Project-Based Learning Master Course

Everything You Need to Know About Project-Based Learning

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Want to do Project-Based Learning with Your Students?

Think back to the most epic learning experience you ever had. Chances are, it wasn't a worksheet or a section review or a lecture. It was probably a project. A real project. The kind of project where you had authentic voice and choice. And chances are, you remember that teacher forever because of the willingness to take a huge creative risk.

This is at the heart of project-based learning. Our world is changing. At one time, we could depend on a formula: do well in school, go to college, and climb the corporate ladder. But things have changed. The ladder is gone and in its place is a maze. Our students will need to know how to problem-solve and navigate this maze. As automation and artificial intelligence continue, they will need to know how to work within the Creative Economy. They will need to think like engineers and artists and entrepreneurs.

This might sound terrifying but there’s also a hidden opportunity. Our students will rewrite the rules.

But this requires projects.

Real projects.

The kind that students own.

And when this happens, students' lives are changed.

You're In the Right Place

If you're here, there's a good chance you’re probably curious about project-based learning. Maybe you’ve heard the term before but you’re not sure what it means. Maybe you’ve tried to do projects before but they fell flat or they weren’t aligned to the standards or the groups didn’t function well. For me, the PBL journey started back when I was in middle school when I did this epic project that changed my life forever. Later, when I was a teacher, I wanted to be that same kind of teacher for my own students. Maybe your story is like mine. Perhaps you have that epic teacher who inspired you to become a teacher and now you want to do the same thing for your students but you’re not sure where to start.

For the last few years, I’ve done PBL training throughout the world and I’ve surveyed teachers who are just starting out with project-based learning. Here are the most common questions.

What is PBL?

What if I don’t have the best technology?

What about the standards?

What about the test?

How do you make time for PBL?

Won’t classroom management be a nightmare?

What about the structures and scaffolds?

How do I get principals and parents on board?

Sound familiar?

These are the questions we all ask along the way. These were the same types of questions I had when starting out on my PBL journey and they were the questions I continued to explore for over a decade as a teacher who taught through a project-based learning framework.

But at the time, I had to learn through trial and error. I spent years figuring out what to do. For this reason, I spent the last two months interviewing experts throughout the PBL community with the goal of creating a self-paced course for anyone who wants to explore project-based learning and develop their own PBL unit plan. This is the kind of course I wish I had been able to take over a decade ago when I was starting out in my PBL journey.

Introducing the P.B.L. Master Course

This course offers a practical framework you can use to design an authentic PBL unit plan that's aligned to the standards. It also includes specific scaffolds so that all students can engage in the project-based learning process.

  • Easy-to-follow lessons? YES
  • Instructional videos? YES
  • Complete PBL projects, unit plans, and resources you can use from day one? YES
  • Supportive community of fellow teacher-makers? YES
  • Access to the author, who will answer any of your PBL questions? YES

BONUS: This course also comes with bonus access to a 10-pack of maker projects.

About This Course

This course is grounded in proven principles and strategies that work. It’s broken down into simple, step-by-step lessons that allow you to walk through the PBL process. Each lesson will leave you with resources, optional extensions, and an easy-to-follow action item as you move closer to the finished product.

No guesswork.

No reverse engineering.

No more hours or searching the internet for something that makes sense.

How This Course Works: Easy as 1-2-3

  1. You will start the day’s lesson with a short reading assignment and video. This will provide some background knowledge before diving into the ideas.
  2. Next, you go in-depth with videos, step-by-step instructions, and optional extension activities.
  3. You will end with a specific, hands-on mission that will take you closer to designing your makerspace.

About Your Teacher

Dr. John Spencer
Dr. John Spencer

John is a former middle school teacher and current professor of educational technology. John creates books, podcasts, articles, and resources designed to empower teachers to transform their classrooms into bastions of creativity and wonder. He is an expert on project-based learning, design thinking, and empowering students with voice and choice.

Course Overview: Videos, Lessons, and Resources

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Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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