Sprocket is a free online portal for teachers to access full year project-based learning courses.

Sprocket is also an online community where teachers are able to share ways to implement and adapt the courses.

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Research Based Curriculum Created by Experts

We establish strategic collaborations between groups with shared problems of practice; partnering university-based researchers, educational research firms, and non-profits with teacher practitioners, districts, and schools. The goal of such collaborations is to design curricula with a designed based implementation research approach that can be field-tested in classrooms.
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“Student engagement in my class has gone up 100%. The structure of the projects makes it impossible for a student to not be actively involved in class activities.“ - High School Science Teacher in Virginia
Photo by Allison Shelley for American Education:
Images of Teachers and Students in Action
Photo by Allison Shelley for American Education:
Images of Teachers and Students in Action

What is Project-Based Learning?

Project-based learning (PBL) is a form of inquiry-based learning in which the primary objectives for students include development of the following: their intrinsic motivation, problem-solving skills, the ability to guide their own learning and other metacognitive skills, collaborative skills, and the ability to transfer knowledge, skills, and attitudes to other contexts. Students work alone or in groups on complex tasks organized around central questions that lead to a final product. Teachers play a facilitator role while addressing the principles of inquiry-based learning.

Photo by Allison Shelley for American Education:
Images of Teachers and Students in Action
Photo by Allison Shelley for American Education:
Images of Teachers and Students in Action

The Platform

Sprocket is an online portal for teachers to access full-year project-based learning courses. It also includes an online community where teachers are able to share ways to implement and adapt the courses. Using Sprocket, teachers can collectively build innovative project-based practices that can be replicated, adapted, and used in classrooms across the country.

About Open Educational Resources

Open Educational Resources are shared teaching, learning, and research resources that are free for public use, either through Creative Commons licensing or are in the public domain. Sprocket materials are available free of charge under a Creative Commons license as open educational resources.

“It’s changed the way I have taught throughout the day, it just makes me a better teacher. The units are so relatable; it’s empowering for me as a teacher.” - Grade 3 teacher in Michigan
Photo by Allison Shelley for American Education:
Images of Teachers and Students in Action