Workshop Activities/Handouts to Download
Participants can download the handouts from many of our workshops and/or graduate courses. Click on title.
PBL/Service-Learning Project Planning Form (.docx version)
PBL/Service-Learning Project Planning Form (.doc version)
Imagine a World
How Are You Smart (multiple intelligences inventory)
Video Teaching Guides
"Paper Clips" Teaching Guide
Service-Learning Model Projects
PBL Essential Elements Checklist
The Buck Institute for Education has developed a list of "Essential Elements" that must be included in any project developed as part of Project-Based Learning. To make sure that your project includes all of the "Essential Elements," take this survey.
Animoto Useful to Produce Authentic Products
With Animoto, you (or your students) can make a video slideshow with one of nearly 50 styles. Then you can add captions and titles to your photos and video clips. Be sure to check out the "educator" membership on the Animoto website.
Here's a great example of an animoto that was used as part of a PBL/service-learning project. The project was done by Katie Benton and her colleagues at Barrington Elementary (Upper Arlington, OH) as part of a "Habitat" study. Katie created this animoto as part of the "preparation" phase of the project.
PBL "Elevator Speeches"
Asked to provide three concepts about the What, Why, and How of PBL if they had to explain it to someone unfamiliar with the teaching strategy, these are the 30-40 second "elevator speeches" that our workshop participants came up with.
(1) Instructional approach built upon authentic learning activities that engage student interest and motivation.
(2) Students learn essential knowledge and life-enhancing skills.
(3) Student-influenced inquiry structured around complex, authentic questions and carefully designed products and tasks.
(1) (PBL) teaches children what they will do later in life with motivation, enthusiasm, responsibility, and pride.
(2) It teaches them that "they can."
(3) It teaches them that they can impact the world.
(1) (PBL) needs to have a strong driving question.
(2) Keep it authentic, including your audience.
(3) Envision what you want the results to be.
Workshop Media Resources to Check Out
Here's a list of media resources used in many of our workshops and graduate courses. You can view the video on our website or the original website by clicking on its name.
• The Memory Project
• PBL Explained
• Media Saves the Beach
• Learning in Deed (Part 1)
• Learning in Deed (Part 2)
• Stand Up to Cancer
• The Last Lecture
• Board Games
• Paper Clips
• My Restaurant Project
• Elementary Project: Courtyard Redesign
• Blankets Tell the Story
• With My Own Two Hands
• Schools that Change Communities Trailer
• The Blood Bank Project
• One Teacher's Story
• Workshop Reflection Animoto (Kathy Meyer)
• ZETAC Animoto (Marjori Krebs)
Useful Websites to Use with PBL
Share Your Service-Learning and PBL News Here
Please take time to share your Service-Learning/Project-Based Learning project news with others in our Growing Together Network. It's simple! Click here and provide a news release (including photos or video) by completing and submitting the form. Your news story will be posted here once we've approved it
Excellent Service-Learning and Project Based Learning Articles
The following articles are excellent resources on various aspects of service-learning and project based learning.
-- With Common Core State Standards, Why Service-Learning Matters More
-- Common Core and Service-Learning
-- PBL and Common Core--and Next Generation Science Standards