May 14, 2014

PBLWorks “builds the capacity of teachers to design and facilitate quality Project Based Learning and the capacity of school and system leaders to set the conditions for teachers to implement great projects with all students.”

Developed by: Buck Institute for Education

Audience: Educators, administrators, and parents

Potential Use: Professional development

This is a great site for teachers and school leaders of any grade-level to spark ideas on how to incorporate more PBL into their classes and to evaluate existing or plan new projects that will motivate students.


Key Resources

Why PBL: In the About section are two pages, What is PBL and Why PBL, which provide a very nice short overview.

Project-Based Learning Explained: This three and a half minute animated video provides a quick overview of PBL.

Project Design Rubric: This document is designed to evaluate the quality of an existing project using the 8 essential components of PBL.

Project Team Work Plan: This is a planning document for a student team. Don’t forget to use the categories on the right to pull up all the student handouts.

Few pedagogical approaches have been as strongly linked with student motivation and engagement as project-based learning. Student motivation, and the research behind it, is explored in Motivation, Engagement, and Student Voice. This also links to strongly to the Students at the Center framework, specifically “Anytime, Anywhere”.

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