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WHAT WORKS IN EDUCATION The George Lucas Educational Foundation

Project-Based Learning

Project-based learning is a dynamic classroom approach in which students actively explore real-world problems and challenges and acquire a deeper knowledge.

Overview

What is Project-Based Learning?

Project-based learning is a dynamic approach to teaching in which students explore real-world problems and challenges. With this type of active and engaged learning, students are inspired to obtain a deeper knowledge of the subjects they're studying. Watch an introduction video.

History

What's the History of PBL?

Confucius and Aristotle were early proponents of learning by doing. Socrates modeled how to learn through questioning, inquiry, and critical thinking -- all strategies that remain very relevant in today's PBL classrooms. Learn more.

Experts

What the Experts Say

"One of the major advantages of project work is that it makes school more like real life." --Sylvia Chard, University of Alberta See what other experts say.

Research

Research: Studies on PBL Success

Did you know PBL students remember learned content for longer periods of time? Did you know PBL students view themselves as better prepared in problem solving and perform better in tasks that emphasize understanding and application of knowledge? Dig deeper.

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14 Examples of High Quality Civic Learning Opportunities

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Resources for Getting Started With Project-Based Learning

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The "Reggio Approach" to 0-99 Education: Redefining Schools as Community Learning Centers

In the second of two posts, blogger and world traveler Adam Provost reports from the Winter Institute in Emilia Reggio, Italy about involving an entire community in the education of its children.

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The "Reggio Approach" to 0-99 Education: A Deep Exploration of Continuity

In the first of two posts, blogger and world traveler Adam Provost reports from the Winter Institute in Emilia Reggio, Italy about the arts- and inquiry-based Reggio Approach.

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Reinventing a Public High School: A Case Study in Integrating Problem-Based Learning

Keep up to date with Edutopia's coverage as we follow the whole-school transformation of Sammamish High School, near Seattle -- from traditional delivery of instruction to completely problem-based learning.

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Re-Imagining the Comprehensive High School

High school teacher Adrienne Curtis Dickinson launches Sammamish High School's blog series about the seven key elements for integrating PBL across disciplines, grades and courses.

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Reinventing a Public High School with Problem-Based Learning
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Building the Foundation to Transform a Public High School to PBL

Sammamish High School is in the midst of a five-year process to change from traditional teaching to an entirely problem-based curriculum. Follow the journey of the teachers, administrators, and students as they reinvent their school.

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21st-Century Projects Inspire Global Citizenship Plus Creativity

This is the second in a special Edutopia blog series about developing 21st century skills through project-based learning. In the first post, "Yes, You Can Teach and Assess Creativity!", blogger Andrew Miller offered classroom strategies to encourage...

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Real-World Internships Lead to College and Career Readiness
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Real-World Internships Lead to College and Career Readiness

At MC2 STEM High School in Cleveland, Ohio, students are paired with industry mentors in order to learn science, technology, engineering, and math skills.

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Film School: Making Movies From Storyboard to Screen

The silver screen inspires young minds to think big.

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Seymour Papert: Project-Based Learning

Dr. Seymour Papert describes learning environments in which children collaborate around meaningful projects and powerful ideas.

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Establishing Real-World Connections in Projects (Keys to PBL Series Part 1)
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Establishing Real-World Connections in Projects (Keys to PBL Series Part 1)

Students are more engaged when learning relates directly to the world they live in. See how to extend your projects beyond the classroom walls.

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Personalized PBL: Student-Designed Learning

Project-based learning may be the best vehicle for personalized learning as teachers move beyond "course-based" approaches and open the way for student-designed curriculum.

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How Design Thinking Can Empower Young People
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How Design Thinking Can Empower Young People

At People Serving People, a homeless shelter in Minneapolis, local design firms and educators work together to show kids how design thinking can help them make a difference in their neighborhoods

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EDUCATION NATION: Six Leading Edges of Innovation in Our Schools

A former Sesame Street innovator offers a new vision for learning through his new book "Education Nation."

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A School-for-Scribes Program Turns Kids into Novelists

Check out NaNoWriMo, a nationwide program which encourages students to write novels -- for fun.

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Classroom Guide: Top Ten Tips for Assessing Project-Based Learning

This guide will inspire and expand your thinking about effective assessment for project-based learning. Tips are organized to follow the arc of a project: planning, launch into active learning, and then a culminating presentation. Reflection is the final...

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Project Learning: Model Schools with Solutions

Project learning encourages students to explore real-world challenges while developing cross-curriculum skills in small collaborative groups. Edutopia has visited many schools that have implemented project-based learning programs -- here are some of the best...

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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.

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