During our fourth week in Technology-Supported Project-Based Learning, we were to further delve into Project-Based Learning and further plan and prepare. Furthermore, we were to complete the following:
- Review the Readings and Resources
- Complete the Student Learning Guide, Timeline, Entry Event & Tools & Resources pages in our PBL site. Mine can be found here.
- Discuss the inclusion of the Internet or a Web 2.0 tool into our project.
- Read this article by Jamie McKenzie: Scaffolding in PBL to learn about online resources and scaffolding for PBL.
- Reflect on the in PBL and discuss how we will address this issue in our project.
Internet/Web 2.0 Inclusion: The internet facilitates the learning, collaborating, and presentation process for PBL projects to be enhanced. In this project, students final summative assessment project will be creating a WebQuest using Weebly where they will combine their family’s histories with those of one other student and develop outcomes based on historical probability. Student teams will present their adventures in an interactive presentation with an audience of parents and other students; the use of Web 2.0 via a WebQuest will facilitate this process. Students will also be utilizing Google Docs for many of the formative assessment pieces to facilitate collaboration between partners and sharing for peer review of assignments.
Scaffolding in PBL: This PBL project’s summative assessment is a collaborative project where the students will be creating a WebQuest
Scaffolding in this Project: In this project, scaffolding is addressed in many different ways, some of these are listed below:
- Working in groups vs. Working independently
- Reading articles and readers with partners
- Handouts to provide background information (for those without)
- Handouts to provide more information (guide thinking & inquiry process)
Reflection of Learning: The assignments for this week required me to delve into several articles and websites to develop a thorough understanding of planning & preparation in Project-Based Learning. I got the experience to analyze several articles with information and opinions on developing a plan. Then I viewed many examples of various projects (provided by the professor) to ensure I was on track. Finally, I synthesized the information I learned to create my own plans.
- AECT Standard 4.3 Reflection on Practice: To further delve into what the planning & preparation process looks like in project-based learning and develop my own plans, I needed to analyze and interpret various the different steps of the process by reflecting on others projects and informative resources.