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WHAT WORKS IN EDUCATION The George Lucas Educational Foundation

An Introduction to Project-Based Learning

In this hands-on approach to teaching, students create schoolwork that demonstrates core subject knowledge. Read a short introductory article or watch an in-depth video.
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Video Credits

Produced, Written, and Directed by

  • Ken Ellis

Coordinating Producer:

  • Amy Erin Borovoy


  • Karen Sutherland

Associate Producers:

  • Stacey Bloom
  • Leigh Iacobucci
  • Miwa Yokoyama

Production Assistant:

  • Doug Keely

Camera Crew:

  • Rob Weller
  • Michael Curtiss


  • Kris Welch

Original Music:

  • Ed Bogas
  • © 2009
  • The George Lucas Educational Foundation
  • All rights reserved.

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I think that Project Based Learning is a great idea. Students commented in the video that they liked doing the hands on projects because they were able to learn from their own experiences and trial and error. I think that under the right circumstances, PBL can be more effective than traditional instruction, especially for special needs students. PBL helps students retain information and build skills, like team work, planning, and organization. Also, PBL is more motivating for students because they are not sitting in a chair listening to a lecture.

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