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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Edwin C. Lloyd's picture

I agree fully with what you said concerning the video.
I'm new to the project based learning approach, and now I want to add it so that it can aid my instruction. I'm a Junior High World and U.S. History teacher and I know this will help me move my teaching skills to the highest level possible. I agree with the MIT Professor about getting the students to apply what they learn, however I also believe good instruction blending with project based teaching and learning will greatly benifit both student and teacher. In a sense, both student and teacher will grow as leaders.
Ed Lloyd
Social Teacher
World and U.S. History

Joanne's picture
High School; Special Ed/ Chemistry and Biology New Jersey

I would like to see PBL lesson plans for Chemistry and Biology. I teach inclusion classes. If anyone can point in the right direction I would appreciate it. Also looking for professional development on the east coast.

M. Al Jamal's picture
M. Al Jamal
English teacher for non native speakers

I wonder if PBL can be useful and practical in a language learning class! As I am new to this learning strategy, pls give me your feedbacks.

laurenbie's picture
Professional Services Coordinator at the Buck Institute for Education

I am a language educator and I use PBL as the primary method of instruction in my classroom. Think of a product you want the students to create or a problem they could solve for their school or community. Then use scaffolds to build the language the students need to do so. If you are working with ELs, you want to think of language goals within your project that you will intentionally teach to that specific population, and then scaffold that process.

Maestra Maccari's picture

Hello! I have just joined the forum and I am already enjoying it! My Spanish Elementary students are very excited with a new project that will enable them to communicate with children of the same age in Argentina in Spanish. I am currently looking for a website that will enable us to write emails without having to disclose personal information. On both sides of the world (Argentina and US) parents are concerned about giving away their email addresses. If anybody knows how to safely implement this project please let me know. Thank you in advance and happy teaching!

Brenda's picture
6&7 science teacher

Just came across this now as I am trying to learn how to use PBL in my class. Did you ever receive responses to this post? I am also in NJ (Bergen county) and would love to hear about professional dev opportunities.

Angela- Spanish's picture
Angela- Spanish
Spanish teacher K-6th grade, Arizona

Sounds a great idea, please share ideas and details. I was thinking to implement communication of the students with Spain. I am new in PBL and wonder how to use in a learning new language class.

Amy Erin Borovoy (aka VideoAmy)'s picture

[quote] I am new in PBL and wonder how to use in a learning new language class.[/quote]

Glad you enjoyed the video! Here's a blog about using PBL to teach World Languages that may be of some help:

You can also find lots more information about PBL from our PBL page:

The Buck Institute for Education is also a great PBL resource:

Best of luck!

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