Taking Project Based Learning Schoolwide – Podcast Episode 171 | Classnotes Podcast Episode 171

Classnotes Podcast (April 13, 2017) Project based learning is not new. But more and more schools are seeing its benefits in changing the culture of instruction, increasing test scores and increasing student engagement. IDRA’s Chief IT Strategist, Mark Barnett talks in this episode about the conditions that need to be in place for project based learning to have these results. The key is for a strong leader to facilitate schoolwide implementation across content areas while giving teachers the support they need to apply PBL to the standards they are focused on. Mark is interviewed by Aurelio M. Montemayor, M.Ed., IDRA senior education associate. Send comments to podcast@idra.org. Sign up to receive free e-mail notices when new episodes are available. Show length: 13:52 min.

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Resources

Project Based Learning for Student Success – Teaching Across Content Areas for Diverse Learners, by Mark Barnett

Community Projects, Youths and Academic Learning – Student Voice in Solutions to Challenging Problems, by Aurelio M. Montemayor, M.Ed., Bronce Yahir Márquez, Andrea Guadalupe Guzmán and Litzy Castro

Project Based Learning – Changing Learning Paradigms One Lesson at a Time, by Nilka Avilés, Ed.D., and Nadiah Al-Gasem, Ph.D.

Get our graphic on the 8 elements of PBL lessons

Get info on IDRA’s PBL professional development

See our photo slideshow with highlights from the students’ PBL work

Getting Smart Podcast features student stories about their experiences with project-based learning (PBL), an interview with the teacher of Flight by Design and interviews with education leaders Bob Lenz and John Larmer of Buck Institute for Education (BIE) about project-based learning and the impact PBL has on student achievement.

Podcast: A Teacher Tells How Project-Based Learning Has Impacted Her Teaching, by Drew Perkins, Director of TeachThought Professional Development

12 Timeless Project-Based Learning Resources (July 6, 2013)

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Show Notes

  • Mark talks about how he got started in project based learning (PBL).

  • Mark considers the benefits of PBL for students, including the development skills in teamwork and technology, and giving presentations.

  • Mark explains the challenges that teachers first face when diving into project based learning.

  • Mark and Aurelio discuss the importance of teachers planning and collaborating on PBL initiatives across academic disciplines, and the importance of a strong leader who can “move obstacles out of the way” to make that happen.

  • Mark identifies the key tasks and responsibilities for teachers in sustaining effective PBL programs.

  • Mark shares the story of a standout PBL project from a seventh-grade history class.