venerdì 14 luglio 2017

PBL: interesting resources and ideas in today's webinar by Shelly Terrell

Project  Based  Learning

Project Based Learning

Friday night is  my  favourite day spent online  while learning from the others for just half an hour . I am a life-long learner and I love to learn from a  great  teacher and  expert in new  technologies I have met online: Shelly  Terrell.

You can see her  30 minute  webinars which  are  followed by  passionate  teachers and  learners from all over the world who want to learn about   the use of  new technologies and can help them develop  better  lessons.

Her webinars are free and can be followed  by anyone: here is the link to the service which you can access if you want to follow her presentations  - Uk time 9:00 p.m. in the  summer time.

This Friday she  worked on  PBL by  providing  some tips and  a long list of resources.  I had  followed her webinar last year too and  I am just embedding the many recources which she  shared on line and which I will check in the next weeks.

First of all, I need to say that after doing the Mooc about  PBL I became aware of the importance of collaboration and the use of webtools in education. PBL can really  change our way of working and Shelly  reminded us that  education and  learning  need to provide topics and issue for discussion and also for carrying out  researches.  When I was  a secondary school student  part of my tasks  were based on doing  researches and working in team but we could not work from home by using  internet or a smartphone. Now our  students can  work from home, in school and with  people living in different countries.

Project Based Learning with Technology from Shelly Sanchez Terrell

Shelly presented the main framework of what we  mean by  PBL and  provided  some tools and activities which we  can use when we work on  PBL  activities.

Why PBL?

There are many  reasons for  choosing   it .
Online you can rely on the  great  site  ttp://  which can  provide you with lots of ideas and tips.

"PBL is an effective and enjoyable way to learn - and develop deeper learning competencies required for success in college, career, and civic life. "  
See   more  online

Shelly has provided us with a webpage  where she has collected most of the resources related to   PBL:

The main  steps of  PBL  can be  summarized  into these   steps:

1) starting with a  problem

2) working with the students in Group to discuss the problem 

3) reseraching the problem

4)  finding  a solution

5)  working on a presentation or  a product

The driving   question

When dealing with  step one-  we need to be able to find a  driving  question that can explain the problem

The driving question is important as it will guide the project work.

 For the  students it creates interest and a feeling of challenge . 

Working on  PBL tasks implies  teaching  and working in a  different  way and  students will work with new tools and collaborate, they will work on different   skills and  develop skills which they need in real life.

More references are online:    ( ideas about  action  research)

Some examples of   PBL in  Europe :  E-twinning

In  Europe we have  good  examples of projects like   E-twinning  :
I have not worked on this project but   I know that classes  work together on some topics and they make videos, learning  diaries and webpages  showcasing   what the students have done. 

Link to some  projects


Shelly  reminded us of the importance of  evaluation and  provided us with some links  which  need to be  checked to find out more:       ( you can  find  a rubric for downloading)


After checking on line   I could  find these interesting  links for  webtools in  PBL:

A  good   website created by a teacher who shared tools for  PBL:

Thank you   Shelly for your  great support online: I will study more to develop  my   students' skillls and I really think that   PBL   can  be  a great   journey into learning. 

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