Lesson Five: Project-Based Learning
Take a Web Tour on Project-based Learning
Introduction to Webquests
Introduction to Cyberfair
Introduction to Thinkquest
Project-based Learning directories and tutorials
|Lesson Five Required Assignments
To learn how to create your own curricular web pages without needing your own web authoring software or personal web site.
To begin to learn about the many proven K-12 web curriculum formats.
To identify sources for participation in existing online multi-classroom projects.
To identify sources for learning to create your own online collaborative projects.
A. To see how easy it can be to turn web resources into five different models of
online classroom activities:
(Hotlists, Multimedia Scrapbooks, Scavenger Hunts, Samplers, and Webquests.)
Read the Filamentality home page of the Knowledge Network Explorer at
Read the following introduction page and review the five activity formats at the bottom of this page. http://www.kn.pacbell.com/wired/fil/guides.html
Note: While the Filamentality site is great for those without web authoring skills or their own Internet site for posting web pages, you'll ultimately prefer to have your own web authoring software and web site. However, Filamentality is a great place to get started. Review other curriculum authoring sites at http://lone-eagles.com/currtour.htm and http://lone-eagles.com/webdev.htm
Note that at some sites you can easily create quizzes for your students to take online, where the quiz results will be automatically emailed to you. (One Hour)
B. Learn to Create Your Own Online Projects:
Go to: http://www.gsn.org
At this site view the link to Collaborative Projects, and review the resources, be sure not to miss the Projects Directory where you can post your own projects and/or find other educators with which to partner!
Review the exceptional resources at the following sites:
Guidelines for Educational Uses of Networks:
The Best and Latest Resource
Review briefly Dr. Judi Harris's "Virtual Architecture " book/site at
Note it is only partially online offering extensive listings of articles related to each chapter at this site. This is the required text for the online course "Designing K12 Internet Instruction" http://lone-eagles.com/spu2.htm which intended to follow the current course.
You can purchase this wonderful resource from http://amazon.com, or by calling the publisher http://www.iste.org at 800-336-5191
The course text is available in the Seattle Pacific University bookstore for around $30 (last time I checked). You can order the text over the phone, by mail or by fax. Their number is (800)778-3401. Fax number is (206)281-2688. Address is SPU Bookstore, 310 West Bertona Street, Suite 220, Seattle, WA 98119-1950
C. Explore the following resources on project-based learning.
Go to http://lone-eagles.com/pbl.htm and explore the resources on project-based learning.
Go to http://www.gsh.org Select Professional Development and read "Harnessing the Power of the Web." Select "Articles On NetPBL" and review "How to Design a Successful Project." and "Collaboration in the Classroom and Over the Internet.".
Then, conduct a search for "project-based learning" (include the quotes) to identify the volume of resources available. Use the AND command with your preferred topic area
to find even more specific resources.
Example: "project-based learning" AND math
Go to: http://www.gsh.org
At this site select the link to the "Projects Registry," and review projects posted by teachers. Note you can post your own projects and/or find other educators with which to partner for multi-classroom projects!
Explore some of the 5,000 student-created instructional web sites created
through the Thinkquest Internet Challenge Competition http://www.thinkquest.org/library.html
D. Read http://lone-eagles.com/capacity.htm and explore it briefly, with special emphasis on
the Webquests section (The Official Webquest homepage at
http://webquest.org and explore the "Examples"and "Community" resources.
from which you will find a template which you can edit to quickly create your
own webquest activity. Read about what webquests are and explore the related resources.
Review multiple webquests related to your teaching.
View the Webquest slideshow at
Kathy Schrock's site has great webquest resources, in addition to her slideshow,
Review the "Webquest about Webquests." The "teachers' template" will make
creating your first Webquest easy! All Webquest Templates are at :
Here's the easiest template which you can also find by clicking
on the first template image in the URL above;
Explore the rich listing of tutorials at:
IMPORTANT: From the Teachers' Template page, click on the first "no frames" template
IMAGE to view it in your browser, here's the correct link:
http://webquest.sdsu.edu/templates/lesson-template1.htm You can either save it directly,
or select File/Edit if you're using Netscape Communicator/Composer to edit it right away!
You cannot edit a web page using the browser, only usin the composer or another
web-authoring program. Most word-processing programs WILL handle web pages but
you have to be careful that you save your web page as a web page with extension .htm etc.
Don't bother with the 'frames' versions unless you're comfortable with advanced
web authoring and unzipping bundled files.
Create a sample webquest and email it, or the URL, to your instructor. By editing existing
webquest templates this can go very quickly. The point of this activity is experience how to
successfully edit a template or existing webquest to quickly create your own unit. There's no
need to spend lots of time on the content.
Don't hesitate to ask questions of your instructor if necessary!
Optional: Here's an Alaskan Specific collection of examples of cultural lessons and pages.
E. Explore http://lone-eagles.com/projects_tour.htm , at least three other sites that
look interesting to you. Go also to the Global Schoolhouse at http://www.gsn.org
and review the Cyberfair project.
While there are a great many free online projects available, there is a rapidly growing market for fee-based "plug-and-play" Quest-type curricular units. Typically costing around $70 for a 6-8 week activity complete with workbooks, videos, and real online scientists and mentors. Here's are listing of both free and fee-based Project-Based Learning, (PBL) directories: http://lone-eagles.com/projects_tour.htm http://lone-eagles.com/pbl.htm
Post to the class listserv the 3 best projects you've found during this lesson which are relevant to your teaching along with your thoughts on project-based learning as potentially
applicable to your classroom.
Lesson Feedback: Optional, but much appreciated.
You're invited to privately email your instructor:
1. What areas, if any, did you have trouble with during this lesson?
2. What questions remain now that you've finished this lesson?
3. Approximately how much time did you devote to this lesson?
4. What improvements would you like to suggest?