The 21st century classroom experience is getting better by the day. We've got tablets and SmartBoards, apps and MOOCs, adaptive learning platforms and so much more. But one of the things that I'm most excited about is project-based learning. We all learn best by doing, and in a PBL classroom, students are transformed from passive listeners to active thinkers; kids become curious creators, charged with putting their knowledge to work in order to solve authentic, engaging, and inspiring problems. The PBL classroom brings learning to life, and challenges students to think critically and work collaboratively just like we all do as adults.
So, where do we start? Well, as it turns out, there are a ton of amazing, free PBL resources available. Here are some of our favorites ...
The Buck Institute for Education offers PBL support programs to help develop a classroom, school and district culture focused on producing college and workforce ready 21st century learners. With workshops, videos, articles and more, anyone can learn about PBL on this amazing website. Plus, they offer an amazing database of project ideas and resources to help any teacher get started!
PBLU is a free resource from the people at BIE (in cooperation with the Hewlett Foundation) that's out there to get the PBL ball rolling. With teacher training videos, and a small but rich selection of project resources, PBLU has everything any instructor needs to get started. It's almost like the kiddy pool of project-based learning - a really great, supportive, not intimidating introduction to the PBL world!
Teach21 from the West Virginia Department of Education features over 50 project ideas for students in 2nd grade through high school. Teachers can also search the site by content area or grade level. Pretty excellent!