Tuesday, December 14, 2010

An Explanation of Project Based Learning

The Buck Institute for Education, BIE, has a video on Project Based Learning.  They had the animation company, Common Craft, create the video explaining Project Based Learning.  This video revels the importance of teaching and developing the 21st Century Skills of collaboration, communication, and critical thinking through Project Based Learning.

Here's the description of the video from BIE.  
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 21st Century Skills (such as collaboration, communication & critical thinking).

This video from BIE goes hand in hand with the TED talk I posted yesterday from Dan Meyer.  By simply taking away the mathematical framework and given information that we usually provide students in math problems, we create a totally new problem solving situation that invites collaboration, communication, and critical thinking.  In the process, we also get students excited about problem solving and discussing mathematics by involving them in more realistic, "real-life" problem solving situations. 

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An Explanation of Project Based Learning by Love of Learning Educational Services, LLC is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
Based on a work at www.bie.org.

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