Project-Based Learning (PBL) is a new teaching method in K-12 classrooms that focuses on a mixture of education technology, soft-skill building and real-world examples.
FREMONT, CA: As per the report of the World Economic Forum, more than half of employees will require significant re-skilling in the coming three years to meet 21st-century expectations. While cloud computing competency and basic programming knowledge are some digital skills needed in critical in tech-driven environments. K–12 schools are adopting a new approach that is ideal for technology integration: project-based learning (PBL) to help bridge the gap between current skill sets and the next generation of employees.
Exposing Students to 'Real-World Topics' and 'Authentic Experiences'
Project-based learning is more effective because it focuses on "more authentic experiences in the real world beyond school walls. The "project" in project-based learning isn't just a robot or computer program that students show off at the science fair; instead, projects are analogous to "units of the curriculum that teach both content and skills."
These types of projects demand teacher-student interaction at a group level. It is much more different from the research projects of classrooms past where students were given due dates and instructions and then left to fend for themselves. It will link real-world issues with in-classroom efforts. Educators will guide the students in the whole process from the initial stage to the final level. The ultimate goal of this project is to develop intrinsic learning motivation among students.
Moving Beyond the Three R's to Boost Engagement
Rote and repetition-based teaching strengthens the three R's that are reading, writing, and arithmetic. It can achieve the narrow-focus goal of getting students to remember specific pieces of information used for organized activities or to complete exams successfully. Project-based learning focuses on broadly applicable skills that transcend individual outcomes. By doing so, it takes a more holistic approach. Project-based learning enables students to more focus on projects and makes critical interdisciplinary connections. It boosts their understanding and engagements.