Project-Based Learning on the Net
This is a page I created when I launched this website circa 2002. It captures the best PBL resources available on the Internet at that time and should be a valuable resource for PBL history buffs. Some of these links are now inactive, but you can resurrect these resources through the Internet Archive (the Wayback Machine). - Bob, June 2014
We believe that PBL is at the heart of good instruction because it brings together intellectual inquiry, rigorous real-world standards, and student engagement in relevant and meaningful work.† It is a comprehensive instructional model in which project work is central to student understanding of the essential concepts and principles of the disciplines.† Well-crafted projects:
- Engage and build on student interests and passions
- Provide a meaningful and authentic context for learning
- Immerse students in complex, real-world problems/investigations without a pre-determined solution
- Allow students to take the lead, making critical choices and decisions
- Connect students with community resources and experts
- Require students to develop and demonstrate essential skills and knowledge
- Draw on multiple disciplines to solve problems and deepen understanding
- Build in opportunities for reflection and self-assessment
- Result in useful products that demonstrate what students have learned
- Culminate in exhibitions or presentations to an authentic audience
Autodesk Foundation (Archived)
The Autodesk Foundation's web site (1996-2000) on Project-Based Leanring and School-to-Career is now archived at http://www.k12reform.com/.
PBL Web Ring
The PBL Web Ring links web sites that promote Project-Based Learning. You can find it at the PBLMM web site. Click on the PBL Web Ring "Next" button to go to these PBL sites:
Institute of Education
BaySCAN's Multimedia Network
Curriculum Using Technology
Contests for Students
Collaborative National or International Projects
Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) is a worldwide network of students, teachers, and scientists working together to study an understand the global environment. Students and teachers from over 7,000 schools in more than 80 countries are working with research scientists to learn more about our planet.
DesignWorlds for Learning acts as a catalyst/convener of collaborative national and international projects. Headed by Ted Kahn, one of the nation's best PBL developers, DesignWorlds provides strategic technology planning and museum/informal learning-based collaborative PBL projects to schools, higher ed, and industry.
North Coast Rural Challenge Network
Mendocino Unified School District
Project-Based Learning at Drake High School
Project-Based Learning at Brookside Elementary School
Project-Based Learning at San Jose Middle School
Napa New Technology High School Digital Portfolios
See Portfolio Page of current and past students.
Saturn School of Tomorrow (1989-2003)
Project-Based Learning with Multimedia: Challenge 2000
Challenge 2000 Multimedia Project web site at http://pblmm.k12.ca.us/ .See Project Grid, Teacher Web Pages, Selected Examples of Student Work, and Exemplary Projects: Water Pollution and Project Physlab
TeachNet CSL for teachers to do projects with their kids
Boston TeachNet CSL features web-published projects and tools by K-12 Teacher Disseminators. The standards-based models utilized by these teachers show how technology helps students apply classroom learning to solve real world problems through developing career competencies, student mentors, addressing environmental and human needs, and practicing public safety and responsible citizenship as they learn to serve and serve to learn.
Sandi.Net Projects for Kids
(includes Teacher instructions)
Teachers in the Triton and Patterns Projects learned to integrate technology in the curriculum by developing inquiry-oriented, standards-based curriculum units. Lessons are based on the WebQuest model developed by Bernie Dodge, project consultant and Professor of Educational Technology at San Diego State University. Exemplary projects: Oceanís in Trouble , Biotechnology, Inc.
Gold River Discovery Center
Challenges to kids
Scoring Rubrics for Projects