Last week, we asked our social media followers to share their favorite
resources for project-based learning. We got nearly two dozen responses from PBL
advocates in our network.
Leading the mentions were online resources from Buck
Institute for Education and Edutopia,
along with their related Twitter ed chats.
Contest winner Chris Beyerle, new tech district extension coach for
Greenville County Schools in Greenville, South Carolina, recommended the website
PBLU. He said it’s his top pick because it
includes exemplar PBL projects right on the landing page and is sponsored by
reputable sources — Buck Institute for Education
and the New York Hall of Science.
“What I like best about this resource is that the projects embrace the true
elements of PBL, including relevant cross-discipline connections, promoting
inquiry student voice and choice reflection, public audience Common Core
standards, and other 21st century skills,” Beyerle said. “After implementing one
of these recommended exemplar projects, teachers will find they provide a nice
roadmap to further the impact of learning outside the walls of their
Community members recommended a number of other PBL sites as well, including
Intel’s Engage community, the Microsoft Educator Network, High Tech High and the Buck Institute’s PBLU. Leaders among the Twitter chat
suggestions were #ElemMathChat,
#COLchat, #tlap, #weirdEd and #eduality.
Other respondents recommended crowdsourcing ideas from
colleagues, parents and community members. They also mentioned a couple of
books, including Project-Based Learning Tasks for Common Core State
Standards and Year Round Project-Based Activities for STEM.
The list also included the Tech2Learn PBL wiki,
Audacity audio editing software, LilyPad’s e-textile components and Antioch University’s
Critical Skills Program.
Suzie Boss, who co-authored Reinventing
Project-Based Learning: Your Field Guide to Real-World Projects in the Digital
Age with Jane Krauss, is a fan of Edutopia’s PBL videos, which take
viewers right into classrooms to see real projects happening.
Krauss explains that the best PBL resources create a bridge from research to
practice and show how validated practices are expressed in the field. Krauss
also likes Edutopia, along with edcamp and #PBLchat, a
Twitter meetup hosted by the New Tech
Network that operates in real time every Tuesday evening and is a standing
hashtag used to filter all aspects of PBL.
“They do a good job of moderating and keeping everybody coming along,” Krauss
said. “And some of the most honored names in PBL show up there.”