What is It?
Project-based learning is an instructional strategy in which students work cooperatively over time to create a product, presentation, or performance. The two essential components of project-based learning are an engaging and motivating question and a product that meaningfully addresses that question.
Important characteristics of project-based learning, according to the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), include the following:
Problem-based learning is an instructional strategy in which students work cooperatively to investigate and resolve an ill-structured problem based on real-world issues or situations. The steps involved in problem-based learning include:
Project-based learning and problem-based learning have a great deal in common. Both
The difference between the two lies largely in their application: Problem-based learning focuses on the problem and the process, while project-based learning focuses on the product.
Explore Project-Based Learning
For more information about project based-learning, explore the following Web sites:
Explore Problem-Based Learning
For more information about problem-based learning, explore these Web sites:
Use Project-Based Learning
The activities and tools below will help you successfully use project-based learning in your own classroom.
Project-Based Learning Activities for Kids
Tools for Teachers
Find planning forms, rubrics and checklists at the Buck Institute for Education's project-based learning site.
Use Problem-Based Learning
The activities below will help you successfully use problem-based learning in your own classroom.
Problem-Based Learning Activities for Kids
Exploring the Environment
Learn More About Project-Based Learning
To extend your understanding of project-based learning, visit:
Harnessing the Web: Online Project-Based Learning
Learn More About Problem-Based Learning
To extend your understanding of problem-based learning, visit:
Problem-Based Learning Network
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