Project-Based Learning: Creating a Modern Education of Curiosity, Innovation, & Impact
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What does it mean to be well-educated, when facts are available at the touch of a button?
How can we come to a deeper understanding of our world amid the modern, massive stream of incoming information?
Project-Based Learning: Creating a Modern Education of Curiosity, Innovation, and Impact makes the case for using project-based learning to do just that.
By focusing on how subjects and skills are best learned, project-based learning has the potential to revolutionize the role of education and community. It creates a partnership between educators and students, as they journey through the process of learning, presenting tangible outcomes for personal and social impact. There is a world-wide movement growing in support of using project-based learning to expand the possibilities of education, and we want you to be a part of it!
Project-Based Learning: Creating a Modern Education of Curiosity, Innovation, and Impact covers everything from the inspirational “why” through the practical “how-to,” including eight pre-designed project examples, and student and teacher workbooks to assist in planning your projects from start to finish. This unique resource is accessible to all educators in every kind of learning environment. Every section of this book has been thoughtfully and thoroughly designed to empower you to begin using project-based learning right away.
Project-Based Learning: Creating a Modern Education of Curiosity, Innovation, and Impact has everything educators in any setting need to get started with project-based learning!This book is written for a wide and inclusive audience. Regardless of whether you are a teacher in a public or private school, an educator at a museum or organization, a parent who home educates, or an administrator seeking to support your staff in changing the perspective and practice of education, we wrote this book for you.
From the book’s Prologue:
” Project-Based Learning: Creating a Modern Education of Curiosity, Innovation, and Impactproposes that project-based learning is a profound methodology to use with students in today’s age. The process of project-based learning leads to a modern education connecting knowledge with the skills needed to apply that knowledge. This connection results in an increase in curiosity as kids are allowed to explore what intellectually intrigues them in a way that is holistic and personal. Project-based learning by its very nature is more student-led than seen in most traditional settings. This approach is open-ended and variable, encouraging innovation, highly individual outcomes, and a real partnership between students and their teachers. This has a profound impact on the learner’s relationship with the acquisition of knowledge and what they can do with that outside of an academic setting.
Project-based learning is a journey in which the educator is just as changed by the end as the student. In the following pages, you will find not just the why, but the how, for taking a new path toward academic integrity, personal growth, and social impact. We give concrete examples and creative ways of approaching topics that might just change the way you see lifelong learning. We also make a solid case for project-based learning as the best catalyst for obtaining the skills essential to a rapidly changing future. ”
Project-Based Learning Book details
350+ pages divided into 4 sections covering everything you need to use project-based learning with students in every environment.
- Unit 1: The Why of project-based learning (PBL), including some educational philosophy and child development. This is an inspirational explanation of why every education should include PBL.
- Unit 2: The Why of project-based learning: this is a step-by-step guide for how educators can develop their own projects for PBL.
- Unit 3: 8 projects planned for you ranging in length and topic for a variety of age ranges that educators can use with students or as an example to help them plan their own projects. You can use these as planned by us or as starting points to create your own similar project. Alternatively, you can use them as guides when planning your own project.
- Appendix: Student and Educator Workbooks to use when developing a project and during a project.
About the authors
Blair Lee MS has over thirty years of experience as an educator. Blair has Bachelors in Ecology, Behavior, and Evolution and in General Chemistry. She has a Masters in Environmental Chemistry. After graduation, she went to work teaching Human Heredity and Chemistry at Community Colleges in San Diego, California. It was then that Blair began thinking about how learning best happens and what education would look like if in an academically-rich setting there was a paradigm shift from teaching-focused environments to learning-focused ones. Blair works as a passionate advocate of innovative academics where the focus is on how subjects are best learned.
In 2006, Blair began working as a curriculum developer. She has written eight concept-rich, hands-on science courses comprised of eleven books. She is a primary author for the critically acclaimed R.E.A.L. Science Odyssey Series and author of The Science of Climate Change: A Hands-On Course. In 2015, she founded the international organization Secular, Eclectic, Academics (SEA). SEA advocates for an innovative academically-rich journey through learning for students.
Currently, Blair has several writing projects she is working on. She also speaks about project-based learning, innovative academics, and how science is best learned. Blair works as a consultant to curriculum developers, public K-12 schools, and families. When she isn’t working, Blair loves to travel and hang out with friends.
Samantha Matalone Cook MAT has almost three decades of experience in education, program development, and the arts and is a dedicated mentor and lifelong learner. She has a BA in Humanities, with an emphasis in Medieval History and Archaeology, and a MAT from the George Washington Graduate School of Education and Human Development, specializing in Museum Education. As an educator, Samantha has worked with both small and large organizations to create educational programming that centers and connects the learner to concepts and skills. She has taught in classrooms and in private workshops, mentored other educators, and worked for and with many museums including the Smithsonian.
Samantha consistently writes about history and the humanities, feminism, mythology, human development and learning, and alternative education and educational reform for various publications. She is an active speaker and advocate, featured at many events including Maker Faire, HSC Conference, Mastermind Talks, East Bay Mini Maker Faire, The Global Education conference, AERO, SEA and more. Samantha is a founder and advisor of Mothership Hackermoms, an organization in Berkeley that gives new mothers creative support and provides child care. She is founder and former ED for Curiosity Hacked, a non-profit hackerspace for kids and families, where she built international learning communities and pushed the boundaries of what learner-centered, alternative STEAM education could look like.
Currently, Samantha is working on a consulting basis with both families and organizations, leading educator workshops, as well as continuing to experiment with learning through classes and workshops. She has been teaching dynamic, project-based classes on History and the Humanities for many years, and continues to expand how her favorite subject can be used as a catalyst for understanding, expression, and intersectionality. After the publication of this book, Samantha is writing Ancient History curriculum that combines research, language arts, geography and projects, which is the first of a four part series for Pandia Press’ History Odyssey. She also finds new adventures and manages mischief every day with her three kids in their mountain home.
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