PBL: Project Based Learning

I enjoyed reading an Edutopia article about projected based learning last week. I came across it when perusing The Committed Sardine Blog, and the article also echoed an interesting post on Kassblog last week.

Basically, Larry Cuban and others (myself included) are noting that 1:1 laptop programs don’t magically transform schools. Even when fully supported and funded, the programs can often lead to “automation” instead of “innovation,” and in general the gears of school don’t move very far forward.

The Edutopia article ties this issue to a review of project-based learning programs, and how how a combination of 1:1 laptops and project-based learning can create a powerful synergy. Not everyone is ready for the “student as worker” model, but the article had a lot to say about what the new targets are in such an environment. Hmmm, they do seem to resemble 21st Century Learning Skills… :)

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