Enhancing project-based learning with video creation

Project-Based Learning (PBL) provides experiences through which students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to an authentic, engaging and complex question, problem, or challenge. Additionally, it allows students to strengthen the skills they need for life (i.e., critical thinking, problem-solving, creativity, leadership, etc.) and to engage in learning that’s fun and relevant. The Buck Institute for Education (2018), one of the leading voices in PBL, proposes that the following elements are essential to all effective projects: Key knowledge, understanding, and success skills – The project is focused on student learning goals, includ

Enhancing formative assessments through video creation

Formative assessments are intended to help students grow in their learning by providing evidence of their proficiency with particular content standards or skills by use of specific feedback. Traditionally, formative assessments come in the form of quizzes, homework, writing prompts, performance tasks, etc. Although these forms of assessment may provide some evidence of where a student is in relation to a learning target, one would hardly argue that they are exciting or motivating for most students. Every educator knows that lack of engagement has a detrimental effect on student performance. But what if assessment could be fun and engaging for students? What if it didn’t feel like ‘testing’ a

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