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PBL, SEL and the ISTE Standards: Say WHAT?

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Participate and share : Interactive session

Dr. Ilene Winokur  
Imagine you’re teaching in a classroom filled with students working on projects they’ve chosen. They master outcomes and confidently present their work to an authentic audience. In this interactive session, participants will learn how to plan project-based lessons that incorporate technology and align with the ISTE standards.

Audience: Teachers, Technology coordinators/facilitators
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials:
Topic: Project-, problem- & challenge-based learning
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Students:
Empowered Learner
  • Students articulate and set personal learning goals, develop strategies leveraging technology to achieve them and reflect on the learning process itself to improve learning outcomes.
Knowledge Constructor
  • Students build knowledge by actively exploring real-world issues and problems, developing ideas and theories and pursuing answers and solutions.
Innovative Designer
  • Students exhibit a tolerance for ambiguity, perseverance and the capacity to work with open-ended problems.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

After completing the ISTE U course, “Leading Project-based Learning with Technology”, the presenter realized she needed practice creating lessons that incorporate all that she learned to ensure her students benefited from this type of learning. The presenter also knows how daunting it can be to try something new in the classroom and not be fully prepared. In this session, participants will prepare and plan a project-based lesson that incorporates technology and aligns with the ISTE standards. The methods and templates that will be used come from the materials from the ISTE U course and additional ideas the presenter has found/created. Participants will leave with a PBL lesson plan started and a structure to ensure they're following a PBL model that works for them and their students.


During this session, the PBL process will be outlined and each part of the process will be modeled and followed by time for participants to work individually or in groups on their own PBL lesson. Suggestions for how to use technology at each step will be presented along with examples in the resources provided.

Presenter welcome and bio (5 minutes)
Session objectives and a short introduction about the connections between PBL, SEL, ISTE standards
(10 minutes)
Participants think about and add their ideas for a PBL lesson to a Padlet (5 minutes)
Lesson planning:
Presenter will briefly describe and model driving questions then participants will break into groups to start planning a lesson using PBL Works lesson template. (10 minutes)
Describe and model entry event and project pathway; then time for participants to work on their lesson plan (10 minutes)
Describe and model how to guide students to produce a product or service and present it to an authentic audience (5 minutes)
Suggestions of edtech tools from presenter and participants that ensure each student has the necessary tools to be successful including accessibility and focused feedback. (10 minutes)
Wrap up session/Q&A (5 minutes)

Supporting research

ISTE U course:
From PBL Works:
Gold Standard PBL:

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Dr. Ilene Winokur, Journey to Belonging

Ilene Winokur, Ed.D., is a professional development specialist who supports global educators, including refugee teachers. She has lived in Kuwait since 1984, and retired in June 2019 from her role as director of the foundation program unit at Gulf University for Science and Technology (GUST). She also founded and managed a professional development consultancy in Kuwait. Winokur was a teacher and administrator at the early childhood, elementary levels and college levels in private institutions in Kuwait for more than 20 years. She has presented at local and regional conferences in the Middle East and internationally on topics such as Kuwaiti culture, administrators as visionary leaders, and inclusive teaching practices. Her academic interests include psychological safety, belonging, social-emotional learning, project-based learning and continuing professional development. Winokur currently mentors and supports refugee teachers and students around the world. She believes in the power of networking and leverages it to benefit marginalized populations such as the refugee leaders she supports and mentors in Kakuma, Kenya. She’s the author of Journey to Belonging: Pathways to Well-Being that follows her journey to belonging in two very different cultures and countries, the United States and Kuwait. She’s writing a new book that’s filled with lesson plans and activities to instill a sense of belonging in students and teachers. Prior to retiring, Winokur was a teacher and administrator at the elementary and pre-college levels for 25 years in Kuwait, specializing in ESL. She holds a doctorate in educational leadership from Lehigh University, an MBA from the University of Miami, Florida, and completed her ESL certification from the College of New Jersey.

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