PBL on YouTube

YouTube is obviously useful for more than just silly cat videos, it's a surprising source of information about student learning. Here's one that shows how students are personalising their learning at a US secondary school:
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  • They offer another way of reading PBL - Project-Based Learning but it's still basically a technique for encouraging personal involvement of students in their learning and giving them increasing control over deciding what to learn. In other words, Personalised Learning.
  • Their use of Project Foundry is also an interesting choice of an VLE. It's not particularly cheap but seems to be working for them. It would be interesting to see if there are Open Source alternatives.
  • I like the element of 'peer review' built into the system. That gives the whole student body a chance to get involved.

More videos on PBL (project-based learning).