A project-based learning portfolio is an excellent strategy for demonstrating and showcasing evidence of learning, especially when student-led.
Project portfolios are great for evaluating project based learning projects as single experiences as well as on a more grand, comprehensive level. For this reason, I love to start self-directed project-based learning project experiences with the end in mind. I implement and design PBL experiences around these portfolios.
Project-based learning, especially when student-directed, is a compelling approach to learning. Students gain content knowledge, develop hard and soft skills, build character, and learn HOW to learn through the many phases of student-led PBL.
Students ultimately showcase evidence of these experiences and outcomes in a project-based learning portfolio. This blog post is about one project-based learning portfolio student example that reminds me of just how powerful student-led PBL can be. Let's take a look.
It is super easy to slip into a classroom or school culture of low-quality work, especially with PBL projects. But it doesn't have to be that way. How do you build a classroom culture that encourages and boosts PBL project quality improvement? Keep reading to find out!
Authentic presentations are vital components of student-led project-based learning. The idea is for students to share their final products, new skills, and/or knowledge with an authentic audience with the purpose of making an impact.
But how? What are some ways of sharing PBL outcomes with a public and relevant audience? Let's talk about that.
What is an authentic presentation?
Some of my favorite projects over the course of my teaching career have been those that have truly embraced the idea of sharing work with a relevant and meaningful audience; those that have included an authentic presentation.
I am never the most tech-savvy person in the room. There is so much out there and it's always evolving. It's tough to know where to start and just when I feel I've gotten it, everything changes.
Education technology can be intimidating and time-consuming to learn. Time isn't something teachers have in abundance. But it gets easier and more user-friendly everyday, and Google Maps is one such tech that PBL students can highly benefit from.
Innovative final products can really help spice up a project or project-based learning experience. Rather than the tired poster board or slideshow presentation, kids can get really creative with final products.
Now more than ever, either because of project based distance learning needs, interest in building tech literacy, or the desire to go paperless, educators are in need of digital final product options. This blog post is an extensive catalog of digital final product ideas for demonstrating learning in innovative and creative ways.
Do you need innovative ideas for projects that have creative end products to demonstrate learning? Sometimes we just need something to reference for final project ideas.
This blog post is a laundry list of interesting and creative project final product ideas that students and teachers can browse for inspiration.
The use of community experts is common place in project-based learning. But how do you communicate with and partner with community experts when you don't have the flexibility to leave the classroom or bring experts to you? Students do so virtually!
One of my favorite aspects of project-based learning is the use of community experts. Using the community as a resource for PBL is valuable on a number of levels, as it makes learning more authentic and real-world-focused.
But how can students utilize community experts for project-based learning experiences? In what ways can learners use the community as a resource? Let's dive in!
To provide innovative educational resources for educators, parents, and students, that go beyond lecture and worksheets.
Sara Segar, experiential life-science educator and advisor, curriculum writer, and mother of two.