eSN Special Report: Project-based learning engages students, garners results

by frances 22. February 2009 12:07

Here are some of the excerpts from this article:

"Project-based learning is a successful approach to instruction for a variety of reasons, its proponents say.
For one thing, it helps students retain the information they learn....
Another reason project-based learning is useful is because it engages students' interest and motivates them to learn.
One of the main reasons kids drop out of school is because they're bored. With project-based learning, students are encouraged to explore their own interests and to make connections to the world beyond school.
Project-based learning also encourages a deeper level of thinking by involving students in answering questions for themselves, making connections, and using analytical skills
." (Source:

Go and have a read of this paper - inspiring!!! You will need to register with eSN (but this is FREE). I love hearing the excitment in students' comments about what they are doing with PBL.

To view the whole paper (9 pages) go to the PDF version (you might still have to register) - it has some advertising but the content is great!

WebQuests are a sub-set of Project-based learning (PBL) or Problem-Based Learning!

There are SO many problems that you could provide to your students to solve and still be within your Curriculum!

Have a try!

If you need a template to get started - go to Short-cut WebQuest Authoring Tool (it's FREE). WebQuest Direct will provide you with FREE mentoring as you create your WebQuest!


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