During our final week in Technology-Supported Project-Based Learning, we were to make final changes on our site based on our peer-evaluation feedback.:
- What do you know understand best about Project Based Learning? What do you understand least?
- What did you expect to learn in this course? What did you actually learn? More, less, and why?
- What will you do with what you have learned?
Project Based Learning-Understanding:
Prior to this class, I had no understanding of what Project-Based Learning really way. I feel that now, after going through the process of creating my own project that I can use in my classroom, I feel like I’ve learned all the parts of the planning process and all of the required elements. In the beginning, I thought a lot of the “steps” were repetitive but after creating my own project, I have come to appreciate why each of the individual parts is essential. I feel like actually teaching a Project-Based Learning unit is what I understand least because I’ve never done it. For example, actually balancing the teaching and student inquiry will be a challenge but I feel that going through this extensive planning process will definitely help!
Project Based Learning-Learning:
I expected to learn about project-based learning and why it was an important method of teaching. However, I learned that and more, I feel that I actually understand and believe why it is an important teaching method because I created my own unit based upon it. I also learned how meeting the standards and accomplishing a lot of outcomes is possible and enriched with projects such as these.
Project Based Learning-Application:
I am very excited to implement my project-based learning unit of Choose Your Own Adventure in my classroom with my fourth-graders this coming school year. I plan on teaching the unit as I prescribed it in my detailed plans, adding materials and resources, and then modifying it as I see fit for the future. I also plan on creating many more units using Project-Based Learning as a guide once I have taught this first one to really get the full picture of what it looks like in action. I am very excited because I feel that my students are going to be immediately engaged and hooked to this new style of teaching/learning.
Reflection of Learning: This assignment required me to delve into the rubric to assess my own Project-Based Learning project and that of a peer. I got the experience to analyze another project and see how another person took the same instructions and guidelines and made them their own. This rubric helped me to conduct an in-depth analysis of my own project and the things I needed to change to make it easier to understaNnd and implement. Finally, I synthesized the information I learned to perfect my PBL project.
- AECT Standard 1 Content Knowledge: Upon creating my Project Based Learning unit site I demonstrated that I have the knowledge necessary to create, use, assess, and manage theoretical and practical applications of educational technologies and processes.
- AECT Standard 2 Content Pedagogy: Upon creating my Project Based Learning unit site I develop as a reflective practitioner that was able to demonstrate effective implementation of educational technologies and processes based on contemporary content and pedagogy.
- AECT Standard 4 Professional Knowledge and Skills: While creating my Project Based Learning unit site I designed, developed, implemented, and evaluated sources to create a technology-rich learning environment (unit) within a supportive community of practice.