Whether you call it project- or problem-based learning, these technologies will help your students get authentic experience in a blended environment — and help your teachers to track their progress.
- By Guest Blogger Dian Schaffhauser
- The Journal – Link to Original Post
“When will I ever use this?” This cringeworthy comment slipping from a teenager’s lips can swipe away the sense of accomplishment felt by a teacher who has spent a week crafting a lesson that she thought would have staying power. If you cringe too, it may be time to lock onto the practice of PBL, which is variously referred to as project-, problem- or inquiry-based learning. Where blended learning gives students some flexibility as to where and when they do their work, PBL offers them a choice of what they do. And when students pick the activities they’re going to work on (within parameters established by the teacher, of course), how many of them will openly criticize their own choices? In PBL classrooms, students aren’t learning simply to pass a test; job one is applying creativity and taking ownership of their own education. As a rework of the old saying goes, teach a student to add, and he’ll get through a quiz for the day; show him how to calculate profit and loss, and he’ll be pitching his next new idea for a lifetime. Here are 10 technologies to help you implement PBL in your classroom.