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Project-based Learning

Applying digital tech to human-centred learning

An ever-growing body of evidence speaks to the benefits of well managed project-based learning (PBL) for students of all ages. Hear from researchers, executives, and front-line teachers on the lessons learned as they’ve worked to engage students of all ages through the use of human-centred digital technologies.

Join DEFI as we explore strategies for applying PBL and human-centred learning design concepts to digital education.

This online event was held on Thursday, 23 September at 1700. Watch the video on YouTube or jump to a topic below:

2:00 Panellist introductions

4:10 Rob Leeman – Project-based Learning (PBL) overview
21:19 Chanel Johnson – My Journey with Project-based Learning
29:18 Mark L. Miller, Ph.D. – Thoughts on Project-based Learning 

43:33 Question 1 – Best way to integrate PBL into the curriculum?
45:47 Question 2 – Scheduled taught elements or Just-In-Time learning?
47:43 Question 3 – Differentiation for different needs of students?
52:48 Question 4 – Using PBL for language learning?
54:56 Question 5 – Impact of assessments on PBL?
58:58 Question 6 – How to ensure assessments reflect PBL learning?
1:01:30 Question 7 – Recipe for designing project-based learning?
1:05:10 Question 8 – Where can I find PBL ideas and examples?
1:06:20 Question 9 – Designing PBL for special needs including autism?
1:09:10 Closing question – One piece of advice to start with PBL

With support from:

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Mark L. Miller, Ph.D.

Mark L. Miller, Ph.D.

President and Executive Director, Learningtech.org

Chanel Johnson

Chanel Johnson

K-5 Science Lead, Clayton County Public Schools

Robert Leeman

Robert Leeman

Educational Solutions Manager, Arm School Program


Julia Citron

Julia Citron

Head of Prof Dev, Cambridge University Press, Education

About the panellists

About Mark L. Miller, Ph.D.


Mark L. Miller, PhD completed his doctorate in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT, in 1979, specializing in applications of artificial intelligence to education.

In 2000, Miller founded Learningtech.org®, incorporating it as The Miller Institute for Learning with Technology, a California 501(c)(3) non-profit. He serves as both its lead technical contributor and its President and Executive Director. The mission of the organization is to help “children of all ages” use technology more effectively for learning. The firm has helped schools throughout California and in several other states. Services include: E Rate applications; technology plan preparation; professional development relating to Computer Science, Robotics and Making; IT consultation (network design; server router configuration/administration; technology impact assessment); and sponsored research in the areas of Educational Technology and Computer Science Education.

About Chanel Johnson


Chanel Johnson is from Atlanta, Georgia, a K-5  Science Lead for the 5th largest district in Georgia. Chanel has taught Middle Grades Math and Science, serving diverse populations ranging from Title one, Gifted populations, and SPED. She transitioned as a STEM coordinator and Administrative Assistant where her primary duties were to develop a STEM program for a Middle School.

Whether teaching students or teaching adults,  her passion is to teach and ignite all voices so that they are heard. She believes in developing digital age learners and digital age educators by stimulating a culture of empowered learners through applying 5 C’s ( Creativity, Collaboration, Citizenship, Communication, and Critical Thinking). Her passion is to use current researched-based instructional strategies, to empower all learners’ voices, especially those often silenced, fostering a dedicated community. 

Chanel has conducted several professional development classes, training coaches, educators, and instructional leaders to use the most appropriate technology to empower all voices in science education. She has presented at countless national and local conferences, served as an ASCD’s Emerging 2019 Leader and the newly appointed Vice President for GSTA (Georgia Science Teacher Association). She is an ISTE Certified Educator, Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert, Google Certified Level 1, Flipgrid Ambassador, Nearpod Advanced Educator. 

On a personal level, Chanel is a proud wife to her husband, Martin and mother to three kids, Shaylyn, and twins Christian, and Chloe.

About Rob Leeman


Rob is the Educational Solutions Manager on the Arm School Program, with a background in Computer Science teaching, assessment and curriculum development. He started out as a network engineer installing schools’ fibre optic networks, before moving into teaching in secondary schools, leading departments in achieving outstanding results in Information Technology and Computer Science. Rob then worked for Cambridge Assessment, reforming the Computer Science A-Level and GCSE in the UK and developing assessment products for international clients, before joining Arm. Rob seeks to empower all learners with the opportunity to develop the interest, knowledge and skills that enable a lifetime of engagement in STEM and promote the effective application of technology to teaching & learning.