"I think PBL is a great idea for teaching language, But I think PBL in Science or in language teaching, when it comes to beginners, I mean those students that dont have the necessary previous knowledge available, should be used with care. See we…"
"Hello Elizabeth and fellow PBL~Better with Practice friends,
I suggest you have a look at: The Decameron Web is a project of the Italian Studies Department's Virtual Humanities Lab at Brown University.…"
Do you know about Google Lit Trips? It's a terrific language arts project that uses Google Earth and visual imagery to get kids immersed in great literature. Teachers (and students) take it in all sorts of interesting directions.…"
"Suzie, students built actual models...one that comes to mind was on wheels, it was hilarious! I haven't used Google Sketchup, that looks very intriguing!! They did work in groups at times, but not for the final house... that's something I…"
"What makes PBL so promising in LA is when we create situations where students read and write for an authentic purpose on a topic they are passionate about. One year, a group of Grades 9's got kicked up about a teenage pregnancy centre where…"
I hope I can offer you some guidance on this question. I thought PBL would be all but impossible in LA as well, but have changed my mind. I think the project you described sounds great by the way! I have had some success by doing…"
Sounds like you're digging into resources--a great way to get started with PBL.
Education blogs are another good source for getting a window into projects. Lisa Parisi (also a member of this group) just wrote a wonderful piece about…"
"For your Dream House project, did students build an actual model? Or sketch? Curious whether anyone used Google Sketchup?
If you were to do this project again, would you consider having students work in teams? You'd have fewer projects to…"
"Thank you for those great links!! I have used wikis and classroom blogs with some successes and some frustrations...A big project I tried last year I called the "Dream House" project. It was non-fiction and research based. Students chose a…"
Welcome to PBL~Better with Practice. You're going to find some terrific collaborators here.
I'm curious what sorts of projects you've tried already in your language arts class. What worked well? What didn't?
With your interest in Technology for your middle schoolers, I recommend you take a look at Wiziq's virtual classroom and authorstream's power point presentation platform. Both are web based platforms, have a bunch of features and free basic service. Here’s a public class recording you might find of interest.