Concept by: Ilaria Barbieri
This course has been created for educators who want to learn more about Project Based Learning (PBL) and how they can integrate this topic into their lessons and school curriculum using the latest techniques and classroom tools. PBL offers students an opportunity to be more engaged in the lessons and provides students with a deeper understanding of the topic through simultaneous exposure to a variety of learning methods.
In this engaging and hands-on course, participants will gain an understanding of what Project Based Learning is, which tools are best for integrating PBL in to your lessons, how to monitor and assess students using PBL and reflect on how educators can integrate PBL into their own teaching practices.
By the end of this course, students will have gained greater insight into PBL projects for the classroom and how to integrate PBL into their lessons. They will become more confident in their own teaching and assessments and will take away ideas on how to integrate PBL into their classroom and school curriculum.
In addition, course participants will walk away with a working PBL model and provided with all the necessary components needed to carry out their project at their own school. They will also learn more about the PBL process and become more confident with initiating and starting other projects within their own school, local community, or other teachers within the EU.
The course will help the participants to:
- Understand what PBL is and how to confidently implement it in class.
- Gain insight into a variety of activities that you can implement into PBL.
- Understand how media and technology can be integrated into PBL.
- Assess student’s PBL projects confidently using rubrics.
- Create detailed PBL lesson plans.
- Implement school-wide PBL programs.
The schedule describes likely activities but may differ significantly based on the requests of the participants, and the trainer delivering the specific session. Course modifications are subject to the trainer’s discretion. If you would like to discuss a specific topic, please indicate it at least 4 weeks in advance.
Day 1 – Course introduction & Intro to Project Based learning
- Introduction to the course, the school, and the external week activities;
- Icebreaker activities;
Intro to Project Based learning
- Understanding what Project Based Learning is and looking at some examples;
- Establishing ways in which PBL can be implemented into the classroom;
- Brainstorming and begin your own PBL project.
- Presentations of the participants’ schools.
Day 2 – PBL related activities
- Demonstrating several PBL activities;
- Guiding students on the PBL project;
- Managing pair and group work;
- Integrating media into PBL;
- Reflecting on which types of media is best for PBL.
Day 3 – Implementing PBL
- Keeping PBL projects within a timeframe;
- Consulting with students;
- Assessment: Rubrics and Portfolios;
- Peer to peer review;
- Student self-assessment.
Day 4 – Designing a PBL lesson
Creating a detailed PBL lesson plan.
Day 5 – Presenting PBL & Course closure
- Finishing up and presenting your PBL lesson plan with rubric;
- Brainstorming and discussing school wide PBL programs.
- Course evaluation: round up of acquired competences, feedback, and discussion;
- Awarding of the course Certificate of Attendance;
Day 6 – Excursion
Excursion and other external cultural activities.
- Teachers: primary, secondary, vocational, adult, special needs;
- Teacher trainers; Careers officers, educational guides and counselors;
- Managers of schools/organisations offering adult education.