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.

PrintPrint
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Pinterest
  • Share
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.

Discuss

Ten Tips for Personalized Learning via Technology

Last comment 4 days 23 hours ago
61 3,009 62,153 views

Seymour Papert: Project-Based Learning

Last comment 4 weeks 22 hours ago
3 418 8,970 views

Blogs Give Students an Audience

Last comment 4 weeks 6 hours ago
41 9 1,125 views

Ten Tips for Personalized Learning via Technology

Mon, 04/26/2010 - 12:32
61 3,009 62,153 views

A Makerspace Built by Elementary Students

Mon, 11/27/2017 - 15:00
2 1,048 10,246 views

Using the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 12:00
1 572 3,433 views

Browse

A group of students discuss a driving question with their teacher.
Article

In Search of the Driving Question

Coming up with the driving question in project-based learning is often the hard part, so we’ve got some ideas to help you craft a great one.

3 550 9,514 views
Students and teachers at the author’s school sit at a table to discuss a project.
Article

Using PBL to Meet C3 Social Studies Standards

Project-based learning aligns with and enhances the College, Career, and Civic Life Framework for Social Studies State Standards.

1 173 2,805 views
Several high school students seated at a table in discussion with an adult.
Article

Real-World Applications of Classroom Learning

Project-based learning ideas that have your students collaborate with peers around the world and apply their learning to make a difference.

391 7,490 views
A collage of four photos of students and staff at Iowa BIG High School around campus
Article

Partnership Strategies for Real-World Projects

Students gain by taking on interdisciplinary projects with community nonprofits, businesses, and government agencies.

588 5,232 views
Illustration of a clock taking off like a rocket, with pens, paper, a tablet computer, and other items in a cloud above it
Article

Standards-Aligned Genius Hour

Give your students a chance to follow their own interests with projects that meet state standards.

9 1,811 12,315 views
Children smile as one of their peers makes a presentation.
Article

New Study Shows the Impact of PBL on Student Achievement

Researchers in Michigan show that project-based learning in high-poverty communities can produce statistically significant gains in social studies and informational reading.

18 6,736 37,115 views
Project-Based Learning: Raising Student Achievement for All Learners
Article

Projects That Have Been Put to the Test

A team of researchers created and tested four social studies units that improved achievement among students in high-poverty schools. See how they did it—and download their curriculum.

2 344 13,856 views

Pages

A closeup of a female teacher standing in front of a projector. It looks as if she's addressing her class, speaking, with her hands out, gesturing.
Article

How to Write Effective Driving Questions for Project-Based Learning

Good driving questions are written to help guide the teacher and the student.

3 211 136,017 views
photo of a young woman with a spirograph-like toy
Article

What the Heck Is Project-Based Learning?

In project-based learning, students show what they learn as they journey through the unit, interact with its lessons, collaborate with each other, and assess themselves and each other.

45 3,166 130,863 views
article

Why Teach with Project-Based Learning?: Providing Students With a Well-Rounded Classroom Experience

Project-based learning helps students apply what they learn to real-life experiences and provides an all-around enriching education.

95 400 121,569 views
Teacher with students gathered around her looking at computer.
article

Resources and Tools for PBL Start to Finish

Educators from Manor New Technology High School in Manor, Texas, part of the New Tech Network of schools, have provided these resources and tools for project-based learning.

2 1,043 120,838 views
An Introduction to Project-Based Learning
video

An Introduction to Project-Based Learning

In this hands-on approach to teaching, students create schoolwork that demonstrates core subject knowledge.

30 576 117,599 views
Three girls smiling behind a laptop
article

A Step-by-Step Guide to the Best Projects

Discover a project-based learning model that motivates students to pursue knowledge and drives academic achievement.

21 2,106 116,485 views
article

Why Is Project-Based Learning Important?

The many merits of using project-based learning in the classroom with our Project-Based Learning Professional Development Guide.

8 442 115,850 views

Pages

Girls testing wing strength using plywood
Article

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.

15 214 61,248 views
Article

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...

1 2 4,539 views