New! Pop-Up Projects
Join a Pop-Up Project!
Join a facilitated cohort of teachers from around the country to implement a shared Gold Standard PBL project over a 2-week period in your classroom. Projects designed for Grades 3-12 – remote, hybrid, or in-person.
Our expert National Faculty will guide you every step of the way, while introducing/reinforcing key PBL practices.
Time: Five 1.5-hour professional development sessions
Available in 2021!
Let's implement a project together!
"Our Lives Online"
Students reflect on the ways they, their friends, and their families use social media, and learn about the impacts of social media on mental and physical health, communities, and societies. They engage in a design thinking process to investigate a specific challenge associated with technology and social media use and design a solution to that challenge. Students present their solution in a 3-5 minute digital “pitch” that outlines the challenge and proposed solution and explains how the design was informed by a human-centered design process. For Grades 3-12.
Driving Question: How can we make the internet a healthier place for our friends, families, and communities?
"Building New Worlds"
Students create a vision for a new reality, addressing considerations like governmental, economic, and social structures, transportation and communication, conflict resolution, and human relationships to one another and to the physical environment. To inform this vision, students explore examples of social and cultural practices from around the world and throughout history. They also read and discuss speculative fiction set in imagined societies. As a final product, students create a 3-5 minute digital “tour” of the world they have imagined. For Grades 3-12.
Driving Question: What other worlds are possible?
- A ready-made, high-quality project for you to use with your students.
- A multi-week facilitated experience consisting of five (5) 90-minute professional development webinars, to support each step of your project facilitation.
- Opportunities to plan, collaborate, and reflect with a cohort of other teachers facilitating the same project at the same time.
- Guided by a member of the PBLWorks National Faculty – a hand-picked group of seasoned teachers, administrators, school coaches, and PBL experts.
You'll meet with your facilitator and cohort in 5 sessions over 2-3 weeks. Each session meeting is 90-minutes.
Session 1: Project Launch
Session 2: Build Knowledge
Session 3: Develop & Critique
Session 4: Present Learning
Session 5: Feedback & Project Reflection
Is this for you?
Pop-Up Projects are designed for practicing classroom teachers in Grades 3-12. This is a great experience whether you're new to PBL or a more experienced practitioner.
- Implement a high-quality project in your classroom.
- Learn and apply the elements of High Quality PBL, the phases of the Project Path, and key PBL instructional strategies.
Required Text: None. Required materials are provided online
Supplemental Reading (optional): Setting the Standard for Project Based Learning (Larmer, Mergendoller, & Boss, 2015)
- Desktop, laptop, Chromebook, or Surface PRO 4 or newer are ideal. (We do not recommend iOS or Android tablets)
- Speakers (either external or internal) or headphones/earbuds
- Webcam (either external or internal)
- An internet connection – broadband wired or wireless
- 3Mbps/3Mbps (upload/download) – Not sure? Check here.
- Mac OS 10.10 or newer, Windows 10 or newer, and Chrome OS Browsers
- Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Microsoft Edge are recommended.