art, science and design practices.

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David Andrade
Educator, EdTech Specialist, Education Administrator

These are some great resources for PBL, my personal favorite way of teaching and learning. I really like the dispelling myths and the Common Craft video.

Here are some more:
Project Based Learning Resources for Educators:

More on WPI and their learning model:
"Lehr und Kunst" or "Theory and Practice." - what we strive for in education

Laura Thomas's picture
Laura Thomas
Director, Antioch University New England Center for School Renewal, Author of Facilitating Authentic Learning, Director of the Antioch Critical Skills Program; Elementary Library Media Specialist

Can I add one more? The Critical Skills Classroom model has some great resources for teachers trying to get started with PBL, particularly if they're interested in teaching and assessing 21st Century Skills at the same time. http://antiochne.edu/acsr/criticalskills

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