For the past few years, the Getting Smart Team has coordinated the iNACOL Symposium Voices Hub, where we invite teachers, education leaders and any other interested attendees to visit and record their thoughts for the Getting Smart Podcast on what’s new and innovative in education.
Rody Boonchouy, Senior Director of Innovation and Strategic Partnerships, and Brandon Wiley, Chief Program Officer, at Buck Institute for Education attended the event this year and joined us to add their voices to the mix as well.
As we wrap 2016, we note that multiple trends emerged in education. One significant trend this year was project-based learning (PBL). PBL is not new, but it is getting attention as a pedagogy that can, when done well, support all students and even make teaching more enjoyable. As Tom Vander Ark, Bob Lenz and I noted in our article, “It’s a Project-Based World. Let’s Prepare Students for It:”
“The world has changed dramatically and schools have not. PBL is a method that will engage students now in significant learning and will prepare them for success in our complex and competitive world.”
On GettingSmart.com, we have published close to 100 blogs on the topic as well as two publications on the preparation of students and teachers for a project-based world. And taking that further into 2017, we are devoted to writing about and discussing what high-quality PBL is and is not.
Therefore, it feels appropriate as we close out the year discussing high-quality PBL with Rody and Brandon. We also dive into the movement for PBL beyond the United States.
Resources mentioned in this podcast and related articles:
- 35 Leaders on Successes and Challenges of Project-Based Learning
- 30 Leaders on Successes and Challenges of Project-Based Learning
- Buck Institute for Education
- What We Are Doing to Ensure High Quality PBL for All
- Preparing Students for a Project-Based World
- It’s a Project-Based World. Let’s Prepare Students for It
This blog is part of the High-Quality PBL project. This project is supported by Project Management Institute Educational Foundation (PMIEF) and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. For more, see www.BIE.org and follow @BIEpbl for all the latest news and resources on high-quality project-based learning and use the hashtag #PBL.