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I have been getting a lot of requests asking if I will make a visit to your school, organization, or conference.  While I work in a school district conducting professional development for technology integration, transformation, one to one, and PBL , I also have limited time to work with other districts and present at conferences. I feel my role as a current practitioner with 35 years of educational experience  along with recent advanced degree work at Johns Hopkins University has been valuable to those I work with. I have also consulted for Discovery Education, Buck Institute, ISTE, Alan November Learning, PBS, and am a tech adviser for Tech and Learning Magazine.
I am excited about any way I can assist you in providing professional development and presentations. I have had the opportunity to network and train thousands of educators across the country on topics that include PBL, 21st Century Learning, STEM, Digital Curriculum, One to One, and Educational Transformation. You can see past topic below along with over 150 appearances, presentations, and workshops  I have been involved with across the country. Please note that it is helpful to plan in advance to guarantee needed dates. I  invite your inquiry at: mjgormans@gmail.com. Conference Information

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A. What is an Entry Event? – The BP Oil Spill (10 minutes)
·         http://padlet.com/wall/26yrr6ttw0
Link to Padlet so you can build your own.


B. The Common Core – (5 minutes)

PBL Common Core Article from BIE


C. What is PBL? –( 5 minutes)
Link to BIE (Buck Institute for Education)Video courtesy of BIE


D. What are 8 essentials of PBL? – (55 minutesSignificant Content – (5 min)21 century Skills – (15 min)

Driving Question – (5  min)

Need to Know – (5 min)

In Depth Inquiry – (10 min)

Voice and Choice – (5 min)

Revision and Reflection – ( 5min)

Public Audience – ( 5min)

Links and information for the Eight Essential Elements
BIE Article Link describing the 8 Essentials

Intel Thinking Tools
Link – Click Here To Log In (Use Password and Group ID and Group Password given in Workshop (Teacher ID is mjgormans)
Groups are b40-b60… Password is ( at workshop)

Written Communications*
Lifelong Learning and Self Direction
Ethics/Social Responsibility*
Professional/Work Ethic*
Critical Thinking and Problem Solving*
Oral Communications
Information Technology Application*
Reading Comprehension
Writing in English

Based On… Are They really ready to Work Publication – In collaboration, The Conference Board, Corporate Voices for Working Families, the Partnership for 21st Century Skills, and the Society for Human Resource Management conducted an in-depth study of the corporate perspective on the readiness of new
entrants into the U.S. workforce by level of educational attainment. The study includes results from both an in-depth survey conducted during April and May 2006 and interviews with a sampling of a dozen HR and other senior executives. In addition, a Workforce Readiness Report Card is presented to provide an accessible snapshot  of the basic knowledge and applied skills that are either “deficient” or “excellent” in those areas that employer respondents rate as “very important.”

Management Log In

Article on Intel Thinking Tools 

Grafting the 21st Century Skills 
Content Standards that exist that apply to this project and can be listed as a 21st century skill. These can sometimes be the verbs in your  content standards.

Verb Links Below
21st Century Skill Verbs Link
More Verbs for 21st Century Skills and Blooms

The Four C’s Critical Thinking

Critical Thinking

BIE – The BUCK Institute has a wide variety of rubrics measuring the 21st century skills and other items. Click here for a listing of these Critical Thinking rubrics.

Critical Thinking.org – Wonderful place to learn more about critical thinking. Check out their Assessment and Testing Page filled with some great handouts such as  Criteria for critical thinking assignments. and  Rubrics for assessing student reasoning abilities .

Catalina Foothills Critical Thinking Rubrics –  Catalina Foothills School District created a series of rubrics to assess student critical thinking skills. The rubrics measure critical thinking skills such as comparing, classifying, inductive and deductive reasoning, error analysis, and decision making.
Available from Route 21.


BIE – The BUCK Institute has a wide variety of rubrics measuring the 21st century skills and other items. Click here for a listing of these Creativity and Innovation  rubrics.

A Different Place – This site has some wonderful ideas. Check out their creativity rubric. Also, there are rubrics on: [ deductivereasoning ]  [ goalsetting ] [ higherorderthinking ] [ divergentthinking ]

AACU Creativity Rubric – Another fine document from AACU


BIE – The BUCK Institute has a wide variety of rubrics measuring the 21st century skills and other items. Click here for a listing of these Collaboration rubrics.

New Tech High Collaboration Rubric – New Technology High School created a rubric to assess student collaboration and teamwork skills. The rubric measures collaboration and teamwork by students’ leadership and initiative, facilitation and support, and contributions and work ethic.. Available from Route 21.

BIE Collaboration Rubric – This rubric helps assess students’ collaboration skills in the categories of Responsibility for Oneself, Helping the Team, and Respect for Others.


BIE – The BUCK Institute has a wide variety of rubrics measuring the 21st century skills and other items. Click here for a listing of these Presentation Communication rubrics.

Rio Vista School Communication Rubric –  Rio Vista Elementary uses this rubric to to measure students’ communications skills. It offers strategies for clearly and easily evaluating oral and written communications, as well as the use of presentation tools and technology. Available from Route 21.

BIE Presentation Rubric –   This rubric helps assess students’ presentation skills in the categories of Eye Contact & Physical Presence, Speaking, Organization, Audio/Visual Aids, and Response to Audience Questions.

Click For complete article: How to use BIE’s rubrics to assess 21st century competencies in PBL
John Larmer, BIE Director of Product Development

Driving Questions

  • Driving Questions vs Educationesse –  Article that has been worked on by Michel Gorman 21centuryedtech
  • Driving Question Essential – List to check off when making Driving Question from PBL  Education Associates
  • Jetspost – Article defining concepts of the Driving Question
  • Driving Question Tubric 2.0 –  The DQ TUBRIC 2.0 from BIE is not only a great hands-on activity for teachers during professional development, but it’s also a great collaborative tool to help your students create their own Driving Questions for their projects. So just download it, print it, and build it!Tubric Video – Explains the tubric


Google Advanced Search: Informational Search Engine Google Advanced Search – I often present on the importance of Digital Immigrants (most teachers) facilitating Digital Natives (most k12 students)  in the use of digital technology. You see, I believe that while today’s digital natives have an affinity for using digital tools… they often do not have the life experiences to utilize these tools to their greatest potential. One example I would like to present to you today is the use of Google as a search engine. I have had many an opportunity to watch students perform various searches with Google during my teaching career. I often see what I claim is inefficient input resulting in a multitude of needless results from Google. Assisting our digital natives in the process of searching is something that all of us, as digital immigrants, can help with. We have the life experiences and educational background to help our students fine tune their digital skills and become more productive in research. I would suggest that educators direct students towards the Google Advanced Search Engine even before using the Google Basic Search. In fact, I would further suggest that an Advanced Search be used until students understand how to use these advanced techniques in a Basic Search.  Why? Read on.


Wordle – The original World Cloud Machine… Welcome to a series of posts devoted to the use of Word Clouds. I know you will find new information… whether you are a seasoned user of word clouds, or brand new. I enjoy working with teachers and helping them use word clouds in their lessons because they are a great way to get any teacher started with integrating technology.  In this series of posts I will cover:

12 Valuable Wordle Tips You Must Read…Word Clouds in Education Series: Part 1
170 Ways to Use Word Clouds in the Classroom…Word Clouds in Education Series: Part 2
 9 Amazing Word Cloud Generators For The Classroom …Word Clouds in Education Series: Part 3
Tagxedo: Amazing Word Cloud Generator And 101 Ways To Use It… Word Clouds in Education Series: Part 4

Tagxedo – A word cloud creator with some great features such as printing and saving..


E.  Where are some PBL Sites? – (15 minutes)
Find Project Ideas For PBL

BIE Tools – PBL Project Search – Here you will find a collection of 450 proven lesson plans to set any PBL desire into action. Look at the database found on the right hand side of the page.

West Virginia PBL Project Data Base  – This is a wonderful site where teachers can search through the subjects of reading, language arts, math, science, social studies, dance, visual arts, theater, and music. You can select from grade two all the way through grade twelve. These are PBL projects made by teachers for teachers!

Learning Reviews – This website claims to connect kids to learning on the web. It really connects kids to awesome, engaging, rigorous, and relevant projects. It points to numerous websites on the internet that house some great PBL possibilities. Be sure to check out all of the subjects and grade levels.

Here are more than 30 websites with free PBL examples, guidance, rubrics, and templates.  To see project-based learning lessons sorted by subject go to:


  • Talladega School Collection – Great collection of PBL resources, projects and ideas.
  • PBL Academy – Collection of PBL projects including a concentration of math ideas
  • High Tech High School – Selection of PBL projects from High Tech High in San Diego, California
  • Envision Schools – Collection of projects from Envision Schools
  • Virtual Schoolhouse – Online and blended PBL ideas for projects
  • Edutopia – Article pointing to ideas for High School with regards to PBL
  • Global Schoolhouse – Whether you’re just starting out, or ready for advanced levels — this tutorial will help you  implement collaborative, project-based learning on the Internet.
  • Project Foundry – Any school investigating PBL must take a look. It is the last of my Land Of PBL only because it does carry a cost. Project Foundry is an online learning management and student portfolio system that allows innovative educators to scale authentic, integrated, individualized learning. It really works well in a connected online environment. You will find that this fee-based system includes integration with online tools such as Google Apps and Moodle.
  • Cases Online – A collection of great STEM related activities that will satisfy students at all levels.
  • CIESE – The Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education has wonder units that are PBL based.


F. How do I scaffold PBL? –  ( 5 minutes)

Scaffolding Forms
Scaffolding Form (Teaching and Learning Guide courtesy of the BUCK Institute) – Download as a Word Document and begin filling out for project. You may wish to leave lessons open until we cover Formative Learning in the next workshop.

Project Calendar (Calendar is courtesy of the BUCK Institute) – Download as a Word Document and begin filling out for project

Welcome to a full shoreline selection of  Formative Learning Opportunities  Activity Links. There are two categories of Formative Activities. First are those that are built-in for future success on the ultimate Summative Assessment. These may include check off sheets, conferencing, observations, discussions, exit slips and a multitude of other items including traditional quizzes. There should also be Formative Learning Experiences that might include labs, inquiry, gaming, internet activities, use of manipulatives, simulations, and anything else that could be used as a scaffold for success in the lesson.

Remember that formative is more than assessment… it is learning. It can come in many colors!

1. Activities
2. Simulations
3. Games
4. Reflections
5. Journals
6. Peer review
7. Videos
8. Peer and Teacher interaction
9. Readings
10. Critical and Creative brainstorming and thinking

Thinkfinity –  Verizon Thinkfinity offers comprehensive teaching and learning resources created by content partners – the most respected organizations in each academic subject and literacy. The easy-to-navigate K-12 resources are grade-specific and are aligned with state standards.

ALEX – This is an a marge site that is created and curated by educators in the state of Alabama. Teachers will find entire units along with lesson plans and assets. There is a large number of teacher created material all tied to standards. ALEX really is a wonderful place to begin looking for information. Click on the link and give it a try.

NeoK12 – Wonderful site with multimedia, simulations, and activities to help with formative learning. Blog Link For Write Up. Example

Learn Zillion – See what over 275,000 teachers are using to create powerful learning experiences for students.

Thinkfinity – While the site is going away in some respects check out the Thinkfinity data base search engine on my 21centuryedtech website. You will see the search engine in the right hand column.

Graphite – Common Sense Media welcomes you to Graphite, a platform we created to make it easier for educators to find the best apps, games, and websites for the classroom.

PBS Learning Media – Brand new site filled with lots of resources and videos. Search by grade level and curriculum area. Teachers can create an online classroom filled with outstanding and engaging material.

TED-Ed – In their words, TED-Ed’s commitment to creating lessons worth sharing is an extension of TED’s mission of spreading great ideas. Within the growing TED-Ed video library, you will find carefully curated educational videos, many of which represent collaborations between talented educators and animators nominated through the TED-Ed platform. This platform also allows users to take any useful educational video, not just TED’s, and easily create a customized lesson around the video. Users can distribute the lessons, publicly or privately, and track their impact on the world, a class, or an individual student. TED-Ed’s videos aim to capture and amplify the voices of the world’s greatest educators. To achieve this, we pair extraordinary educators with talented animators to produce a new library of exceptional educational videos. This website, similar to TED.com, is ever-evolving and we depend on you, the TED community, to nominate inspiring teachers that have touched your life or clever animators who have the skills to bring a gifted teacher’s lesson to life.


How to manage? –  (5 minutes)

•First Day
•Temperature Reads
•Community Interaction
•Administrative Support
•Last Day


A.  What are closing ideas? – (10 minutes)
Closing thoughts and resources on website

Reflections on 8 Essentials on Titan Pad  http://titanpad.com/u14nTPz6Uq
Learn more about Titan Pad at this link.

Research on PBL

BIE Research Articles – A large array of research article written and gathered by the BUCK Institute (BIE). A great way to start the research process.

PBL Research Summary –  (from Edutopia) A growing body of academic research supports the use of project-based learning in schools as a way to engage students, cut absenteeism, boost cooperative learning skills, and improve test scores. Those benefits are enhanced when technology is used in a meaningful way in the projects. Following are synopses of a range of studies on project-based learning:

PBL and Advanced Placement – A growing body of academic research supports the use of project-based learning in schools as a way to engage students, cut absenteeism, boost cooperative learning skills, and improve test scores. Those benefits are enhanced when technology is used in a meaningful way in the projects. Following are synopses of a range of studies on project-based learning:

Overview of Research on PBL – This review examines research related to a teaching and learning model popularly referred to as “Project-Based Learning” (PBL).  All of the research on Project-Based Learning has taken place in the past ten years and most of it in just the last few years.  Since there is not a large body of PBL research, the review is inclusive rather than selective. Also available at BIE.

ASCD: Project Based Learning – The core idea of project-based learning is that real-world problems capture students’ interest and provoke serious thinking as the students acquire and apply new knowledge in a problem-solving context. The teacher plays the role of facilitator, working with students to frame worthwhile questions, structuring meaningful tasks, coaching both knowledge development and social skills, and carefully assessing what students have learned from the experience. Advocates assert that project-based learning helps prepare students for the thinking and collaboration skills required in the workplace.

Research Supported PBL Practice – At one New Tech Network high school, strategies backed by research make project-based learning effective and engaging for teachers and students.

NMSA: PBL in Middle Grades –  The focus of this research summary is to foster an understanding of project-based learning (PBL), particularly in mathematics education; to explain the factors for making a conscious decision to implement PBL in middle grades mathematics classrooms; and to provide insights about the possible realized effects when mathematics-based PBL is implemented.

Authentic Intellectual Work and Standardized Test… Conflict or Coexistence – This report is one of a series of special topic reports developed by the Chicago Annenberg Research Project. It presents the results of a study of Chicago teachers’ assignments in mathematics and writing in grades three, six, and eight. The study showed that students who received assignments requiring more challenging intellectual work also achieved greater than average gains on the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills in reading and mathematics, and demonstrated higher performance in reading, mathematics, and writing on the Illinois Goals Assessment ProgramContrary to some expectations, the authors find that high quality assignments were found in some very disadvantaged Chicago classrooms and that all students in these classes benefited from exposure to such instruction. The results suggest that if teachers, administrators, policymakers, and the public-at-large place more emphasis on authentic intellectual work in classrooms, yearly gains on standardized tests in Chicago could surpass national norms.

Project Based Learning for the 21st Century – Project-Based Learning (PBL) is an innovativeapproach to learning that teaches a multitude of strategies critical for success in the twenty-first century. Students drive their own learning through inquiry, as well as work collaboratively to research and create projects that reflect their knowledge. From gleaning new, viable technology skills, to becoming proficient communicators and advanced problem solving


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