Monday, July 11, 2016

Learning about Making PBL Personal

Project-Based Learning (PBL) has been around for many years, and now it is being implemented with authentic learning where learners delve into deeper learning.

For years, PBL focused on learners completing projects where they created the same product. Most projects were due after a unit of study was completed. These projects were directed by the teacher and did not involve authentic learning experiences. Today, PBL has morphed into creating deeper learning opportunities that are truly about the process and allow learners to learn at their own pace.

Now,  PBL encourages learners to play, experiment, choose and do tasks meaningful to them as they collaborate on community and global issues. Their evidence of learning comes when learners have the freedom to collect resources, brainstorm questions and own their learning. Project-Based Learning and Personalized Learning are the perfect partnership to inspire and create deeper learning.

We wanted to investigate Project-Based Learning with our #plearnchat PLN and tonight we came together to engage in a discussion about Project-Based Learning centered around our big question: 

"How do you encourage learner voice and choice in PBL activities?”

Here are some thoughts and ideas that educators shared in our chat tonight: 

Laura Ramsbottom @lramsbot

Assessment & reflection should be embedded in the process. Where are we at? Where do we want to go? What new Qs do we have? 

Nancy White @NancyW

Having authentic audience to provide feedback to PBL projects is powerful. Students weigh this against own goals in reflection.

Erin English, Ed.D. @eenglished

The hardest part of changing the student and teacher interaction is to not look for the first and best answer.

Greg Richards @jazzmeister2013

Responsibility in PBL makes the learning authentic, relevant, real. Adds value to the process; builds appreciation for the growth.

Congratulations to Toni Olivieri-Barton for winning our book, Make Learning Personal.

Toni Olivieri-Barton @toniobarton is a Library Technology Educator at Fountain Valley School. Previously, she was as a librarian/media specialist and IB Coordinator at Woodmen-Roberts Elementary School in Colorado Springs and before that worked in Shanghai, China as technology coordinator at Shanghai Community International School.  In 2011 she won an ISTE Award in On-Line Learning. As a Flat Classroom Certified Teacher, Edmodo Ambassador and Certified Trainer, and Graphite Certified Educator, Toni has brought global collaboration projects to her school and also maintains a blog about technology integration.

Professional Blog:
Linkedin: Toni Olivieri-Barton
Toni's wiki

We go deeper into Project-Based Learning in our new book, How to Personalize Learning, to be released Fall 2016. We discuss how to encourage voice and choice along with learner strategies for each element of PBL  It is now available for pre-order at a discount.

Save the Date

Our next #plearnchat (Learn, Unlearn, Relearn)
Monday, July 25th at 4pm PST, 5pm MST, 6pm CST and 7pm EST.

We archived the entire #plearnchat about Making PBL Personal below for your convenience and as a resource.