A greater listing of project-based studying concepts
50 clever ideas for project-based learning
from TeachThought staff
This post has been updated with new ideas and clearer formatting
At TeachThought, we are big fans of project-based learning.
There is no silver bullet from practice, program or framework that automatically enables progressive and effective learning, but the special thing about project-based learning is its flexibility. Since it is primarily a simple curriculum planning tool, so many other “good things” that can support learning (game-based learning, learning simulations, location-based education, self-directed learning, etc.) can be “embedded” in project-based learning.
There is no either-or at PBL: Everything from open-ended, game-based learning to data-driven, research-based teaching environments can be used effectively by PBL.
While there are all sorts of great resources required to teach and learn through PBL, from apps to planning templates and more, making a great project is the idea itself – the purpose and / or audience of the project itself.
We’ve shared dozens of ideas for projects below, and we’ll keep updating the list with new ideas, suggestions from our community, resources, and more. In this way, this page can be used as a guide for project-based learning in your classroom. The focus is on the ideas for the projects themselves, but we will also include apps, tools, and other educational bits and pieces that you will need to effectively implement this approach in your classroom.
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The constantly updated list of ideas for project-based learning
Note: This list is intentionally not divided into “content areas” as many of the projects can be approached from different angles (design math, planning language, etc.).
1. Create an interactive family tree with voice overs from living family members.
2. Design an app with a specific purpose for a specific audience.
3. Inventory the world’s most compelling ideas in a sleek and searchable user interface.
4. Problem-solving “screen time” for yourself and the family (identify problem, overcome these challenges, monitor progress, assess the effects of change, etc.)
5. Solve the problem of negative and / or ‘fake news’.
6. Design the perfect civilization using the best mindsets of the world’s major civilizations. Identify critical traits, resources and habits, etc.
7. Combine any three social media apps and explain the purpose and functions of the new app.
8. Help local companies to increase environmental compatibility (e.g. reduce waste).
9. Identify, analyze, and visualize recurring themes in human history; Then contextualize these issues in modern society.
10. Convincingly justify a point of view other than your own on any subject.
11. Create “visibility” for something beautiful, useful, or otherwise that deserves attention (e.g. music, parks, people, friendliness, exertion, movies, nature, etc.)
12. Use the wisdom of the people who live in nursing homes.
13. Artfully express, analyze, or otherwise assess the causes and effects of population growth.
14. Debate the relationship between technology and humans from a historical (Mary Shelley?) Or modern (Steve Jobs?) Perspective.
15. Imagine the big coastal cities with a warming of 6 degrees.
16. Measure the sociological impact of social media on local communities (using a parameter of your choice).
17. Design an alert system to publicize the spread of viruses / diseases.
18. Plant and manage a garden to feed local homeless / starving people.
19. Solve a personal problem.
20. Analyze the impact of architecture – or lack of it – on a community.
21. Analyze the “anatomy” of viral web content, memes, or arguments on social media.
22. Help a local company that is doing a “good job” of marketing to younger audiences. Create an offer, present it to the company, refine the offer based on feedback.
23. Artistically illustrate the global history of human / civil rights.
24. Visually demonstrate the behavior of the galaxy by changing a single parameter (e.g. the gravity of a single planet).
25. Design the next google (the next method of content and data discovery).
26. Start and run a profitable business “aware” of its impact on the world.
27. Plan a Martian colony with current data on the Martian landscape and atmosphere.
28. Create photo documentation, turn it into film documentation and then into a short eBook.
29. Define, analyze and visualize an abstract concept (wisdom, freedom, conflict, etc.).
30. Develop a workable response to potential asteroid-> earth collisions.
31. Analyze the cause and effect of low turnout on both democracy and the health of the local community.
32. Imagine the American Constitution – or similar government documents – as if they were drafted today.
33. Carry out a cause and effect analysis on consumption (or any topic of your choice)
34. Create and publish a weekly or monthly podcast on a topic of your choice based on market data.
35. Make a documentary about an underserved social issue that few people see.
36. Imagine and articulate a community in which neighbor to neighbor and neighborhood to neighborhood interaction is necessary to survive.
37. Design a better book (physical / printed) that is affordable and accessible to a wider readership.
38. Identify an emerging genre of music, then write / play a song that fits into that genre.
39. Design a school, including new content areas, grading, collaboration, and community participation.
40. Create and manage a YouTube channel for a self-determined and authentic purpose.
41. Solve a problem your parents have (scale is important here – choosing what to try to solve that is worth a whole project and your best thinking and design).
42. Analyze, visualize and socialize the long-term effects of coal on the environment.
43. Revise the United Nations in any way, shape, or form to better respond to international crises.
44. Answer the following questions: What would (insert historical figure) say about (insert relevant social topic)?
45. Regard YouTube as an aggregation tool and player for traditional literary forms (e.g. poetry, fiction).
46. Redesign your city to avoid long journeys.
47. Research all of the modern tools sued for access to clean water, then develop a better tool.
48. Study local land areas and resources to identify a geological response to the zombie apocalypse.
49: Design a 21st Century Library by first analyzing the macro purpose of a library and then re-imagining it in a modern context.
50. Design a modern bookstore by incorporating both physical and digital media and categorizing them all according to genres other than traditional.