Welcome to Strand A (Project 101) of Kupu Hou Academy. The purpose of Project 101 is to "demystify" project-based learning.
Project-Based Learning (PBL) features projects, obviously - but understanding what a project is, and how it facilitates student learning is a matter for debate. Our first goal is to understand what a project is, and isn't. A PBL project is not a posterboard or sculpture created as a fun "dessert" after a rigorous unit on the components of the human cell or Huckleberry Finn. A PBL project is in itself the focus of study, and the learning happens in order to facilitate the project. These videos can help quickly explain what a PBL project is:
More to our point, we want to know what practical examples of PBL look like, and how to evaluate whether an existing project fits the parameters of PBL. Therefore, we are going to look at several examples (taken from San Diego's High Tech High) for our first activity.
Each day of our workshop has its own page. We will start by clicking on Wednesday (obviously) and then we will move on to Thursday and Friday in their turn.
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