Project-based learning is focused on research, planning problem-solving, authenticity, and inquiry. Collaboration, resourcefulness, and networking matter too–dozens of characteristics “fit” into project-based learning. Among other characteristics, its popularity comes from its general flexibility as a curriculum framework. Within the context of a well-designed project, you can do, teach, assess, and connect almost anything. The following might be useful if we had to settle on a handful of itemized characteristics for modern, connected, possibly place-based, and often digital project-based learning.
The socialization of thinking can be achieved by connecting, collaborating, publishing, and socially curating. This would be ideally done in multiple media forms and in multiple languages, if possible. The English and Angle-centric image of education, especially of edtech is rapidly coming to a close. Though not all aspects of all projects need to be socialized, choosing something to share, socialize, and perhaps even collaborate on in the future can be powerful for the sake of transparency and shared journeys in education.
Saving an email, marking a tweet as favourite a tweet, or pinning randomly to a board no one reads that students will never reference again in the future for anything are all a part of crude curation. On the other hand, elegant curation is about saving a “thing” while honoring the thing itself. The thing has to be showcased without losing its meaning or fullness, somehow capturing both that which is being saved and its context as well–and doing so in a way that makes it accessible to yourself and others as technology continues to change. It’s not an easy task.