Reinventing Project-Based Learning - Field Guide to Real-World Projects in the Digital Age


Reinventing Project-Based Learning - Field Guide to Real-World Projects in the Digital Age

Suzie Boss and Jane Krauss’s book Reinventing Project-Based Learning is a handy guide for teachers, which enables them to maximize the advantages of project-based learning (PBL) in this tech-rich learning environment.

This reader-friendly book talks directly to education professionals, teachers and administrators, who actually want to renovate learning into active and student-driven, using technology tools for collaboration, inquiry and connection to the world outside the classroom. Readers will find good examples from teachers in many diverse countries. Reinventing Project-Based Learning reflects how to design genuine projects through which learners can make most use of emerging or available tools and technologies.

The content of the book is divided five sections.

SECTION ONE

Anticipation

Chapter 1

  • Mapping the Journey—Seeing the Big Picture
  • Side Trip: Tour the Blogosphere .
  • Teachers Are Learners, Too
  • Spotlight: The New Tech Network.
  • Technology Focus: Social Bookmarking

Chapter 2

  • Creating a Professional Learning Community
  • Spotlight: Changing Their Worldview
  • Side Trip: Project-Tuning Protocol
  • Communities within Communities
  • Technology Focus: QuadBlogging

SECTION TWO

Packing Up

Chapter 3

  • Imagining the Possibilities
  • Technology Focus: Create a Wiki
  • Planning for Rigor and Digital-Age Skills
  • Digital-Age Literacies—A Synthesis
  • Spotlight: Thinking Aloud about Learning Dispositions

Chapter 4

  • Strategies for Discovery
  • Reviewing Projects
  • Overcoming Pitfalls
  • Designing Terrific Projects: Getting Started
  • The Best Projects Share Important Features
  • Technology Focus: Collect and Track Assets Online

Chapter 5

  • Making Assessment Meaningful
  • Authentic Assessments in PBL
  • Plan for Summative Assessment
  • Science-Fiction Short Story Assignment
  • Plan for Formative Assessment

Chapter 6

  • Project Management Strategies for Teachers and Learners
  • Side Trip: Be Resourceful
  • Spotlight: Creating Opportunities
  • Milestones and Deadlines: It’s About Time
  • Spotlight: Teams That Maximize Results

SECTION THREE

Navigating the Learning Experience

Chapter 7

  • Project Launch—Implementation Strategies
  • Laying the Groundwork
  • Ideas for Generating Interest and Promoting Inquiry
  • Technology Focus: Screencasting
  • Build Toward Information Literacy: Less Looking, More Thinking

Chapter 8

  • A Guiding Hand—Keeping a Project Moving
  • Make Classroom Discussions More Productive
  • Spotlight: Expeditionary Learning
  • Help with Troubleshooting
  • Your Turn: Analyze Your Classroom Conversations

SECTION FOUR

Expanding Your Circle

Chapter 9

  • Building Connections and Branching Out
  • Connecting with Experts
  • Expanding the Learning Circle
  • Technology Focus: Online Collaboration
  • Spotlight: EAST Initiative Mode

Chapter 10

  • Celebrating and Reflecting
  • Reflect on the Journey.
  • Plan Your Reflection Questions
  • Elaborate: Where to Now?
  • Technology Focus: Photo Sharing

SECTION FIVE

Unpacking

Chapter 11

  • Bringing It Home
  • Capitalize on Your Investment
  • Become a Resource for Your Colleagues
  • Your Turn: Join the Blogosphere or Twitterverse

Chapter 12

  • On the Horizon—PBL Forecast
  • Forecast: Deeper Learning through PBL
  • Forecast: Achieving Scale—Thoughtfully
  • Forecast: Finding More Ways to Learn Together
  • Forecast: Reconsidering When and How Students Learn

About Book's Author

Suzie Boss is a well-known education journalist who has interviewed a lot of educators all across the globe. Jane Krauss is a tech enthusiast and long-time teacher. She is presently a curriculum and program development consultant to organizations related to project-based approaches.

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About the Author
Author: Prasanna Bharti
Prasanna is a blogger by profession, and loves to write about education technology. Her write-ups intend to provide a deep insight about enormous resources and ideas available to make learning better and effective with the use of technology.

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