Project-Based Learning: An Overview

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Senior Manager of Video Programming, Production, & Curation at Edutopia

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Philip -- I wanted to let you know that as of 2012, we now have transcripts (as well as captions!) available for all of our videos. Just click the "Transcript" tab directly under the video player to access the text. Thanks for your patience!

Senior Manager of Video Programming, Production, & Curation at Edutopia

PBL in High School English

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Stacy -- great question. You can certainly post the same in our PBL discussion group; but I'd also point you to our Schools That Work package, "PBL: Success Start to Finish" which profiles a PBL English language arts class at Manor High School in Texas. It includes a video on an ELA-Humanities project that used The Hunger Games to explore totalitarianism and moral dilemmas. Best of luck to you!

High school English teacher

English Language Arts

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Any ideas as to how to use project-based learning with a mythology/narrative unit in high school English?

Technology Integration Specialist, Perry Township Schools

The "project" doesn't have to

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The "project" doesn't have to be completed in one 45 minute period, it can extend over several days.

If you can't leave your 4 walls you can use the Internet...

Co-Director, Modeling Instruction Pgm, Dept. of Physics, ASU

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In science, at least in high school where understanding the structure of the subject is important, scientific model(s) should guide projects. One model solves an infinite number of problems.

These guiding principles are explicated in Professor David Hestenes' research publications, at http://modeling.asu.edu/R&E/Research.html. They are implemented in Modeling Instruction, a STEM curriculum design that recreates what scientists do. A quote from David Hestenes: "Modeling is about making and using scientific descriptions (models) of physical phenomena and processes. Modeling Instruction is an inquiry method for teaching science by actively engaging students in all aspects of scientific modeling."

EdTech master's student at U. Hawaii

transcript of video??

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Sure would be nice to have TRANSCRIPTS of these videos available...

High school journalism teacher in southwest Missouri.

I have the same concerns

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I have the same concerns about using PBL in a high school introduction to journalism classroom. I love the idea of authentic products, but what do you do when students are 'class bound' for 45 minutes? I suppose we could roam around the school and look for story ideas or invite community members to come to our class to be interviewed for stories, but outside of that, if anyone has suggestions for other approaches, I am open! Thanks

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This is better known as "Technology Education" where project based learning has been the model for the last 25 years since the shift from Industrial Arts. Check out the ITEAconnect.org or www.njtea.org. Math and Science teachers think this is a new idea.

Chris - So do Administrators! They haven't a clue! As the saying goes "districts don't know what they know". They are always looking past there own in-house instruction, because (sarcastic tone) "what is going on globally must be better than anything that we could be doing here". Great point.

PBL is only as good as the concepts it teaches.

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PBL is nothing new (even in '07). That said, in regards to the Lackawanna, Pennsylvania project (about :40 in), am I the only person that was disturbed by the endorsement of misconceptions: there can't be fire, where there isn't oxygen. I see far too often educational "movements" overshadowing proper quality instruction, and in this case something so simple. I will never be convinced that the experience and "creative problem solving" that could result is more important than the absolute by-product: wrong science.

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Are you still willing to share your PBLs for an English classroom?

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