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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Project-based Learning in the Classroom

With employers looking for graduates who can communicate effectively, think critically, and solve problems in collaboration with other team members, more and more schools are looking to project-based learning as a way to better prepare students for these demands. Besides helping students develop the same 21st-century skills that employers covet, project-based learning also helps students retain the information they learn, proponents of the approach say--and it engages students' interest and motivates them to learn. 

With the generous support of The Alan Sitomer BookJam published by Recorded Books K-12, eSchool News has assembled a collection of stories from their archives that exemplify  how teachers are implementing project-based learning effectively in their classrooms.

2 comments:

  1. It is intersting that you say "employers covet" these skills that project based learning develops. I think the critical thinking aspect is something most employers covet. Collaboration means that employees can be more efficient and effective in the work place. If more "think-tanks" work together, they may cut down on time that would normally have been spent by an individual. I think the resources that are available to make a project based learning impactful, are enormous. There are unlimited resources today. My husband often has to used "cloud" type communication in the military. He is a health care administrator and it saves time and money on travel. The product is still as effective as if they had face time.

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  2. Your EDU271 course was primarily project-based. What did you think of it? What skills did you gain that you will be better able to use when you teach--beyond simply how to use the technology?

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