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16 December 2010

Inquiry and Project Based Learning

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"The Buck Institute for Education commissioned the cutting-edge advertising agency, Common Craft, to create a short animated video that explains in clear language the essential elements of Project Based Learning (PBL).

This simple video makes the essential elements of PBL come alive and brings to light the 21st Century skills and competencies (collaboration, communication, critical thinking) that will enable K-12 students to be college and work-ready as well as effective members of their communities." (link)


The Institute's YouTube Channel is here, and its web page in here. The Buck Institute for Education is a non-profit organization based in Marin County, California, dedicated to improving 21st Century teaching and learning throughout the world by creating and disseminating products, practices and knowledge for effective Project Based Learning.

On this page of the BIE website you'll find an interactive Table of 21st Century Skills. The Table summarizes learning outcomes through skill domains and their sub-components, their focus, and standards or descriptions from eight organizations.

For example, under the skill domain of "ICT Literacy", the sub-component of "Information Media Literacy", with a focus on "Ed Tech", this is the standard from ISTE (The International Society for Technology in Education):

"Information Literacy" is represented in the following component of the National Educational Technology Standards:

Research and Information Fluency
Students apply digital tools to gather, evaluate, and use information. That is, students plan strategies to guide inquiry; locate, organize, analyze, evaluate, synthesize, and ethically use information from a variety of sources and media; evaluate and select information sources and digital tools based on the appropriateness to specific tasks, process data and report results.


and these are the three from the EFF (Equipped for the Future)

"Information Literacy" is represented in the following THREE components of the EFF Content Standards for Adult Literacy:


Learn Through Research
Pose a question to be answered or make a prediction about objects or events; use multiple lines of inquiry to collect information; organize, evaluate, analyze, and interpret findings.


Observe Critically
Attend to visual sources of information, including television and other media; determine the purpose for observation and use strategies appropriate to the purpose; monitor comprehension and adjust strategies; analyze the accuracy, bias, and usefulness of the information; integrate it with prior knowledge to address viewing purpose.


Read With Understanding
Determine the reading purpose; select reading strategies appropriate to the purpose; monitor comprehension and adjust reading strategies; analyze the information and reflect on its underlying meaning; integrate it with prior knowledge to address reading purpose.