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It's easy to do project-based learning, it's just hard to do it well.
Project-based learning is a great way to engage students, to encourage collaboration and creativity, and to promote authentic work and assessment. But it's hard to:
- set a high bar for high quality project deliverables;
- assess projects objectively especially when they're all different;
- help students with low level skills engage in challenging projects;
- mitigate the free rider problem of loafing team members;
- provide enough but not too much formative feedback and support;
- avoid big knowledge gaps resulting from a string projects.
Following are 10 U.S. K-12 next generation school networks representing about 275 schools (two thirds of them in school districts). The blended environments combine personalized learning strategies and tools with challenging and integrated projects...
5 Big Advances
All of these next generation models combine blended learning environments with the Buck Institute Goal Standard for project-based learning. They start with learning goals that include core knowledge and include key success skills. They, in unique ways, incorporate Buck's Essential Project Design Elements: challenging problem, sustained inquiry, authenticity, student voice and choice, reflection, critique and revision, and public product.
A combination of five new tools and strategies is powering personalized project-based learning:
Source: Education Week (blog)