Project Based Learning

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Project Based Learning

"It’s not about ignoring the testing, the core curriculum or the standards. It’s about allowing students to pick an entry point and helping them discover what you want them to learn."~ Jane Krauss and Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach

Definition"A systematic teaching method that engages students in learning essential knowledge and life-enhancing skills through an extended, student-influenced inquiry process structured around complex, authentic questions and carefully designed products and tasks."

BenefitsEngages students.Motivates students.Allows students to master information literacy skills through a variety of means.Empowers students with freedom to explore various resources.Promotes problem-solving & higher-order thinking skills.Allows students to reach highest levels of Bloom's Taxonomy.Offers flexibility through variation of independent and collaborative work.Maximizes use of instructional resources & time.Easy way to incorporate technology into the curriculum that allows students to change their thinking & experience virtual environments & open-ended lessons.

Classroom TeacherGOAL: To produce capable members of a large and interrelated community; learners that are responsible and self motivated.Act as coach, facilitator, or guide.Teach students how to learn by finding, evaluating, and using informaton they have available to them.Thoughtfully design units.Ask questions and guide students into finding more information, and motivate them to stay interested and involved in their own learning.Ensure that learning does occur.

Project Based Learning

ChallengesCooperative planning between teacher & media specialist requires time, effort, & good communication skills.Timetable & management of the unit.Student grouping.Assessment can be difficult. (Rubrics are helpful.)Information accessibility issues.Reliability & validity of digital resources.Increased opportunity for plagairism.Administrative support.Media specialist flexibility. Adequate funding.Structuring the learning environment.Summative evaluation.

ReferencesOrey. (Spring, 2009). "Resource-Based Learning." Retrieved from https://bb.uwa.eduPBL-Online. Retrieved at"What is Project-Based Learning?" Retrieved from https://bb.uwa.eduCampbell, L., Flageole, P., Griffith, S., & Wojcik, C. (2002). Resource-based learning. In M. Orey (Ed.), Emerging perspecitives on learning, teaching, and technology. Retrieved November, 2013, from

LearnersDrawn to the media & content which best match their processing & learning styles.Select resources that appeal to their own learniing preferences, interests and abilities.More self-sufficient.Actively engaged.Ask productive questions.Synthesize, analyze, interpret, & evaluate information.Effective users of information.

Implementing a PBL UnitStep 1:Clearly identified instructional goals which reflect higher order thinking skills.Step 2:Determine acceptable, challenging but realistic student produced artifacts. Example: timelines, electronic slideshows, dramatic readings, videos, debates, poster board presentations.Step 3:Collaboration with the media specialist in both planning the unit and evaluating student performance and the unit itself. Form a timeline.Step 4:Select relevant, up-to-date, and accessible resources in a variety of formats with the goal of increasing student knowledge, understanding, and skill.Be creative when selecting resources for learners to use!

Library Media SpecialistSelects & acquires curriculum-supported materials.Finds the most appropriate information, map, music, or video from the many available resources.Teaches students how to efficiently use the various resources in order to maximize their potential.



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