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Project-Based Learning

Eric Harris

Azusa Pacific University

Abstract

Education allows teachers to introduces students to activities that will prepare them for life in the

21st century. The correct application of the projects provides an opportunity for the teachers to

be creative, innovative, and give proper feedback. In addition, project-based learning

incorporates new technology and software that will be helpful outside of the classroom setting.

The implementation of projects also provides the students an opportunity for collaboration and

peer evaluation.
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I believe that the intended purpose of education is to prepare students for a 21st

century world in which they can make real-world connections. Project-based learning does

that,The old-school model of passively learning facts and reciting them out of context is no

longer sufficient to prepare students to survive in today's world(Edutopia, 2007, Para 1)

Project-based learning provides opportunities for students to build and create in a constructive,

collaborative, and meaningful way. I have not incorporated project-based learning into my entire

curriculum, however I have created assignments for my students that would be considered

project-based learning. For example, a performance task that I assign each year is an interactive

annotated world map. Students must find connections between the subjects taught in the course

to contemporary events happening today by creating a special purpose map. This type of

assignments shows the relevant nature of the course.

Relevancy is the key to project-based learning, By bringing real-life context and

technology to the curriculum through a PBL approach, students are encouraged to become

independent workers, critical thinkers, and lifelong learners. (Edutopia, 2007, Para 4) Students

must feel that what they are doing is relevant and should have some type of real life application.

This provides students the opportunities to think outside of the classroom setting and helps them

see the bigger picture. PBL and the use of technology enable students, teachers, and

administrators to reach out beyond the school building. (Edutopia, 2007, Para 4) I believe that

this style of learning promotes enthusiasm and creates an environment of engaged learners.

Project-based learning provides opportunities for educators to incorporate technology

into their own teaching. In my district the students and teachers have full access to everything

google. In addition, students in my class have access to chromebooks daily. An example of


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project-based learning performed in my World History class was the creation of a website using

google sites. The students scaffolded the entire Cold War, from the Space Race to the fall of the

Berlin wall. Students had to created a new webpage for each topic of the Cold War. What made

the project come alive was the students had to develop an alternative universe in which the

Soviets won the Cold War on a separate webpage. The the ultimate long-term goal was to

expose the students to technology that might transfer to their professional and personal lives.

PBL teaches children to take control of their learning, the first step as lifelong learners.

(Edutopia, 2007, Para 6)

Finally, project-based learning is breaking the norms and conventions of a traditional

classroom setting. PBL allows students to be creative and develops skills they will need for the

rest of their educational career as well . I think back to my high school world history class in

1996. Class open your books to page 55, read the chapter and answer the questions. Due by the

end of class. This style of teaching did nothing for me and made me resent school. In addition,

this style of learning did not benefit me for future classes. With the application of project-based

learning, I am energized as a professional and I like seeing the results that this style of teaching

promotes.
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References

Why Is Project-Based Learning Important? (2007, October 19). Retrieved October 31,

2017, from https://www.edutopia.org/project-based-learning-guide-importance

5 Keys to Rigorous Project-Based Learning. (2014, June 26). Retrieved October 31,

2017, from https://www.edutopia.org/video/5-keys-rigorous-project-based-learning

VIDEO. (2017, August 30). Retrieved October 31, 2017, from

http://marcprensky.com/video-2/