As we continue to build upon our interdisciplinary learning efforts at BCS and allow students authentic learning opportunities, I thought I’d offer us the opportunity to think about the subtle, albeit important, difference between project based learning and service learning. Consider the definition below…
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 an engaging and complex question, problem, or challenge.
Service learning is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities.
Perhaps service learning heighten the authenticity and importance of the students’ efforts. Perhaps the two are interchangeable and almost synonymous. What do you think? Below are three videos. One describes the Five Keys to Project Based Learning from Edutopia; the next is an introductory video on PBL from the Buck Institute; and the third describes a PBD projected developed by our own BCS students a bit over a year ago. But wait, there’s more! Check out a bit further down and see some other articles/resources that I hope will get you thinking about continued authentic learning opportunities for students and adults alike. We can make a difference in the our local and global communities from our classrooms!
A Project-Based Learning Spectrum: 25 Questions To Guide Your PBL Planning from TeachThought (see below or click here for the colorful image)
8 Types of Trash Every Maker Should Be Stoked to Score by Caleb Kraft