Project-based Learning Encouraging Global Connections
Dreamdo Schools is a free project-based learning (PBL) platform that allows teachers and students to create and contribute to projects, sharing learning and experiences with their classmates and potentially the world. The projects posted are intended to inspire students to develop their own ideas, create a project, and document their accomplishments. A search tool helps students find projects that match their interests by subject area, topic, and age range. A Teacher Package lays out a detailed guide to help students brainstorm, plan, and execute a project that they can then document and share on Dreamdo. The package also includes printables for facilitating classroom activities. To maximize students’ learning potential, teachers can take advantage of the message feature to build connections with classrooms around the world. They can send private messages to other educators and collaborate on a project around a particular issue that both classes can document through Dreamdo.
Each month we publish blogs and several newsletters full of digital learning, funding, professional growth, social media, and STEM resources. Below are items from our blogs and newsletters that educators turned to the most in April.
Project-based learning (PBL) is a topic many teachers are interested in, but are unsure of how to implement or understand if it is working. Long before my Epic Romeo and Juliet Project, the first major project I created was during my student teaching 10 years ago. I thought it would be a great idea to hold a mock trial in my class after reading Huck Finn. I wanted students to put Mark Twain on trial for being a racist. At the time, there was some uproar across the nation on whether or not Huck should be taught in schools. We had discussed the topic in class and I thought this would be an engaging way for students to explore both sides of the issue and make up their minds.
An innovative, project-based curriculum for middle school and high school, Rock Your World inspires students to ask bold questions about the challenges they see in their neighborhoods, communities, and the world around them, and then engages them in the development of advocacy campaigns designed to overcome those challenges.