What’s the deal with PBL?
Explore the potential for Project Based Learning (PBL) to change the way you teach.
Carefully planned and managed authentic PBL projects that effectively integrate technology, encourage students to become independent workers, critical thinkers and lifelong learners. This two-day introductory workshop will allow teachers to explore the potential of Project Based Learning (PBL) as an effective and enjoyable way for students to learn, and develop deeper learning competencies.
“PBL is not just a way of learning; it’s a way of working together. If students learn to take responsibility for their own learning, they will form the basis for the way they will work with others in their adult lives.”
- Keynote by Dr Mitch Parsell on the importance of learning communities and how they can support and sustain inquiry.
- Project Slice – experience an immersive PBL project slice to gain insight into the student experience.
- Reflective analysis of PBL – Participants will delve into PBL concepts, practices and methods. Some common misconceptions such as the difference between PBL and ‘doing projects’ will also be explored.
- Project slice – participants will experience a very different short, immersive project aimed to inspire, excite and capture imaginations.
- Design a PBL project – participants will begin to draft their own project plans for their own students with a focus on PBL basics, including differentiation, and curation practices.
- Participants will be required to bring existing assessments and units of work that lend themselves to be transformed into Project Based Learning opportunities.
Audience: All teachers and school leaders
Keywords: Project Based Learning, Pedagogy, Inquiry Learning, Learner Centric, Inter-disciplinary, Authentic Learning, Future Focused, Digital Literacy.
What is Project Based Learning?
Project Based Learning is a teaching method in which students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to an authentic, engaging and complex question, problem, or challenge. – Buck Institute for Education (BIE)
Dr Mitch Parsell
Associate Dean, Learning and Teaching, Faculty of Human Sciences, Macquarie University
Mitch’s research covers three domains: the scholarship of learning and teaching, applied ethics and cognitive science. He has been an external consultant for the New South Wales Institute of Teachers and THINK Education Group. In 2008 was awarded an Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC) Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning.
As team leader at MacICT, Cathie is passionate about building the capacity of teachers to design learning consistent with 21st century skills and pedagogies. She has worked with thousands of K – 12 teachers across a range of professional learning activities that have assisted teachers to explore research on current and emerging digital pedagogies, develop a deeper understanding of future focused learning as well as the skills and understandings to design inquiry based digital learning that effectively integrates technology.
Researcher, Developer, Facilitator
Michael is a lecturer in the Department of Educational Studies, specialising in the areas of English Methodology and ICT. Since commencing his teaching career in 2001, he has taught English, ESL, Music and Technology in secondary schools across northern and western Sydney. In 2011, he received training in the New Tech Network model of Project Based Learning (PBL) and was chiefly involved developing and implementing an integrated curriculum program that incorporates PBL and cross-curricula team teaching in open plan environments.
Researcher, Developer, Facilitator
Khyiah is both a PhD candidate in multimodality and a sessional academic in the School of Education at Macquarie University. As an Educator, Khyiah has 15 years experience across primary and high school settings. She has a Master’s degree in Creative Writing, and another in Gender Studies and is also a published author of young adult fiction. Khyiah is experienced in working with school teams in shifting teaching and learning pedagogies to incorporate 21st Century skills.
28 and 29 November 2016 (two-day course)
Location: North Ryde, NSW
Time: 8:30am – 4:00pm each day
Cost: $330 (inclGST)
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