- A narrow curriculum creates a disconnect with students, but PBL and 21st century technology engages students in active learning.
- Students can use blogs for assessment instead of a traditional multiple choice test.
- Through blogs, students are able to participate in projects around the world.
- The question is an important piece of blended learning and should get their attention.
- Teachers can learn a lot through their own reflection.
- Video podcasts can be used for students to watch lectures independently.
Amazon Video (Look for the video link on the bottom left)
- By using a headline, students can reflect upon, and summarize a video they watched.
- By giving students open ended questions, the students can come up with amazing perspectives.
- Students can work together to think and summarize a topic, instead of a teacher standing at the front of the class, summarizing it for them.
Super Digital Citizen
- It is important to teach students internet safety and ethics, and it can be done in a fun way.
- Increase student interest by making the project relevant and something that the students are passionate about.
- Get students to reflect and share within groups before presenting ideas to the entire class.
- High school level classes can be combined for PBL, if administration is on board.
- Use PBL as the tool for students to discover content, not an 'add-on' project.
- Using PBL students learn more than just the prescribed curriculum.
Roosevelt Elementary's PBL program
- Even in kindergarten students can learn the skills of public speaking and being a good audience.
- Students learn the social skills of working in teams through PBL.
- PBL does not focus on one subject at a time, but cross curricular integration of learning.
Each time I watch a video about PBL and technology being integrated successfully into schools, I reflect about how I could use those successes in my own classroom when I return to teaching in a couple of years. I liked how the videos included in this blog assignment had experiences from K-12 classrooms. The videos had a range of examples from Paul Anderson's details about a specific project, to Roosevelt Elementary's overview of PBL. I would love to hear what you learned from the videos too, so feel free to leave a comment.