Innovations in Education: Project-Based Learning



In this episode, Laura speaks to experts, a parent, and a current student about project-based learning. Hear from Nick Provenzano, blogger and author and the Middle School Technology Integration and Makerspace Director at University Liggett School, MI; Ella, an 8th grade student and her mother, Marina, and John Larmer, Editor in Chief, Buck Institute for Education.

Expert Guests

John Larmer

John Larmer

John is editor in chief at the Buck Institute for Education, having also served as director of product development and associate director since joining BIE in 2001.

John writes and edits BIE’s PBL Blog and other website content. He co-authored and/or edited BIE’s project-based curriculum units for high school government and economics, the Project Based Learning Handbook (2003), and the books in BIE’s PBL Toolkit Series: PBL Starter Kit, PBL in the Elementary Grades, and PBL for 21st Century Success. In 2015 he co-authored the ASCD book Setting the Standard for Project Based Learning. He contributes to the creation of BIE’s professional development services and PBL materials, including the PBL 101 workshop and rubrics for 21st century success skills. John has also consulted on PBL curriculum development for the National Academy Foundation, the Oracle Education Foundation, and Pearson Education.

Books by John Larmer ›

Nick Provenzano

Nick Provenzano


Nick Provenzano is a blogger (The Nerdy Teacher), author of several books, and the Makerspace Director and Middle School Technology Coordinator at University Liggett School in Michigan. Nick is an ISTE Teacher of the Year and a certified Google Innovator, Raspberry Pi Educator, and speaker and consultant.

Books by Nick Provenzano ›

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