Project-based learning has skyrocketed in popularity in recent years, mainly due to its ability to help students connect their classroom lessons with real-world applications and careers.

Many educators say they see their students’ engagement increase tremendously when concepts are presented in real-world context, requiring them to use skills they’ve learned to solve problems they might encounter in their adult or professional worlds.

Maybe you’re new to project-based learning (PBL) and need some resources to move it into your classroom, or maybe you’re looking for some fresh PBL approaches. Whatever your need, we’ve gathered PBL resources and some examples of how educators are using PBL in their classrooms.

1. Learn how these fourth- and fifth-grade students are using PBL in their classrooms for units on inventions, teamwork, artist studies, and 3D printing.

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2. Method Schools implemented PBL through a blended learning model, which turned out to be a highly flexible model for success for teachers and students.

3. Children in the Mehlville School District in Missouri may have the chance in two years to attend an elementary school with an alternative PBL curriculum–one that uses real-world problems to help students learn and without the restraints grade levels sometimes place on learning. The school would use technology and different instruction methods to help children learn at their own pace. They could hone their reading, math and science skills by developing solutions to problems in their community — such as hunger or water shortages — and through projects that require critical thinking. And if a first-grader is capable of fourth grade math, she would learn at a fourth-grade level.

4. Discover how three educators use PBL in science and STEM courses to encourage girls to participate in science and generate more enthusiasm for and engagement in STEM.

5. Here’s another STEM-based PBL resource, which emphasizes the need for schools to find a way to more authentically recreate how researchers actually work.

6. Passion-based learning, in which educators focus on students’ interests and strengths, lends itself well to PBL challenges. One educator offers the 4 essential elements to such a scenario.

7. Check out these 28 apps that are designed for PBL challenges.

Laura Ascione
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Laura Ascione

Laura Ascione is the Managing Editor, Content Services at eSchool Media. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland's prestigious Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Find Laura on Twitter: @eSN_Laura