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Upcoming Conference Presentations
2015 PBL Workshop
Administrator's Round Table
Amphitheater Teaching & Learning Conference
CFF Social Studies Keynote 2009
CFF Bootcamp Keynote 2010
CFF Bootcamp Lesson 2010
CFF Collaboration Day 2009
Honors Students and PBL
Honors, AP, and IB Resources
PETE & C 2009
PETE & C 2010
PBL Three-Hour Institute
Summer 09 Workshops
Standards Aligned System for Higher Education Institute
TCEA Area 7 Conference
Web 2.0 Integration
Capstone Course Project
PBL Articles and Research
PBL Leadership Materials
Virtual Student Work Review
The Advanced Placement Curriculum in a Project Based Learning Environment
"There is a profound disconnect between what students are taught and tested on in most high schools today and how they are expected to learn, versus what the world will demand of them as adults and what motivates them to do their best."
--- Tony Wagner, The Global Achievement Gap
The Broken Escalator:
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Materials are available for download
Links to videos and success stories
Forum to ask specific questions, including AP/GATE
What is PBL?
"The Main Course" of the unit
Engaging in meaningful discovery of an authentic based curriculum
Demonstration of learning NOT a memorization of facts!
The building of 21st Century Skills (Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking)
Misconceptions about PBL - Especially in an AP Environment
I can't cover enough material
It's fun, but where is the real learning?!
There is no individual accountability
It takes up too much time
I already do PBL....
Success Stories of PBL in AP Courses
University of Washington and Bellvue, WA schools (Government)
Integrating PBL into an Advanced Environmental Chemistry Course
Regional Educational Laboratory Program/U.S. Dept. of Ed. (Economics)
Final Exams Disappearing from Higher Ed....
Environmental Studies Joshua Tree National Park
Tools of PBL Design
Begin with the End in Mind
How does the political system of today reflect the ideological and philosophical traditions inspired by the Framers of the Constitution?"
Create a "Need to Know"
Higher Order Thinking Skills - Create not memorize
Don't just answer questions - Create new questions and solve problems!
What do we need to know and why?
21st Century Skills
Technology to support the project - not be the project
Critical Thinking, Collaboration, and Communication are key
Student Driven/Teacher Facilitated
Allow for student options
Want to encourage independent thinking
Feedback and Revision
Create checks for students - will lead to higher quality work
Teacher and class are NOT enough!
Professionals, peers from around the country and world, lower level grades, etc.
High School Example: Media Saves the Beach:
Example AP Projects
: Some of the projects would need to be adapted to fit the BIE 8 needed categories in order to be considered PBL. They are, however, an excellent starting point for ideas.
(Various Bio and Chem projects)
(Mostly science, but some social studies)
(Online History Museum that included podcasts for the virtual tour)
(APUSH summer reading assignment)
Project Planning Form
Please download the project planning form from BIE to help you get started in planning your PBL assignment:
Please post any question on the PBL Edmodo Community
Lost Generation Video:
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