Project-Based Learning: An Overview

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perfumes (not verified)

Hello!! This is a wonderful

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This is a wonderful way to extend students interests and knowledge.!!
Somebody have experience implementing this?

Renan (not verified)

Great new view

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I´m from Brazil, and i´m just amazed about this video and idea.

I´m wondering if an education like that would work with different groups amoung the world, and getting those groups together if possible(by video conferences or trips maybe).

This project is exciting in many ways, i´m looking for it!

Jacqueline (not verified)

PBL in History at Seconday level

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I actually did experience it in my own schooling in History in 3rd form as well as in primary school - in both cases we were divided into groups and researched a particular topic/period in history and then presented to the rest of the class (my group in both cases presented "A day in the life of" (of course we had to compress the timeframe to include some of the more interesting events that happened)

I have to say that after all these years I still remember in great detail how the Aztecs lived as well as the life of a squire to a minor lord in medieval times!
Were I to do this now with students, I'd probably include technology by suggesting that they record it and make a DVD or post on YouTube :) or build out a website as well..

COlin Genge (not verified)

Special Education

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Has anyone seen the benefits or pitfalls of working with Spec Ed kids in project based Education? I have 8 kids that require varying degrees of additional help in a self contained classroom (8th grade) for math.

Lucas (not verified)

Modern students have become

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Modern students have become more inattentive and it is very difficult to conquer their attention. I think it is a very good way to raise the quality of the knowledge. Thank you very much for this video, I enjoyed it.

Angella Ricketts (not verified)

EDU 521

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I really believe that PBL is great for all levels because it is more like hands on and many children are better doing projects which are usually hands on. The idea of history sounds great that would be creative and would have students that level to do some critical thinking.

Ed Greene (not verified)

Early Childhood Principles and Project-Focused Learning

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Young children can acquire the knowledge and skills to be investigators and learners in ways that are appropriate to their level of development and needs.

Adults who believe this is true, and who work in settings for young children, might be interested in the work of Dr. Jef van Kuyk, and educational psychologist from The Netherlands who developed the Pyramid Approach to Early Learning.

Constructed from exciting new research findings and sound educational theories of the past, the Pyramid Approach provides an excellent balance between the power of the child to learn and develop on his or her own, and the power of the teacher to optimize the learning experience. As a result, the principles of Pyramid provide for rich creative play, stimulating independent learning, cooperative project work, and goal-oriented concept and skill development.

The primary objective of Pyramid is to create a safe and secure world for young children that entices them to stretch their imaginations, expand their horizons, leap into the unknown and reach for greater, deeper, richer understanding. Built upon the four cornerstones, Pyramid and its guiding principles create a broad base of security for children. The four cornerstones are dynamically balanced to enable children to develop with confidence, creativity and carefully crafted momentum.

Pyramid's signature four-step process is part of short-term cycles of learning that adults can learn to effectively use in their work with children. The process begins with very concrete experiences that are closest to the child's prior knowledge and current experiences. Gradually, through this dynamic cycle, children take distance and are able to gradually develop more abstract representation they need to be successful learners.

The Pyramid approach offers materials and training opportunities for early care and education practitioners that help create a dynamic and stimulating preschool environment and support the optimal development of every child.

This approach to early learning for children ages 3-5 years old, has been successful in the Netherlands for many years. It is an innovative and child development based approach to teaching and learning that is now being introduced to early care and education practitioners in the United States. You can learn more about the four-step process, and the unique use of projects at

Ed Greene, Senior Early Learning Advisor
Pyramid/Cito USA
Princeton, NJ

Angela (not verified)

World History

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I really like the concept and value of PBL. I was wondering if anyone has done this at the secondary level of History (specifically World History)? I would love to see what can be done.

Eric Thornton (not verified)

Hands on Learning

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Hands on learning over a command style lecure--innovative!

Michelle Roush (not verified)

Project Based Learning

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I enjoyed watching the video of the students who are involved in this PBL program. What a wonderful way to expand students interests and knowledge that they wish to pursue. What happens if students discover that they are not as interested in a subject that they thought they were going to be? Are they allowed to change their topic/interest? This would be an exciting way to teach students so you can see the excitement and new found information that they discover on their own!

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