8 Needs For Project-Based Learning In The 21st Century
keys to designing Project-Based Learning. We also have looked at the difference between “doing projects” and project-based learning, various project-based learning resources, project-based learning apps, and offered ways for using an iPad in Project-Based Learning.
practical ideas for better teaching through project-based learning
8. Elegant Curation
Crude curation is saving an email, favoriting a tweet, or pinning randomly to a board no one reads that students will never reference again in the future for anything.
Elegant curation is about saving a “thing” while honoring the thing itself. Showcasing it without losing its meaning or fullness. Somehow capturing both that which is being saved and its context as well–and doing so in a way that makes it accessible to yourself and others as technology continues to change. Not easy.
more on project-based learning in this IMS blog
more on curation in this IMS blog
more on project-based learning in this IMS blog:
How To Start Integrating Coding Into Project Based Learning
PBL Tenet #1: Create Real World Connections
Coding Application: Find a solution to a problem by creating an App or Website
PBL Tenet #2: Foster Critical Thinking
Coding application: Coding requires a series of logical steps
PBL Tenet #3: Structured Collaboration
Coding application: Coding creates learning communities
PBL Tenet #4: Student Driven
Coding application: Perseverance and self teaching are important skills learned through coding
PBL Tenet #5: Multifaceted approach
Coding application: A programming language is only one part of an app or website
Who better to learn about incorporating 3D printing into instruction than from an instructor who taught the curriculum?
Join us on October 26th to hear directly from Assistant Professor Steve Chomyszak who used Stratasys 3D Printing Curriculum to teach a “Special Topics” 3D printing course at the Wentworth Institute of Technology.
During this complimentary webcast, you’ll gain valuable insight into the successes and lessons learned, including:
- Overview of the 14-week project-based 3D printing curriculum
- How an interactive learning environment impacted and inspired WIT students
- How the WIT 3D printing lab went from crickets to buzzing
- How curriculum measured up according to students
- And so much more!
Teachers guide to project based learning
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6 Strategies for Differentiated Instruction in Project-Based Learning
1. Differentiate Through Teams
2. Reflection and Goal Setting
3. Mini-Lessons, Centers, and Resources
4. Voice and Choice in Products
5. Differentiate Through Formative Assessments
6. Balance Teamwork and Individual Work
Understanding Project-Based Learning in the Online Classroom
By: John Orlando, PhD
Also as a LinkedIn discussion: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/4249252/4249252-6101373957234049029
the main value of project-based learning is that it teaches students to ask the right questions. Traditional assignments predefine the information that the students will use. Project-based learning puts students into the position of having to determine what information they need by asking the right questions.
The online environment proves yet another benefit in that it allows for the possibility of creating public results, such as a blog or Wikipedia article. You can also create a class wiki to host the projects. Students are far more invested in work that will be seen by many others than they are in the traditional assignment that is seen by nobody other than the teacher.
Finally, project-based learning constitutes a kind of gamification of learning, and thus has the same benefits that are driving the gamification of education movement. Games allow for short-term failure on the way to a goal without long-term cost, multiple paths to success, and just-in-time information within context of a goal (Gee, 2003; Kiang, 2014).
Project-Based Learning for 3D Printing.
Assistant Professor Steve Chomyszak at the Wentworth Institute of Technology inspired and impacted his students with his “Special Topics” 3D printing course.
Presentation available here
The blog entry title initially was:
Constructivism: Lecture versus project-based learning
Actually, the article is about both lecture and group work finding a niche in the complex process of teaching and learning.
Excellent points, ideas and discussion in and under a recently published article:
Anyone Still Listening? Educators Consider Killing the Lecture
“Professors do not engage students enough, if at all, when trying to innovate the classroom. It’s shocking how out of touch they can be, just because they didn’t take the time to hear their students’ perspectives.”
The article and the excellent comments underneath the article do not address the possibility of cultural differences. E.g., when article cites the German research, it fails to acknowledge that the US culture is pronouncedly individualistic, whereas other societies are more collective. For more information pls consider:
Ernst, C. T. (2004). Richard E. Nisbett. The Geography of Thought: How Asians and Westerners Think Differently … and Why. Personnel Psychology, (2), 504.
Nisbett, R. E. (2009). Intelligence and how to get it : why schools and cultures count / Richard E. Nisbett. New York : W.W. Norton & Co., c2009.
The article generalizes, since another omission is the subject-oriented character of the learning process: there are subjects, where lecture might be more prevalent and there are some where project learning, peer instruction and project-based learning might be more applicable.
from Edutopia: http://t.co/pGPJNbncRe
What’s Inside the PDF?
- Keep It Real with Authentic Products
- Don’t Overlook Soft Skills
- Learn from Big Thinkers
- Use Formative Strategies to Keep Projects on Track
- Gather Feedback — Fast
- Focus on Teamwork
- Track Progress with Digital Tools
- Grow Your Audience
- Do-It-Yourself Professional Development
- Assess Better Together
- BONUS TIP: How to Assemble Your PBL Tool Kit