Project Based Learning (PBL) 101: Start Your First Project

If you are interested in exploring PBL but don't know where to start, this PD is for you. We will look at how to design meaningful projects with teacher-made examples and connect learning to content standards while providing opportunities for students to express their unique strengths. Plan to develop and deliver your first project with the guidance and resources from this PD.

Duration: 3 hours (Two 90 minute sessions)

Module 1

  • What is Project Based Learning and what are the benefits?

  • Dissecting a Project Example from start to finish

  • The key elements of PBL

  • Facilitating PBL, student expectations and classwork

  • Multiple subject area collaboration

  • Authentic deliverables and student presentations 

Module 2

  • Crafting a meaningful Driving Question

  • Developing a Single Point Rubric for Assessment

  • Differentiation in PBL

  • Project Planning Documents

  • Start your own Project Plan and receive feedback

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Mark Barnett is passionate about Project-Based Learning and teaching students to create with technology. With 14 years of experience in STEAM and maker education and online teaching, he has consulted with teachers and administrators all over the world to set up and design impactful learning experiences with makerspaces and related education themes. He has also been teaching teachers how to transition to virtual, self-paced and digital instruction, modeling on best practices from experts all over the globe.


Mark also speaks internationally about equity and access to STEAM and maker education, most notably at the Stanford FabLearn Conference, MIT Libre Learn Lab, SXSWedu, EARCOS in Bangkok, UNESCO in India and at 21st Century Learning in Hong Kong. Mark spends his free time travelling and learning with his family while working on a PhD in Computer Engineering to study how students construct and relate to new knowledge.

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