A. Introduction to Networked Project-Based Learning
1. What is Project Based Learning (PBL)?
In research conducted by the AutoDesk Foundation, teachers
from seventeen schools agreed that PBL exhibited similar characteristics:
Characteristics of project- based learning
make decisions within a prescribed framework.
a problem or challenge without a predetermined solution.
design the process for reaching a solution.
are responsible for accessing and managing the information they gather.
takes place continuously.
regularly reflect on what theyre doing.
final product (not necessarily material) is produced and is evaluated for quality.
classroom has an atmosphere that tolerates error and change.
students engaged in a project...
- ...have some choice in deciding
what they will work on.
their own project.
in defining criteria and rubrics to assess their project.
problems they encounter while working on their project.
some sort of presentation of their project.
The project-based learning approach creates
a "constructivist" learning environment in which students construct their
own knowledge. Whereas in the "old school" model the teacher was
the task master -- in the "new school" model the teacher becomes the
facilitator. See graphic comparing two models.