The George Lucas Educational Foundation has created a professional development module called “Project-Based Learning,” the second in a series of free teaching modules developed by education experts to help teachers prepare students for the new, technology-driven demands of the 21st century. According to the site, students who wish to be successful must learn to solve complex problems and use digital-age skills—including high-tech tools and the synthesis of information—to be effective participants in tomorrow’s work place. This site defines project-based learning (PBL) for educators, explains why it’s an important instructional approaching existing practices. Teachers will find high-quality instructional outlines, suggested activities and reading material, research to support PBL as an effective teaching strategy, and more. According to the site, all activities within the module correlate with the National Educational Technolgy Standards produce by the International Society for TEchnolgy in Education.

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