Agenda And Resources
Agenda and Resources … PBL Splash
Idea One: Introduction and Foundation (15 minutes)
- Norms – Open Minded… Focused…. Collaborative… Constructive… Productive
- Introducing our Group
Idea Two: Honoring Past Knowledge( 15 minutes)
- Show your sketch
- John Dewey – ““All genuine learning comes through experience.”
- Looking back at education
Idea Three Creating a Vision(10 minutes)
- Vision Activity (Poster or GoFormative)
Idea Four: Defining PBL (30 minutes)
- PBL vs LBP (The project is the main act… not the encore)
- Introduction – Three PBL Models (Document)
- Comparing – Three PBL Models
- Further Links (BIE 8 Essential Change and BIE Gold Standards)
Idea Five: The Building Blocks of PBL (60 minutes)
- Things I like activity
- The ABC’s of PBL discussion (ABC’s of PBL Document)
- ABC Reflection of past practice (Vetting Document)
Resources For A-G
A = Authentic Learning
- Real World
- Purposeful… The …So what
- Relevant to the Here and Now
- Audience and Mentors
- Kids can make a Difference – An educational program for middle- and high school students, focuses on the root causes of hunger and poverty, the people most affected, solutions, and how students can help.
- You Tube – Search YouTube for relevant and engaging possibilities.
- Online Newspapers – Look at the newspaper for curriculum connections… or search for those connections with Google News
B= Blended in Technology
- Analog Tools
- Digital Substitution and/or Augmentation
- Digital Modification and/or Replacement
- Digital Tools beyond the device
- Wordle or Tagxedo – Use one App really well and in multiple ways. My pick was always a Word Cloud Machine such as the websites Wordle or Tagxedo. Take a moment to read my article that states 200 Ways To Use Word Clouds In The Classroom.
- Imagination Foundation Cardboard Challenge – Take a break from digital technology and devices and find a way to bring old fashion technology in the classroom such as… cardboard!
- SAMR Model – •Get To Know the SAMR Model… begin with good substitution. Do not worry about what category you are in. Be willing to allow student to work ahead of your technology capabilities.
C= Centered on Student
- Voice and Choice
- Student Culture
- Google Drive Slide Show – Jigsaw a lecture using Google Drive.
- Common Sense Education (Formerly Graphite – •Allow students to use an app or program to demonstrate learning… even if you do not know it
- Google Custom Search Engine – Why not have your students research and create their own search engine after vetting websites in a certain subject area. It is easy to learn how!
- D = Developmental and Formative
- •Process over Product
- •Cycles of Formative Learning
- •Map for Learning
- Students Reflect On a 21century Competency Rubric – Be sure to visit the BUCK Institute (BIE) and check out their rubrics. The link will take you there. Have students reflect on one portion of the rubric. It can be an exit ticket or a journal exercise.
- GoFormative – •A tool to get real time feedback in a multitude of ways on any device. Very easy to use.
- Habits of the Mind Institute – Take a moment to become familiar with these important “Habits of the Mind” that will encourage the important thinking and metacognition to support “genuine learning”.
E = Endless Inquiry
- The Open Question
- Student Investigation
- Spiraling Questions and Answers
- Skill Based
- The Right Question Institute – Inquiry is the foundation for great thinking and metacognition. Here you will learn to not just answers, but also how to construct great questions which will lead your students to “genuine
- Google Advanced Search – Stop sending your students to just the Basic Search… instead show them how to use the Google Advanced Search. I have an article to get you started.
- Genius Hour – This site might just help you get started in providing students the opportunity to learn how to learn while practicing self-regulation. Best of all, it supports that important voice and choice along with spiraling inquiry! It really encourages that important Maker’s Culture.
F = Focused on Connections
- One or More College and Career Concepts
- At least One Community Focus (school… local… world)
- One or More Standard from Another Discipline(s)
- iEarn – Join interactive curriculum-based groups where students are creating, researching, sharing opinions and becoming global citizens.
- Finland Research Article – Read how Finland is pushing to ditch single class subjects.
- Roots and Shoots – Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots is the Jane Goodall Institute’s (JGI) global youth-led community action program, comprised of thousands of young people as they connect knowledge and service with the real world.
G = Grounded in Standards and Assessment
- Curricular Content
- 21st Century Skills
- Formative and Summative Assessment
- Intentional and Aligned
- OER Commons – A great place for open and free content aligned to the standards.
- The Padagogy Wheel – A wonderful wheel full of great verbs for doing, aligned activities, and amazing tech apps. Best of all it aligns with SAMR and Blooms.
- P21 – Become familiar with the amazing site that focuses on the 4C’s. You will find research, rubrics, and some wonderful ideas.
- 21centuryedtech – Don’t miss my site for the very best in practical information as you continue your steps! You will find articles that bring all the A-G Blocks together
Did you enjoy the resources? Take some time take another look at all of the seven block that so important to student learning. I have listings for A-G information and even 10 resources for each!. Also, consider contacting me at (firstname.lastname@example.org) for your next professional development. I look forward to being a part of your school’s or organization’s inservice!
- A is for Authentic
- B is for Blended with Technology
- C is for Centered on Student
- D is for Developmental and Formative
- E is for Endless Inquiry
- F is for Focused on Connections
- G is for Grounded in Standards
Idea Six: Exploration (20 minutes)
- PBL Resources
- 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 but also click on the home tab to view the entire site.
- 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!
- Edutopia –This link brings you to a wonderful PBL treasure chest of ideas, resources, and research.
- 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:
- PBL Language Arts Projects by grade level
- PBL Science Lesson Ideas by topic
- PBL Math Project Ideas by topic
- PBL Social Studies Project Ideas by grade level
More BIE Resources
Idea Seven: Reflection/Group Wisdom (10 minutes)
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About Michael Gorman
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Michael Gorman is a graduate of Western Michigan University, Indiana University, and Johns Hopkins University. He has overseen a one to one laptop programs and digital professional development for Southwest Allen County Schools near Fort Wayne, Indiana. He is also a consultant for Discovery Education, ISTE, PBS Learning Media, and November Learning. He is also on the National Faculty for BIE (BUCK Institute) and an Adviser for Tech & Learning Magazine. Mike’s awards have included district Teacher of the Year and Indiana state Teacher of the Year semi-finalist. He has also been awarded Indiana STEM Educator of the Year, Advocate for Johns Hopkins University. and was recently awarded the honor of being one of Microsoft’s 365 Global Education Heroes. Mike has presented at ISTE in Washington DC, Denver, CO, Philadelphia, PA, San Diego, CA, Atlanta, GA, and San Antonio, TX. Other presentations include Alan November’s BLC in Boston, the National Middle School Conference in Indianapolis, CELL’s Education Transformation Conference in Indianapolis, the Illinois Computer Conferences in Chicago and St Charles, Illinois, the National STEM Institute in Washington DC, and NCA, CUE, MEC, ICE, and IMLEA in Indianapolis. He has participated in Project VISM at James Madison University and Project Lead the Way at the Rochester Institute of Technology. His pursuit of 21st-century learning has included leading an Indiana ISTE state delegation on Capitol Hill in Washington DC, presenting at the Indiana State Rotunda Day for technology, and participation in efforts to initiate a PBL organization for middle schools in Indiana. He has also moderated and presented webinars through The BUCK Institute, ISTE, ICE, Indiana DOE, PBS, Classroom 2.0, and Discovery Education. Mike provides PD across the country for PBL, STEM, and technology integration through the BUCK Institute, November Learning, and Discovery Education. He was recently included in the book “Who Owns the Learning” authored by Alan November. Mike maintains his award-winning 21centuryedtech Blog and also posts articles at Tech and Learning Magazine and November Learning. He is the past president of OLN (ISTE) and past communication chair for ICE in Indiana Most of all, Mike continues to advocate for teachers and students while concentrating efforts at transforming education and bringing 21st Century Skills to every classroom.
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