An Inside Look At How Project-Based Learning Actually Works

Project-based learning is one of the most popular terms in education innovation today. We talk about PBL all the time and how it, combined with flipped classrooms, can basically change the way education works. It’s an exciting time to be sure.

But I love to actually see how this kinda stuff works in real life. It’s easier to just say ‘try out Project-Based Learning!’ to a teacher asking for innovative ideas … but it’s better to actually see how it all works. I stink at making videos but luckily others don’t. So I’ve compiled a few videos that act as simple windows into the PBL world.

Each video is a bit different. For example, the first one on this post is mostly viewing a PBL setup as a fly on the wall. You can overhear what people are saying, look at how they’re organized, etc. This video is from Ginger Lewman at ESSDACK and so is the second one that demonstrates some PBL demo cards.

PBL Demo Cards

University of Washington Using PBL

Video by Edutopia. In 2008-09, researchers at the University of Washington and its LIFE Center (Learning in Informal and Formal Environments), together with curriculum specialists and teachers in the Bellevue, Washington, schools, designed and implemented a project-based version of the AP U.S. Government and Politics course. They then used students’ scores on the AP exam as well as new measures to assess students’ deeper learning to compare the effectiveness of this class with a traditionally taught course.

University of Indianapolis & PBL

Video by the University of Indianapolis. Learning by doing, the annual PBL Institute provides educators the tools they need to provide a one-of-a-kind PBL experience to students so they are equipped with skills necessary to succeed in the 21st century.