Project-Based Learning and Multimedia :
Designing a Powerpoint Project
Introduction - Why Project-Based Learning - Curriculum Standards -
Frame an Essential Question - Curriculum Standards -
Planning the Project - Assessment - Exemplary PBL Units - Technology Resources
learning is touted as a way to create standards-based, authentic,
engaging tasks that motivate students to learn. However, research on
the Internet, "best practices" for unit design and implementation can
be overwhelming. Project-based learning tasks take many shapes and
offer a variety of venues for presenting the information. Today we will
focus on the use of multimedia with a project-based learning task. The
professional learning quest will include choosing a curriculum
standard, identifying an essential question and creating an assessment.
The project will be presented and shared using multimedia. Throughout
the process many 21st century skills will be reviewed including using
online tools to brainstorm, searching for high-quality resources and
using the technologies for creating a multimedia product.
Why would you use project-based learning in your classroom?
Buck Institute for Education: A Project-Based Learning Handbook
"PBL is an attempt to create new instructional practices that reflect the environment in which children now live and learn."
What is Project-Based Learning? An Overview
Why is Project-Based Learning Important?
Multiple Intelligences and PBL
Characteristics of Projects:
Designing Effective Projects : Intel Education
Characteristics of Projects
Identify a standard you (and a partner) would like to target. Here are some sites you can use to help you:
Greenwich Public Schools Curriculum Site
Greenwich Library Online Catalog - Search for Standards
Connecticut State Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Frame the Essential Question:
your curriculum standard and "enduring understanding", frame the "right
question". Work with a partner to craft questions for your unit.
Asking the Right Questions : Essential Questions & Project-Based Learning
Resources on Framing an Essential Question & Enduring Understandings
Plan the Project:
Planning the Project
Unit Design Guidelines (PDF form)
Planning Form (PDF)
Project-Based Learning Collaboration Form (PDF)
Exemplary Ideas for Project-Based Learning Units:
Designing Effective Projects: Unit Plans by Grade Level
Read - Write - Think Lesson Ideas
PBL Exemplary Projects
WISE - Web-Based Inquiry Science Environment
Project-Based Learning with Technology: A Community of Learners
RubiStar - Create a Rubric for your Project-Based Learning Unit
Project-Based Learning Checklist
Planning Project Assessment
Evaluating the Unit
Mactopia for Presentation Templates
Free Templates for Powerpoint Presentations
Tips, articles and how-tos on delivering an effective presentation.