Project Based Learning - Solving Real World Problems

I love the concept of Project based Learning. It gives meaning to student learning as students are involved in solving real-world problems or challenges. As students apply 21st Century Skills, they retain what they have learned and experienced through Project Based Learning. My third and fourth graders gained more understanding in how to use technology as a tool as they became young entrepreneurs and inventors.

Your students can take part in solving real world problems with project based learning. In this post, you can learn about the elements and resources as you dive into PBL.






Your students can take part in solving real world problems with project based learning. In this post, you can learn about the elements and resources as you dive into PBL.


Project Based Learning is a "teaching method in which students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to a complex question, problem, or challenge."

Elements of Project Based Learning:
- Content - Students are taught skills in the core content of their subject area. This includes Common Core Standards or individual state standards.
- 21st Century Skills - These competencies are addressed: problem solving, critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and creativity/innovation.
- Inquiry - Asking in-depth questions, using various types of resources, and developing answers to the questions
- Driving Question - The students develop an open-ended question. This is what the project is about and the foundation of their research. 
- Knowledge - Students need to gain information in order to answer the Driving Question and create their products.
- Creativity - Students have input in developing their products and how they go about gathering information. This is guided by the teacher.
- Evaluation - Students are evaluated by themselves, peers and the teachers on how well they answered the driving question
- Presentation - Students give a formal presentation on their project. This is planned in detail. 

Resources
- Edutopia
- Learning Reviews
- PBL Super Highway
- Tony Vincent


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