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WHAT WORKS IN EDUCATION The George Lucas Educational Foundation

Resources for Project-Based Learning

Free materials and downloads for building rigorous projects for all grade levels.
Related Tags: Project-Based Learning

In this section, you will find materials and resources for teaching about project-based learning, whether you are conducting a two-hour session or class or can spend a day or two on the topic.

We believe you will find much here from which you can build a set of experiences tailored to class participants for the purpose of exploring PBL:

SUGGESTED READINGS AND VIEWINGS
More Edutopia.org Resources on Project-Based Learning:

Top Edutopia.org Case Study Videos on Project-Based Learning:

Lower Elementary Upper Elementary Middle School High School

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Additional Resources Elsewhere on the Web:

Organizations That Provide PBL Guidelines and Tools Research and Readings Recommended Texts:
  • PBL in the Elementary Grades
  • Hallermann, Sara; Larmer, John; and Mergendoller, John R.
  • The Buck Institute for Education
  • Copyright © 2011
  • ISBN: 0-9740343-1-7
  • PBL Handbook
  • Markham, Thom; Larmer, John; and Ravitz, Jason
  • The Buck Institute for Education
  • Copyright © 2003
  • ISBN: 0-974034-304

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SAMPLE SESSION SCHEDULES

The sample schedule provides ideas for one- and two-day sessions. Depending on your resources, videos can be viewed online or downloaded via iTunes U. Edutopia.org also offers a Project-Based Learning DVD featuring eight documentaries. Ideally, participants should have online access to Internet resources, particularly for the afternoon and second-day sessions.

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POWERPOINT PRESENTATION

This PowerPoint presentation introduces PBL, based on research and case studies, and discusses why the method should be used, what it is, and how to begin, touching on the process of questioning, planning, scheduling, monitoring, assessing, and evaluating. The presentation then asks for group participation, and activities to be done in small groups are suggested on the final slides. Active links are provided for websites.

The presentation consists of 17 slides, and is available either as an online HTML presentation, downloadable PowerPoint file, or a slide show.

You can use the HTML version online during class time if you have a computer and a presentation system with Internet access; use it as you would any lecture presentation material.

Download the PowerPoint file to your hard drive for use on your laptop or a classroom computer; open and run the PowerPoint file just as you would any other PowerPoint presentation. You can also make changes and insert your own course information. For presentations, double-click on the downloaded PowerPoint slide show to begin, and use the arrow keys on your keyboard to toggle back and forth between slides.

In addition, each slide in the downloaded and online versions contains Speaker Notes you can use as lecture notes when you show the presentation.

If you do not have Microsoft PowerPoint and do not wish to use the online HTML presentation, you can download PowerPoint Viewer for your PC, which will allow you to share this presentation with an audience but will not allow you to edit it in any way.

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