Designing Effective Projects
Project-Based Units to Engage Students
Teachers have always used each other for good ideas to improve their instruction. The Designing Effective Projects resource includes a collection of exemplary Unit Plans that integrate technology into classroom projects. Most of the units were developed by teachers participating in the Intel® Teach professional development program. The program emphasizes curriculum development that aligns to standards and promotes higher-order thinking using Curriculum-Framing Questions, authentic project tasks, effective instructional strategies, and performance assessment. Designing Effective Projects provides a foundation for good planning and supports you in adapting these project-based units or developing your own from scratch.
Project Design ›
Learn about effective use of project approaches across the curriculum and grades. Follow planning guidelines to help you target standards and assess student products and performances.
Thinking Skills ›
Review what current research says about higher-order thinking and what this look like in elementary and secondary classrooms.
Unit Plan Index ›
Examine technology-rich Unit Plans you can use right away, or as models for your own planning.
Instructional Strategies ›
Learn about adapting several "ideas worth borrowing" to engage students and meet your instructional aims.
Intel® Teach Elements: Assessment in 21st Century Classrooms
Take an in-depth look at assessment that meets the needs of 21st century teaching and learning. Learn to plan, develop, and manage student-centered assessment.
Quote to Note
"When projects start, I'm tearing around facilitating lots of activities at once. Project days are harder than paper and pencil days, but the kids are so charged, so deeply engaged, it's worth it."
First grade teacher