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HOW DOES THE LOWELL MILKEN CENTER USE PROJECT BASED LEARNING?

HOW DOES THE LOWELL MILKEN CENTER USE PROJECT BASED LEARNING?

The Lowell Milken Center facilitates and mentors students and educators, so they can pursue project-based learning that celebrates unsung heroes who changed the world.

WHAT IS PROJECT BASED LEARNING?

Project-based learning (PBL) is an instructional approach built upon active learning that engages student interest and motivation. PBL involves diverse opportunities for collaborative learning, such as designing a set, acting in a play or interviewing people and organizations. PBL is generally done by one or more individuals working together. Instead of merely memorizing information, completing worksheets or reading alone, by utilizing PBL students learn to think critically, work as a team and contribute to a common goal.

PBL teaches valuable life skills in the pursuit of the project’s goal.

Criteria for Project Based Learning

 

  • Real-world orientation gives learning value beyond the demonstrated competence of the learner
  • Risk-free environment provides positive feedback and allows choice
  • Encourages the use of higher- order thinking skills and learning concepts, as well as basic facts
  • Utilizes hands-on approaches
  • Provides for in-depth understanding
  • Accessible for all learners
  • Utilizes various modes of communication
  • Assessment is congruent with instruction, i.e. performance-based
  • Students are responsible for their own learning
  • Students have ownership of their learning within the curriculum
  • Projects promote meaningful learning, connecting new learning to students' past performances
  • Learning utilizes real-time data, investigating data and drawing conclusions
  • Values learning process as well as learning outcomes
  • Learning is multidisciplinary in nature
  • Teacher is a facilitator of learning
  • Student self-assessment of learning is encouraged

 

WHAT DOES PROJECT BASED LEARNING ACCOMPLISH?

  • PBL allows students to reflect upon their own ideas and opinions to make decisions that affect project outcomes and the learning process in general.
  • Students gain a deeper understanding of the concepts and standards at the heart of a project.
  • Projects also build vital workplace skills and lifelong habits of learning.
  • Projects can allow students to address community issues, explore careers, interact with adult mentors, use technology, and present their work to audiences beyond the classroom.

 

RESOURCES FOR PROJECT BASED LEARNING

Research on Links on the LMC website

Project-Based Learning Checklist

Edutopia Project-Based learning resources

National History Day Building Historical Context and Conducting research

National Education Association Spotlight on Project-Based Learning

Global Schools Assessment of Project-Based Learning  

The Writing Site Project-Based Learning Resources