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Welcome to the PBL Academy Jumpstart PowerPoint!Please view this PowerPoint in Slide Show mode so that you can access the linked websites.

welcome to the pbl academy jumpstart how to use this powerpoint
Welcome to the PBL Academy Jumpstart!How to use this Powerpoint
  • Before you do anything, go to to register for a username and password on PRISM so that you have full access to all of the resources available on the PBL Academy website. On the home page, there is a link in the left column to create an account.
  • You’ll need to be connected to the internet in order to see the websites to which this Powerpoint is linked. So get connected!
  • Start the Powerpoint slide show, if you aren’t already in that mode. Ask someone if you don’t know how.
  • When you see text that is in colorand underlined, you should be able to click on the text and be connected to a website. Try it by clicking this one and see if it takes you to the PBL Academy website. (remember it only works if you are in the slide show mode)
  • After viewing a website, you’ll need to get back to the slide show in Powerpoint.
pbl and the pbl academy project based learning for all

PBL and The PBL AcademyProject Based Learning for All

The following slides are intended to answer these common questions.

Why should I change my instruction?

What exactly is PBL and why is it a useful classroom tool?

What is the PBL Academy?

What will be expected of me at the PBL Academy?

Start the slide show to get some answers.

why should i change my instruction
Why should I change my instruction?

The world is changing and education must adapt to these changes. There is a great deal of evidence of this. For some powerful reasons, view these Youtube videos “Did You Know 2014” and “Changing Education Paradigms”.

There are many other places you can find similar calls to change. “Deeper Learning” is currently the term being used to describe the kind of learning in which our students need to be engaged. Click on the link to learn more details.

2 what exactly is pbl and why is it a useful classroom tool for today
2.What exactly is PBL and why is it a useful classroom toolfor today?

According to the Buck Institute for Education (BIE)

Project Based Learning”is a teaching method in which students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to a complex question, problem, or challenge”.

Watch “Project Based Learning Explained” for a 3.5 minute overview of PBL.

BIE’s website is a great source of information and tools for anyone wanting to understand PBL and begin to use it.

For some good reasons to use PBL, go to and explore the site. Be certain to look at the research section for a variety of evidence that PBL “works”.

what does pbl look like in a classroom
What does PBL look like in a classroom?

The best way to get a sense of PBL in action is to view some of the resources available either on the BIE website or the website of Edutopia. You’ll have some choices of the grade level and content area to view, so you can see something you can imagine in your classroom.

On the BIE site, you’ll find a video library . In the right hand column of this site, is a search function that will help you narrow your choices.

On the Edutopia site, it isn’t as easy to find a video in your area, but there are some great videos to explore.

what is the pbl academy why should an educator attend
What is the PBL Academy? Why should an educator attend?

The PBL Academy provides project-based learning instruction, structure, and on-going support for K-16 educators. The goal of the PBL Academy is to help teachers improve student achievement through rigorous, authentic projects with community partners that address academic standards as well as the development of deeper learning.

The PBL Academy offers a comprehensive introduction to project-based learning as well as workshops for experienced practitioners who want to hone their skills. By clicking on the click above or going to,you will find the website of the PBL Academy with explanations of what we provide and links to useful resources.

What is the PBL Academy?

Why should an educator attend?

Educators from the classroom to the central office can benefit from the professional development offered by The PBL Academy. Learn more about the three themes addressed throughout the week-long program.

The successful utilization of PBL in the classroom is highly effective teaching that results in successful student performance.Read moreabout how PBL relates to RISE and similar teacher evaluation rubrics.

The support and involvement of school and district leaders in PBL is fundamental to its success in the classroom.Read_more about how The PBL Academy can improve 1-to-1 computing implementation, shed light on an administrator's evaluation process, and give schools a competitive advantage in student retention.

Building a PBL-based support system within a school or district can increase teacher collaboration and student success.Read_more about how The PBL Academy supports the development of a collaborative culture.

PBL ACADEMY Summer Sessions

  • The week-long PBL Academy “PBL 101” sessions provide a strong introduction to PBL and support participants to develop PBL units for use in their own instruction.
  • Shorter sessions are available for administrators and to support those who have already attended a 101 session.

The PBL Academy has joined with others interested in PBL to form the Indiana Collaborative for PBLor ICPBL. The ICPBL or The Collaborative is comprised of six organizations which have come together for the purpose of supporting, sponsoring, and funding specific PBL project work across the state of Indiana.

It partners with Rose Hulman Technical Institute to create and maintain a website that includes a project library, links to PBL resources, links to each of the three supporting organizations, and information about the PBL Teacher Certification process.

the pbl academy offers something for every educator
The PBL Academy offers something for every educator

Take a look at the different programs for this summer.

  • PBL 101: understanding PBL and creating a successful project.
  • Advanced: managing the PBL classroom.
  • PBL Educator Certification.
  • PBL for School Administrators.
  • Click here to learn more about all of these programs.
what will be expected of me at the pbl academy
What will be expected of me at the PBL Academy?

As with any educational experience that is worth anything, you will work hard AND have fun. The PBL Academy is facilitated by educators who practice PBL with real students in real classrooms. They understand both PBL AND the contexts of schools. They will have high expectations AND provide lots of support as you learn about PBL and design a PBL unit for your own use.


  • Sessions will begin daily at 9 am and end by 4 pm.
  • You will be well fed. Continental breakfast starts about 8:30, snacks are provided throughout the day and a great lunch will be served around noon. Please be sure you have let us know food allergies, etc.
  • There will be wireless internet access. A laptop will be provided if you don’t have one to bring.
  • You will receive a certificate indicated the number of PGPs you have earned, based on the number of hours you participate.
  • If you would like to get university credit, that can be arranged the first day of the session you attend.
  • If you are in the PBL 101 sessions, you will be expected to produce a PBL Unit. Advanced folks may produce a unit or some part of one. All will be given the chance to share these on the ICPBL Library.

(This is the focus of the next couple of slides)

what does a pbl unit look like find an example in the project library
What does a PBL unit look like? Find an example in the Project Library!

Hopefully you’ve explored some videos of PBL in action.

The question “What does an educator do to prepare a PBL unit?” is certainly on your mind.

One way for you to get an idea of what you will produce during the PBL Academy is to examine some actual products archived and searchable in the Project Library.

Click on this link to go to the Project Library, then click on the Search Tutorial just below the title at the top of the library home page and learn how to search for a project that suits your interests. Be sure to log in with your username and password.

Find a project that interests you, and either open the PDF or download the files and examine them.

what to notice about the pbl units in the library
What to notice about the PBL units in the library.
  • They are standards-based.
  • They include the following 5 elements
    • A Challenge or Driving Question
    • A Project Planning Form
    • An Entry Document or Event
    • A Rubric assessing the student product
    • At least 2 pieces of Scaffolding
  • Look for connections to the community or community partners
  • Make a comment in the Discussion tab after reviewing the Unit
    • What did you find interesting about the project?
    • How might you use aspects of this project in your classroom?