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June 16, 2017
Top 5 PBL News Stories

by John Larmer
Editor in Chief

June 12-16, 2017

Each Friday we post a list of articles, blog posts, research studies, and other resources we’ve run across that relate to Project Based Learning.

Here’s what we liked this week:

Should Schools Test the 'Career' Half of 'College and Career'?
Education Week
This article highlights the need to develop assessments for the skills students need on the job—which PBL teaches—and describes fledgling efforts to do so. One assessment created by the nonprofit Talent 2025 includes students’ “experiences with team projects or problem-solving.”

We Need to Rethink How We Educate Kids to Tackle the Jobs of the Future
Here’s one from the business world that points to the need for PBL, saying “nearly half of the jobs that exist today will be automated in the next 20 years. So to prepare for the future, we need to replace our regimented education system with one that fosters skills like teamwork, communication and exploration.”

PBL at Barrie Wilson School
This is a well-done homemade video from an elementary school in Canada, explaining how they’ve been using PBL (with guidance from BIE’s workshop and book).

Fire Up Your Class With Student-Interest Surveys
Student voice and choice is an Essential Element of a good project. This post has some great suggestions for uncovering students’ interests via surveys, which can give teachers ideas for engaging projects.

Ready for the workforce: New Tech High to teach entrepreneurship
Argus Leader
A high school in Sioux Falls, South Dakota is launching an “entrepreneurial mindset” class featuring PBL.


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