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October 31, 2017

After years of working with adults in various education contexts (professional learning, schools, community outreach) with Human-Centered Design Methods like Learner-Centered Design and Design Thinking....my colleagues and I have noticed our learners often experience s...

January 3, 2017

Project Based Learning is a methodology of teaching and learning in which students respond to real-world challenges, problems, controversies, scenarios and simulations through a process of focused, student-influenced inquiry with the goals of:

•genuine student engageme...

As teachers, let’s borrow from the branding successes of major companies who use storytelling to successfully brand themselves and their products. We, as teachers, can also tell stories to brand our classroomsas well as the learning experiences that will take place the...

December 15, 2015

Background

Wm. E. Hay is a Secondary School in Stettler, Alberta. It has 5 vocational programs (Fabrication, Building Construction, Automotives, Foods and Cosmetology) that are taught by staff who have an Education degree as well as Journeyman status in their chosen tra...

May 5, 2015

Another Project idea from a guest author! Thank you An for submitting this cool project idea for a French I class. 

Title: A Fabulous Foray into French Fashion

Grade: 8

Type of Project: Design Challenge 

Context: You are a fashion designer hoping to break into the mar...

August 25, 2014

I am a student in higher education at the

and we do Project-Based Learning. One of the most experiential projects we worked on involved using a carefully-constructed communication technique on a group of autistic individuals. During this project, which we called Struct...

August 20, 2014

It all started at a PBL Workshop not long ago. Ruben attended the workshop thinking he might catch up on emails, do some shopping, etc. "We’ve all been to that PD session. You know, the kind where you can kinda tune out," says Ruben.  But to Ruben’s surprise, he was im...

April 23, 2014

The teacher completed the Project Alignment Guide in which the teacher aligned products to learning outcomes to instruction to assessment. Now, it's time to build out the calendar. ​You have been able to see the project design process play out in this fictitious, but c...

April 10, 2014

In the first post, you had access to a snapshot of a PBL idea. How does that fit into the larger project planning process? Let's take a look at the Project Planning Process.​​​​

PHASES OF PROJECT PLANNING​​

PHASE 1 – BIG PICTURE PLANNING

  • Select Academic Learning Outco...

April 2, 2014

Part 1 - Check out this snapshot of a World Geography Project developed by teachers in Texas!

What I like - It's content rich, it creates a strong need to know, while the scenario is fictitious, the teacher has created an authentic connection with experts for the creati...

November 13, 2013

While project-based learning is a phenomenal way to contextualize learning in meaningful ways, not all content is made equal. I’ve been involved in designing hundreds of projects. All too often during the design process, projects just come together naturally. Sometimes...

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