Get Started with PBL! OUSD Workshop Page
Today’s Challenge: Start (or refine) an engaging and educational PBL project you can implement almost immediately.
1. Introductions and Inspiration (10m)
- Teachers are miracle workers by Taylor Mali (4.31)
- The Samsung solution to traffic accidents (2m)
- A long journey in short, from center to side stage with PBL. See details on this blog, and a post about how to get started.
- What do you want from this workshop?
2. What IS Project Based Learning (PBL)? (20mins)
- Innovation in the real world – IDEO makes a better shopping cart: IDEO video clip (8.11m) with a PBL kick-off lesson plan from TED-Ed
- Buck Institute’s “Project Based Learning Explained” 3.49
- Edutopia’s blog post “What the Heck is Project Based Learning?”
- Buck Institute’s detailed definition and ‘Gold Standard Design Elements of PBL’ inc. diagram and explanations.
- Edutopia’s Five Keys to PBL introduction (6.30) + in-depth explorations lower on the web page.
Explore, research, discuss with a partner.
Write examples and attributes for each column on Post-its. Post on front board.
Write a 2 sentence definition on little whiteboards, and report out.
3. PBL, Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards prepare students for the 21st Century (10mins)
Edutopia’s “Building Rigorous Projects that are Core to Learning“(2 mins)
NextLesson’s CCSS and NGSS standards browser to match to projects.
KQED Mind/Shift on the value of failure that is implicit in PBL.
Explore. Post-it note surprises, questions, comments. Add to Is/Is not board and to the Venn subset/superset diagram.
4. YOUR TURN: Get started/refine a PBL project for your class this quarter. (60mins)
a. PBL examples and sources of inspiration across the curriculum.
- Problems and needs of the class, school and local community.
- Current events.
- Stuff kids love – pets, friends, being outside, watching nature, video games, food, fashion, helping others and being genuinely useful.
- Topics/standards you need to teach.
- Museums especially the Exploratorium both exhibits but check out cool stuff for kids in the museum shops.
- Toy stores.
- A back to school “Awakening Your Dreamers” PBL project from Suzie Boss’s Edutopia blog.
- “10 Ready-to-Borrow Project Ideas” also from Suzie Boss’s blog.
- NextLesson searchable data base of projects.
- BI’s PBLU with customizable projects
- IDEO‘s web page
- Innocentive crowd sourcing, challenges and competitions (for adults and anyone).
b. How to write a compelling Driving Question or Challenge
- Define (See BIE’s Project Design Rubric pdf). See blog post “How to Write Effective Driving Questions” from Edutopia.
- Brainstorm based on your curriculum, interests and school community/environment. What are some local problems and needs? See the ‘Tubric‘ pdf from BIE.
- Weed for relevance to your curriculum/standards and engagement. See BIE’s Project Design Rubric. See also “How to Refine Driving Questions” blog post that follows the last one from Edutopia.
c. Outline a possible PBL Project
- Define the end product.
- Brainstorm processes/C21st skills you want to teach and nurture. Include the 3 Cs: Collaboration, Choice and Check-Points.
- Concept-map possible links to curriculum content and standards (do this in more detail later).
- Fun and playfulness
- Real-world connection and meaning (how the project will help make the world a better place)
- Hands-on and outside opportunities.
- Wider community connections
- Student choice
- Time and support to ‘fail’ and modify.
- Student interaction and collaboration
- Inquiry (open-ended questions, iteration)
- Critical thinking opportunities inc. research.
- Make it manageable for YOU.
e. Start planning
- To Do list/Shopping List
- Timeline and weave into existing curriculum outline. (7th grade science example)
- Backward plan on a school calendar.
- Write an ‘elevator pitch’ for your administrator and parents.
5. Share what you’ve got. (by 2.45)
6. More resources for ‘how to’
- BI’s video clip of PBL and PBL PD resources.
- Stanford University Design Thinking Crash Course (for adults/business – id what can be used in a class project to prepare kids for high paying jobs of the future.)
7. Build OUSD’s PBL Community (2.55)
- OUSD E mail list
- Sign up for alerts from this blog page for comments
- Edutopia’s PBL community
- Managing Projects from a BIE blog + webinar
- Follow Buck Institute on Twitter @BIEpbl and #pbl
- BIE’s suggestions for getting connected with PBL communities online
- Edutopia’s curated PBL Pintrest board
- Coffee at Starbucks by Safeway on the Third Thursday of the month from 4-5pm. First coffee is Thursday, Sept.18th.