Project-Based Learning

Tom Benjamin
Tom Benjamin is a psychologist specializing in games and multimedia.
Project-Based Learning bridges the gap between school and the world of careers & community. Done strategically, it can be engaging. Learn how to maximize its potential ...
Target Audience
This course is suitable for any who need to create custom resources for their teaching. The resources can be adapted to the K-12 and tertiary curriculum.
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Learning Areas

General Description

Project-Based Learning (PBL) is an emulation of post-school activity in which they would address a ‘driving question’. The elements are similar to those of the scientific method and the Hero’s Journey. The NSW Department of Education encourages PBL, offering frameworks, templates and examples to help teachers devise their own PBL. It is attractive as it is interdisciplinary (cross-curricula), hands-on, real-world, and democratic. It encourages use of technology as they would do in a real-life setting. There are opportunities for connection with schools and communities nationally and even globally. This course emphasizes PBL construction that focuses on the intended skills and knowledge while minimizing extraneous demands.

Audience

This course is suitable for any who need to create custom resources for their teaching. The resources can be adapted to the K-12 and tertiary curriculum.

Available Delivery Formats

Format Description

Course Access - This course is available 24/7. Once your enrolment is complete you will be emailed with details to give you course access. You can complete the course when it suits you, and you will have ongoing access to revisit the course at any time.

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Teaching Standards

1.6.2 Proficient Level – Strategies to support full participation of students with disability

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Accreditation

Completing this course will contribute 6 hours of NESA Registered PD addressing 1.6.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.


This course contributes to 6.0 professional development hours.

Occurrences

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Sessions

Project-Based Learning Overview

1 hour

Online video with quiz and examples. Brief history of BBL and how it corresponds with the Scientific Method and Hero’s Journey. Introduction of resources from NSW Department of Education, national and international examples of PBL.

The Driving Question

1 hour

Online video with quiz and examples. Specific example of how PBL corresponds with the Scientific Method and Hero’s Journey. Specific examples from science.

Sustained Inquiry

1 hour

Online video with quiz and examples. Focus on the format of the ‘adventure cockpit’ successfully employed throughout the 20th Century by Disney and the most popular TV shows. The aim is to channel the students to the curriculum content where the ‘action’ takes place.

Authenticity

1 hour

Online video with quiz and examples. Tying the Project to real-life community needs. Links with vocations and career skills. Where possible, actual community links may be relevant. International cooperation is possible via the Web.

Democracy: Student Voice and Choice

1 hour

Online video with quiz and examples. Setting the ‘rules of the game’. to achieve a balance between democratic and creative open-endedness and directiveness so that curriculum knowledge and skills are not side-tracked in extraneous elements.

Reflection, Critique and Public Presentation

1 hour

Online video with quiz and examples. Multimedia podcast, video and live presentations of the Project outcomes. From the history of the early ‘Science Fairs’ to today’s YouTube worldwide audiences we have a range of presentation modes, which can include live presentation to the school and local community.

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About the team


Tom Benjamin

Creator

Tom was Senior Researcher at the Centre for Learning Innovation, NSW Dept of Education following a career as a psychologist with the major teaching hospitals and lecturer at UNSW. Over this time he developed resources specially applicable to educators with special requirements for short learning curves and instant gratification outcomes, for example relief and teachers and community group leaders. These systems use materials commonly available in schools.