This is the first platform of its kind that successfully transforms Project Based Learning PD with the 21st Century teacher in mind.
San Rafael, CA (PRWEB) January 06, 2016
Project Based Learning (PBL) industry thought leader and author, Thom Markham, along with his company, PBL Global, announced today the release of a digital Professional Development (PD) course for educators nationwide. Introduction to Project Based Learning (http://www.introtopbl.com) is a 6-hour, asynchronous course that delivers to educators the PBL concepts, applications, and best practices required for deeper learning and successful implementation of PBL in their classrooms.
A proven teaching method for today’s students, PBL refocuses education on the student, utilizing real-world problem solving and rewarding social emotional skills such as drive, passion, creativity, empathy, and resilience. All of the content from this course draws from 20 years of PBL experience, integrating input from over 5,000 teachers in over 300 schools, and is pedagogically aligned to Markham’s best-selling book, Project Based Learning – Expert Tools for Innovation and Inquiry for K-12 Educators.
Introduction to PBL is unlike traditional online PD in that it is delivered via the MassiveU project based, social learning online platform. Markham explains: “This is the first platform of its kind that successfully transforms Project Based Learning PD with the 21st Century teacher in mind. MassiveU was able to uniquely fuse personalized learning, classroom application and social sharing in a convenient, yet robust online learning experience.”
Throughout the course, educators are challenged to think critically as they progress through a series of interactive tiles, creating their own personalized projects while communicating and collaborating with peers in a social “Community of Practice”. Points and awards are earned and recognized via a leaderboard for specific learning achievements and social participation. Upon successful completion, a Certificate in PBL from PBL Global is issued, and the educator’s personalized project portfolio can be shared with supervisors and peers.
Introduction to PBL is offered asynchronously (at the teacher’s own pace and time) and is available on any web-enabled mobile device or online screen. Therefore, no substitute teachers are necessary, saving schools and districts valuable PD time and money while offering personalized, blended learning solutions for professional development. The course is being offered for a limited time at $99/teacher or $999/school for up to 50 teachers. To learn more and to purchase the course, visit http://www.introtopbl.com.
About PBL Global: Founded by Thom Markham, PhD, in 2015, PBL Global (http://www.pblglobal.com) provides mobile, on-demand PD courses in PBL, 21st Century skills, and coaching and mentoring to primary and secondary teachers worldwide. Globally, over 30 million teachers must teach over 100 million students to be life and career ready for a technological, collaborative, problem- and innovation-oriented world. As such, the teaching profession faces the necessity of reinvention – learning to rely less on lecture and direct instruction and more on personalized, student-oriented, project based inquiry. PBL Global focuses all of its efforts on the critical question for education today: How can we retrain the global teaching force in deeper learning and highest quality PBL?
About MassiveU: Founded in 2013, MassiveU, Inc. (http://www.massiveu.com) is a B2B project based social learning, platform-as-a-service company. Its transformative educational technology converts traditional curricula into 21st Century Learning experiences for teachers and students. MassiveU works with the world’s leading Career and Technical Education and PD publishers as their digital differentiator.