Magazine article Internet@Schools

PBL Examined!

Magazine article Internet@Schools

PBL Examined!

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We start out 2017 with a focus on project-based learning (PBL), the authentic, engaging, all-encompassing approach to teaching and learning that has taken off so strongly in K-12 education recently.

The Tools for Learning feature and tools/resources compilation for this month, Victor Rivero's "Project-Based Learning: Engagement, Authenticity, and Collaboration on a Mission" (page 5), gives evidence that PBL has come of age and that there's plenty out there that you can tap into. Victor sees good PBL projects in the following light: "Taking on a common task with others- collaborating in an authentic engagement type of situation-is not merely busywork. It's either practice for real work, or real work itself" Give the piece a read, and dig into the resources he lists.

Carolyn Foote, meanwhile, uses this month's Idea Watch column to promote the idea that PBL can be effectively fostered through school libraries' use of design and space, as well as, of course, librarians' collaboration with teachers and students. …

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