ICTI-130: Project-Based Learning in K-5

Learn how to integrate Project-based Learning in your K-5 classroom through this step-by-step approach.

Concrete, authentic project-based learning enables students to solve real-world problems by using hand’s on, high-leveled, critical thinking and technology skills. It is a great motivator for students to manage field research, collaborate with other students, consult subject matter experts and develop solutions to situations of interest. Technology plays an important role in allowing students to be effective in conducting meaningful project-based learning tasks.

Target Audience: Current and pre-service K-12 educators and administrators

If you’re thinking about these sorts of questions, this course is for you!

How do I begin using Project-based Learning in my teaching?

Throughout this course, you will explore the key components of Project-based Learning and how you prioritize them in developing your own PBL units. In addition, you will be exposed to the array of time-saving resources available to use in this development.

How will Project-based Learning enhance my teaching?

Project-based Learning (PBL) empowers students to actively engage in their learning as they respond to a real-world question or problem. In this course, you will explore the key components of PBL and transform your current lesson plans to incorporate this student-centered approach.

How will I know Project-based Learning is effective?

As you implement PBL into your classroom, you will see your students motivated to tackle a deep exploration of real world issues. Working with others and using the technology tools available to them, students will take ownership of their learning.



This course represents 20 contact hours. All iTeach courses align with national standards for professional learning. Check with your district staff development office to ensure they will accept this course for in-service points.


This course will help teachers meet the National Education Technology (NET) standards 1-5.

After completion of this course, the participant will be able to:

  • Identify key reasons for adopting a Project-Based Learning approach and create a multimedia presentation representing its importance.
  • Create a personalized plan for developing a Project-Based Learning experience.
  • Critically analyze and critique the Key Components and design elements of several Project-Based Learning Units.
  • Create a Project-Based Learning Unit Plan.

Upon satisfying the requirements for this course, participants will receive a course completion certificate. This certificate will awarded to participants who:

  • Satisfactorily complete all modules within the specified time period
  • Maintain a score of 70 and above throughout each module
  • Receive a final score of 70 and above for the course

Certificates will be emailed directly to participants once the facilitator submits final grades and the course completes its review.

This course is organized into five modules completed over four weeks.  Each week, learners will review materials and complete online activities within each module.  A badge will be awarded following the successful completion of all modules.

  • Course Orientation Overview
  • Week 1: Overview of the Technology Integration Matrix
  • Week 2: Using the Technology Integration Matrix Observation Tool
  • Week 3: Using the Technology Uses and Perceptions Survey
  • Week 4: Connecting the TIM to Professional Development Planning and the Digital Classroom Plan

Modules will be released weekly throughout the four weeks of this course. On average, participants will spend three to five hours per week completing the course, for a total of twenty contact hours. The weekly hours reflect the average amount of time a participant will spend completing assignments and activities and will vary depending upon the learner.  While most activities can be completed at any time during the week, participants are expected to attend a live online meeting during week 2. The day and time of that meeting will be determined based on availability of participants.

Our ICTI-130: Project-Based Learning in K-5 facilitators are qualified instructional technology experts, committed to empowering educators in using digital tools to improve students’ success. They will guide you through each module, answer you questions and provide you with timely and specific feedback. 

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