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Digital Learning Day Tip of the Day: Check out Project-Based Learning Frameworks and Sample Lessons in the Teacher and Librarian Toolkit

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January 09, 2012 06:21 pm


Project Based Learning (PBL) affords many opportunities for teachers to personalize learning for students and allow students to use critical thinking and collaboration to learn about cross-curricular topics and address standards. Technology and digital learning can expand the potential opportunities for students and teachers with PBL. The PBL section of the toolkit provides frameworks from national experts and also content specific lesson examples. You can view the details at:

Highlights include:

  • The Buck Institute for Education (BIE) is dedicated to improving teaching and learning throughout the world by creating and disseminating products, practices and knowledge for effective Project Based Learning (PBL). Online resource for PBL: contains tutorials on the “nuts and bolts” of PBL, designing and managing a high quality project, and a collection of already created project plans. In Project Based Learning (PBL), students go through an extended process of inquiry in response to a complex question, problem, or challenge. Rigorous projects help students learn key academic content and practice the deeper learning skills needed for the 21st century (such as collaboration, communication & critical thinking).
  • Interdisciplinary STEM Education that provides links to a number of modules related to STEM education for elementary, middle, and high school level students. Many of these modules are interdisciplinary between the STEM fields and have hands-on approaches to applying techniques from different content areas. Examples of modules include designing batteries, learning about vehicle design, measuring wind speed, and investigating the importance of water.
  • Holocaust Study Tour Blog, created at New Milford High School in New Jersey, provided students with the opportunity to travel abroad each year and critically reflect on their learning while students, teachers, parents, and other stakeholders comment back here in NJ and all over the world.
  • The Mechanical Energy Physics Project, created by Peter Bohacek, uses high speed video to determine whether a roller coaster is an example of a system in which mechanical energy is conserved. Students use frame counting to measure the speed of a roller coaster as it heads up a hill, and then measure the speed as the roller coaster comes back down the hill. The outcome of the measurements depends on which part of the roller coaster they measure because a motor continues to propel the roller coaster until it begins to climb the hill.

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Sara White Hall is the director of the Center for Secondary School Digital Learning and Policy at the Alliance for Excellent Education.


One Comment

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    Terri Stile
    Posted 6 years ago

    I would like to use this article to advocate for project-based learning in my school district.

    PS Your toolkit was referenced on p.9 of the NMC Horizon Report > 2014 K-12 Edition.

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