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Hacking Project Based Learning - Hack Learning Series book 9

December 2016

HACKING PROJECT BASED LEARNING: Despite the hype surrounding PBL, it is seldom made a reality in our schools and classrooms. Due to its countless layers and complexities, and despite best efforts, educators often implement something that only vaguely resembles PBL.

Read it today – fix it tomorrow!

As questions and mysteries continue to swirl, experienced classroom teachers and school administrators Ross Cooper and Erin Murphy have written a book that will empower those intimidated by PBL to cry, “I can do this!” while at the same time providing added value for those who are already familiar with this approach to teaching and learning.

This book truly demystifies what PBL is all about with 10 hacks that construct a simple path educators and students can easily follow to achieve success.

When you learn how to hack project based learning, you’ll be able to:

  • Create a culture of risk-taking to promote student inquiry and exploration
  • Maximize class time by prioritizing specific content and learning outcomes
  • Craft assessments and integrate feedback to ensure that every student learns
  • Provide intentional and purposeful opportunities for student reflection and publishing

Implement these strategies today and turn your school and classroom into a place that is dripping with inquiry-based learning, authentic learning, and a love of learning.



HACKING PROJECT BASED LEARNING is a classroom essential. Its ten simple “hacks” will guide you through the process of setting up a learning environment in which students will thrive from start to finish.

  -Daniel H. Pink, author of DRIVE and A WHOLE NEW MIND

In Hattie’s research PBL has shown to have a low effect size. However, it doesn’t mean we need to discount it. It means we have to look at how we do it and improve upon it. This is where Hacking Project Based Learning by Ross Cooper and Erin Murphy comes in. They have researched PBL from every angle and offer practical steps to make the PBL experience highly beneficial to students because they are practitioners who use it. This book is a very important “How-to” for every teacher and leader who is interested in PBL.

  -Peter DeWitt, author/consultant, Finding Common Ground blog (Education Week)

The challenge for educators with project- and inquiry-based learning is finding the time and having the knowledge to implement effectively. Cooper and Murphy provide a much-needed resource that addresses both of these pain points in a concise, clear manner.

   -Eric Sheninger, Senior Fellow, International Center for Leadership in Education

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