Show it Off: Students Presenting Products to Audiences

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Show it Off: Students Presenting Products to Audiences

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OverviewProject Based Learning (PBL) presents significant content to students through authentic projects that teach and reinforce 21st century skills. PBL presents students with a driving question, which they must research through in-depth inquiry. With this inquiry, students create a product that they present to a public audience. Students are given an appropriate degree of voice and choice. Throughout the PBL experience, students are given opportunities to revise and reflect on their products. One of the six aspects of project based learning is public audience. As students create and complete their work and products, they are to present their works to an authentic, public audience. This increases students’ intrinsic motivation, and makes the project more authentic, realistic, relevant, and meaningful to the students.

Show it Off: Students Presenting Products to Audiences

Why have students present to a public audience? 1. Increases instrinsic motivation2. Increases meaningfulness of project3. Increases relevancy of project

Click here to view the Buck Institute for Education's page on PBL.

How to find an audience/expert: - Use to locate local business representatives or professionals that do what you teach. Try emailing their secretaries. - Contact local college professors who could be considered experts on topics related to the project topic.-Call or email organizations, community volunteers, and community representatives. -Contact teachers from other schools and set up a time to present to another class either in person or on Skype. -Compile a contact list of experts to save for future use.

Model presentations from the Buck Institute for Education...Kindergarten8th Grade

Click here to read Levy's report.

High Tech High: -San Diego, CA-5200 students, 500 employees-An organization of 12 schools K-12-98% of grads continue to college-Focus on holistic instruction and PBL-All PBL projects are presented to public audience-Click here to view HTH's PBL projects

Additional conversations on public audiences:-Jim Moulton's experience with middle schoolers-John Larmer and John R. Mergendoller's seven essentials

Steven Levy, school designer for Expeditionary Learning Schools, helped a sixth grade Spanish teacher integrate public audience into her summative assessment. This sixth grade teacher had tried numerous interactive activities in her classroom, but each activity was met with student resistance. Worn out and disappointed, this teacher began to teach through worksheets as a last resort. When Levy heard of her situation, he suggested the public audience aspect of PBL. Rather than learn Spanish through worksheets, her students wrote and illustrated Spanish children's books for youth in San Juan Cotzal. The results were undeniable: students were intrinisically motivated, entirely invested, and saw a need for their work to be done.

"When student work culminates in a genuine product for an authentic audience, it makes a world of difference in student engagement, learning, and achievement" (Levy, 2008).

Additional Resources: An expert's words about PBLPodcasting in EducationProjects relating to global issues, authentic assessment




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