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What’s PBL, ML and MakerEd Got to do with Tech?

10 Jan

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Today I had the pleasure of participating in an edwebnet webinar with Susan Wells. She discussed the differences between project-based learning, problem-based learning, mobile learning and the maker ed movement.

PBL – project-based learning usually contains an extended project, it has authentic connections outside of the classroom, produces a product and is student-directed. (Some of our schools have utilized this as a basis for their week long PBL’s called Innovation Week at the end of December and June.)

PBL – problem-based learning is like PBL above yet it has more formalized steps, more teacher direction.

ML – mobile learning utilizes personal devices for just-in-time both informal/formal learning and can be transformative in nature depending upon the structure of the project/activity.

MakerEd – this movement creates opportunities for students to develop competence, spark interest cross-curricularly and create a product. It involves collaboration, leadership skills, problem solving, connecting with community organizations, etc. (See Maker Faires found across the globe at http://makerfaire.com/map.)

For teachers interested in how any of the above learning approaches work, check out how CampEdTechGreen works where students attend a one week summer camp. http://www.campedtechgreen.com/camp-blog.html

Other resources include:

Learning tools and Resources for MakerEd can include, but are not limited to:

The overall push for any of these learning frameworks is to engage students to invent, discover, create, honor the learning process, and connect more deeply with the curriculum. I see some of teachers and librarians creating spaces in their environments for students to work on these projects and it’s a win-win for all involved!

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