Updated August 2017:
On our first day of the 2017 Intensive Summer Institute we were taken to Hawaii’s Plantation Village (HPV) where our main objective was to help create an activity-workbook for Chinese children that would visit HPV. Currently, HPV does not have many interactive resources available for young children visiting their location other than those offered to school tours.
In this Mini-PBLL experience, we were tasked to use our tour time throughout HPV to look for possible activities that would engage Chinese children in learning more about HPV in a fun way. These activities would be incorporated and placed into an activity book.
I greatly appreciated diving-in into this mini-PBLL as we could get a broad sense of what a final product would look like. Some topics to be discussed and keep in mind where:
To conclude, you'll find below the final product of this Mini-PBLL which is an activity book for Chinese children visiting the HPV:
From the 2015 PBLL ISI:
I do have to admit that having the current reigning National FL Teacher of the Year - Nicole Naditz (do follow her on Twitter) and her superb note-taking skills, I decided to simply share her Google Doc.
So, without any further ado ... and thanks a ton to Nicole, here you go: Notes during the PBLL ISI.
We discussed the importance of PLN and you may also read and start your own or become a part of a PLN. Read more at Introduction to Personal Learning Networks.
You can access some of the tech sessions showcased in this institute by going to this Tech Blog.
Other tech highlights included:
Some other highlights were:
As with all technology, do check first with your school's tech use policies.
From the 2015 PBLL ISI:
Throughout these first few days we have worked on what makes a high quality PBLL.
It's important to start using the new Gold Standard PBL
Thereafter, you need to work on creating an engaging Driving Question. Some resources that are available are:
Thanks to the experiences, techniques and guidelines shared by our presenters @senoralopez and @L_Scheller_BIE (Do follow them on Twitter), we have access to this document "World Language Product Guide by level" which helps you align your final product to your challenging problem or question.
Furthermore, we also looked at some authentic ideas that can inspire your projects:
Crafting a compelling Entry Event to Launch your project: By using the idea of developing a unique meal, you need to:
This metaphor refers to having our students design or create a final product that in collaboration with the target audience can serve/aid them in the target language. Do note that PBLL is not intended for our language learners to all of a sudden become saviors of those in the target culture/language.
Updated 2020 » Product Square:
The following product square is used to help you develop your PBLL project. Herein you will find the first sample product square created but do take into consideration that the newly revised one can be seen below. The revised version now includes:
Although a work in progress, the following is an infographic of my "product square" prototype which makes reference to my upcoming PBLL:
Throughout the various intensive summer institute, participants have helped fill this repository with projects that have been designed and most likely implemented in various language classes.
El profe Calderón
My experiences attending the Fundamentals of Project-Based Language Learning (PBLL) Online Institute
Cherice Montgomery, Ph.D.