Use projects to move students from artificial to authentic. What could be better?

"Project Based Learning goes beyond generating student interest. Well designed projects encourage active inquiry and higher-level thinking." (Thomas, 1998)

Technology and Project Learning go hand in hand. Fortunately for us, many digital tools facilitate engaging and authentic student projects.

Tips on using digital tools to create student projects:

1. Begin with the end in mind: use technology to meet your core obligation - the standards
2. Start with guiding questions that are relevant to the real world
3. Expand your audience: students, parents, community, other classrooms
4. Test the tool first - the task may take longer than you think!
5. KISS: use simple tools first
6. Stay connected professionally to keep on the lookout for new resources and ideas

Ask a Question- It may help you plan your project if you start with a question (see #2 above)- here are some examples of critical skills challenges than might do that.

Example of Project Based Learning

Newsome Park Elementary School



Aligning Standards

1) Watch the following: 8th Grade Math Unit

2) In your group, try to align as many standards as you can within 10 minutes

you can use the SD DOE website as a reference SD DOE Standards

3) Let's share and compare.


Planning the Project

Global School Introduction to Project Based Learning
Project Based Learning Online- from the Buck Institute and Edutopia
Designing a Project Based Lesson
Project Based Learning Checklists
Project Planning Graphic
PBL from Master Teacher Academy





Additional Resources


Joanne Bohl's Wiki


Making Teachers Nerdy- Let the Project Based Learning Begin