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Two EdLeaders on Global, High-Quality PBL

By Tom Vander Ark — December 21, 2016 1 min read
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By Guest Author Bonnie Lathram

For the past few years the Getting Smart Team has coordinated the iNACOL Symposium Voices Hub, where we invite teachers, education leaders and any other interested attendees to visit and record their thoughts for the Getting Smart Podcast on what’s new and innovative in education.

Rody Boonchouy, Senior Director of Innovation and Strategic Partnerships, and Brandon Wiley, Chief Program Officer, at Buck Institute for Education attended the event this year and joined us to add their voices to the mix as well.

As we wrap 2016, we note that multiple trends emerged in education. One significant trend this year was project-based learning (PBL). PBL is not new, but it is getting attention as a pedagogy that can, when done well, support all students and even make teaching more enjoyable. As Tom Vander Ark, Bob Lenz and I noted in our article, “It’s a Project-Based World. Let’s Prepare Students for It:”

“The world has changed dramatically and schools have not. PBL is a method that will engage students now in significant learning and will prepare them for success in our complex and competitive world.”

On GettingSmart.com, we have published close to 100 blogs on the topic as well as two publications on the preparation of students and teachers for a project-based world. And taking that further into 2017, we are devoted to writing about and discussing what high-quality PBL is and is not.

What do you think? Tweet us @Getting_Smart and use the hashtag #PBL.

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