Project-Based Learning Professional Development Guide
An overview of the Edutopia professional development guide for teaching how to use project-based learning in the classroom.
Edutopia.org's Project-Based Learning professional development guide can be used for a two- to three-hour session, or expanded for a one- to two-day workshop, and is divided into two parts.
Part one is a guided process, designed to give participants a brief introduction to project-based learning (PBL), and answers the questions "Why is PBL important?", "What is PBL about?", and "How does PBL work?"
Part two assigns readings and activities for experiential PBL. Ideally, the tasks will be accomplished using group collaboration and with the use of technology. These activities are outlined in the Workshop Activities section. You will also find links to examples, from the Edutopia.org video library, of PBL in action at the elementary, middle, and high school levels.
Students Follow the Butterflies' Migration: Teacher Frances Koontz shows students a symbolic butterfly sent from children in Mexico.
The Resources for PBL page includes a PowerPoint presentation (including presenter notes), which can be shown directly from the website or downloaded for use as a stand-alone slide show, and sample session schedules. You will also find recommended websites, books, and additional videos to learn more about PBL in this section.this page at Education World that lists standards by academic subject and by state.
Continue to the next section of the guide, Why Is PBL Important?