PBL Tutorial

search bar

The PBL module contains two distinct sections of use, the search area (above) and the creation area (below).

manage area



search area

Searching for PBL's is done through a simple layout that allows teachers to narrow their search based on the project title, developer, content area, keywords and also by the standards attached to the PBL. Searching allows a teacher to utilize PBL's that meet the standards they need to teach or use PBL's created by their favorite developer.  Each search result has some options to play with. If you click on the title of a PBL you will be prompted to download a neatly formated .PDF of that PBL.  Most PBL's will require additional files to perform.  These lessons will have an files icon icon beside them.  Clicking this icon will prompt you to download a .ZIP file containing all the files attached to the PBL.


You can find out additional information on a PBL by clicking the "MORE" button.  
This will expand a section below the PBL that delivers important information about the PBL.

You may also toggle the addor removebuttons to add the PBL to your personal PRISM Favorites list.  
These favorites can be managed from the PRISM Profile area.

Standards Restrictive Search:
  See Materials Standards Restrictive Search


Create New PBL's

create or manage

Teachers can create their own PBL's by looking below the search and finding the Create New / Manage Existing PBL area.  By clicking "Create New" you will be taken to a screen that lets you begin creating a brand new PBL.  These can be edited at any time by going to the Manage area.



The PBL interface consists of 7 parts. When you create a new PBL, the first step is naming your PBL.  This title should be descriptive enough to be found in a search.  Your name will automatically be filled in, but you can edit it to fit your needs.  After you have a Project Title and Developer, click the "Save" button or click the "Next" button to save and move to the next step.

step 1

Challenge / Driving Question

After you have saved the first time you will be able to move back and forth between all the steps using either the Next & Back buttons or the PBL Navigation Menu.  The next step is to write a Challenge or Driving Question for your PBL.  We understand that during the development of a PBL, some of these things might not be thought out at this point. At any time during the PBL development a teacher is able to edit these. If you are not ready to fill them out completely you can navigate to another step using the top navigation menu, or use the buttons at the bottom to save.

step 2

Content Area

The 3rd step is a content area list for your PBL.  This can be 1 thing or many things.  Just type into the text box at the top and click "Add".  You can edit these by clicking the edit button, re-sort them by drag and drop using the move handle on the left side, and delete them using the delete button on the right side.  This page will save your changes automatically.

step 3

Upload Zip Files

The fourth part of the PBL builder is the file upload portion. This includes 4 separate locations, the Project Planning Form, Entry Document, Assessment Rubric, and Scaffolding sections. 

First click the "Attach File" button in the desired section. Click the "Add files" button to select the file or files that reside on your computer or you can drag and drop the files into the area labeled "Drag files here". Then click the "Start upload" button to upload the files to the PRISM server.  If you would like to rename the file before you upload you can simply click the name of the file and rename it.  You must hit the "Enter" key to save the name change.  You can also remove any files you accidentally selected by clicking the minus icon to the right of the file.  If you want to close the form without uploading a file, click the "close" link.

upload form
Add a file by uploading and attaching using this form.
section editing
Each of the 4 sections looks the same and works the same.  You can edit your files at any time by clicking the edit button, re-sort them by dragging and dropping them in their section using the move handle on the left side, and delete them using the delete button on the right side. 

Content Standards

The fifth area of the PBL tool is the Content Standards section.  This section is where you attach academic standards to your PBL.  This form uses PRISM's standards browser to quickly and easily find and attach the standards your PBL teachers.  

blank browser
This is how the browser looks by default, before you have attached a standard.

To start, click on the Standards bar.  It will open up to display a selection of academic subjects.  Click any of the subjects and it will display a quick navigation area and another selection area.  You will then use this tool to find the academic standards to attach.
standards browser 

Toggle the addor removebuttons beside each standard to add it to your standards "shopping cart".  When you have found all the standards you wish to include, click the "Save", "Next", or "Back" button.  If you do not click a button, it will not attach the standards.

Word Search

The next section functions much like the Content Area section.  You can create a list of words that function as keywords to help match your PBL in a search.  Make sure that these words are very specific to your PBL so that the search engine will be accurate with it's results.

Review of Project Submitted


This screen gives the user the options of downloading the dynamically created PDF of their PBL or (if there are files attached), download the ZIP file containing all of their attached files as one combined file.

Published Approval Status
Before another user can find your PBL in a search, you must first have your PBL approved. This consists of two parts. First you must send your PBL for approval to be published. It must be approved before it is introduced into the PBL search for the public. To send your PBL for approval, you must go to the Review area of your PBL. At the bottom of the screen you will see a "Publish" button.1 Upon clicking the button an email will be sent to the PBL administrator group for review. They will review all the PBL material that is sent and decide whether or not to approve your PBL for public viewing. Either way, once the decision is made you will receive an email notifying you of your PBL's status. You may edit and improve your lesson and resend for approval or update your approved lesson at any time.

If your PBL has already been approved you will see a button that says "Update".


Manage PBL's: 


From this screen you are able to edit or delete a lesson.  Clicking the edit button will take you directly to the Upload Zip Files area and clicking the delete button will delete the PBL.  If your PBL has been approved, the approved version of your PBL will still be shown, even if you delete your original copy.


Last modified: Wednesday, June 5, 2013, 2:33 PM