DATES & LOCATIONS
02-06 October 2023 - Belgrade, Serbia
09-13 September 2024 - Valencia, Spain
PROJECT BASED LEARNING
PROJECT BASED LEARNING
Project-based learning is an instructional approach designed to give students the opportunity to develop knowledge and skills through engaging projects set around challenges and problems they may face in the real world. There have always been so many definitions which are produced to define PBL since its long history. One of the first and maybe the most important quotes related to PBL is Socrates’ words in 5th century: “Learning is not a process of serving information… it is neither the only nor the most important task of the teacher. The teacher’s task is to lead the student, so the student can conclude. I cannot teach anyone anything. I can just make him think.”
Project-based learning, or PBL, is more than just projects with PBL students “investigate and respond to an authentic, engaging, and complex problem, or challenge” with deep and sustained attention.
PBL can vary from one school to another, and even from one project to another. Its defining characteristics, however, remain constant. The PBL model:
– is organized around an open-ended driving question or challenge
– integrates essential abstract academic content and skills into the project development
– requires inquiry to learn or create something new
– requires critical thinking, problem-solving, collaboration, and communication (a group often called “21st-century skills”)
– allows student voice and choice
– incorporates feedback and revision
– results in a presentation of the problem definition, process, and final project
In the framework of that course, we will not only deeply focus on PBL we will also look at Research based Learning and Problem based Learning, the similarities and differences among these three approaches in order to find the best way to enable the students to get 21st century skills to catch the speed of fast changing life.
All the participants will:
- understand the basic elements of Project Based Learning
- understand the needs for PBL and learn how to design PBL based classes
- Improve teamwork by stimulating the necessary skills to create high quality PBL in classes
- discover the roles of students and teachers in PBL
- determine the learning strategies and thinking skills based on PBL
- learn the assessment of knowledge in PBL
- compare three approaches to understand the differences and similarities: Project Based Learning, Research Based Learning, Problem Based Learning
Objectives of the Course:
- Understanding what is PBL? Why is it different? How does it look like in the classroom?
- Recognizing the needs for PBL in 21st century.
- Understanding the roles of students and teachers in PBL.
- Defining the ways of creating high quality PBL in classrooms
- Discovering the characteristics of PBL
- Discussing the changing roles of students and teachers in PBL.
- Focusing on learning strategies and thinking skills
- Understanding objectives of PBL
Development of clinical reasoning skills
Development of self-directed study skills
Depth and focus of knowledge acquired
Development of conceptual skills
Development of team skills
- Designing sample PBL based lesson plans
- Comparing Research Based Learning, Problem Based Learning and Project Based Learning
- Understanding the assessment criteria and the possible methods in PBL
- Working in groups
- Comparing different approaches
- Analyzing and applying the principles
- Teachers, trainers, educators, school administrators, etc.
Before the course,
- A detailed pre-course questionnaire to indicate their level of experience, teaching backgrounds, and training will be completed by participants.
- They will also prepare a presentation to reflect their own teaching method.
- A course participation certificate will be given to all participants.
- A Europass Mobility Certificate will be given if the participant demands it, as well.
Ice-breaking activities and introduction of the course program
Getting to know each other – Presentation of participants (a five-minute presentation)
Collection of relevant information for making our school more international
Successful European partnership building
- Developing a school policy plan
Finding and analyzing the information on project development
Elaboration of the project idea, aims and objectives
- Quality issues related to project planning: reporting activities and methodologies
Creating intellectual output
- Use of web 2.0 in our classroom
Why and how to use Web 2.0 within the classroom
- Website, why in the classroom?
Creating websites with web or another program
- Topics to be used in a website
Introduction to basic ideas within a digital classroom
What do we understand by Digital Classroom
Participant presentations and sharing of mutual expectations.
- Advantages of bringing Web 2.0 to the school with interactive groups
ICT into the classroom
- Ways to implement activities within the classroom
- Practical simulations
Revision and time for expanding knowledge on Erasmus plus funds Web 2.0 tools and eTwinning projects
Introduction of the itec-designing the future classrooms with innovative tools
Brainstorming what will the future classrooms look like
- New educational trends and approaches
- Flipped classrooms
- Augmented reality
- Coding with scratch
Team building and let participants design their own classrooms with teaching sceneries
Final considerations to apply in the classroom
- Group Workshop: creating real activities using ICT though cooperative work
Overview of the course program
Evaluation of the course program
Filling the feedback forms
Europass Mobility Certificate, Participation Certificate