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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.

  • Your Checklist for Virtual Project-Based Learning

    It’s actually a good time for challenging, independent projects. Here are some of the steps you should consider as you prepare your students to get started online.
    Glenn Whitman, Ian Kelleher
  • 3 Ways to Integrate Computer Science in Other Classes

    Students can develop computer science skills starting in the early grades—even without a computer—in project-based learning and other units.
  • Using PBL to Encourage Interdisciplinary Work

    Project-based learning units that include different disciplines allow students to apply what they learn to new situations, leading to deeper learning.
  • Exploring Social Justice Issues Through PBL

    The open-ended work in project-based learning can help students explore issues that matter to them.
  • An Adaptable Framework for Project-Based Learning

    The National Geographic Society has a five-step PBL model and resource library to foster deep learning whether students are in school or at home.
  • How PBL Helps Students Engage With the World Around Them

    The book “Teaching for a Living Democracy” shows teachers how to use project-based learning to prioritize student voice and drive deep learning.
  • Inquiry-Based Tasks in Social Studies

    Assignments that are bigger than a lesson and smaller than a unit are a good way to experiment with inquiry-based learning.
  • How Teachers Can Support PBL at Home

    Tips and projects that teachers can share with parents and caregivers to guide children in any grade through project-based learning—with or without technology.
  • Using Project-Based Learning to Prepare Students for Cutting-Edge Careers

    Hoping to prepare high school graduates to solve complex, real-world problems, an Ohio STEM school found answers in project-based learning.
  • Supporting Teachers to Workshop Project Ideas

    A strong project-based learning culture is built by giving opportunities for teachers to get feedback and support on their project ideas.
  • Project-Based Learning and the Research Paper

    Students take responsibility for their learning and develop solutions for complex problems when their research paper becomes a PBL unit.
  • Projects That Work: Mission to Mars

    Physics students assume the role of aerospace engineers to explore the real-world problem of how to land a rover on Mars.
  • Designing Science Inquiry: Claim + Evidence + Reasoning = Explanation

    The Claim, Evidence, Reasoning framework is a scaffolded way to teach the scientific method.
  • Twenty Ideas for Engaging Projects

    Twenty ideas for getting engaging projects going in your classroom.
  • Staying On Task During Project-Based Learning

    Brief daily meetings give students working in groups the structure to hold each other accountable on long-term projects.

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