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Aula 42 is an online resource bank and teacher mentorship program that transforms schools through the Project Based Learning methodology.

Aula 42

Chile
Aula 42 empowers teachers throughout Latin America to develop 21st century skills in their students through Project Based Learning. Our teacher training program and platform of free, curriculum-aligned lesson plans facilitate the implementation of engaging classroom projects rooted in real-world problems.
Introduction

Aula 42

Karina Córdova, Executive Director
“We think of school as preparation for life, but for kids, school IS life. It doesn’t make sense for learning to be passive. In the real world, we learn by doing, and school should reflect that.”

Karina Córdova, Executive Director

What do we do

We empower teachers to rethink classroom education by incorporating student-centered methodologies such as Project Based Learning.  We create beautiful, engaging, curriculum-aligned lesson plans and resources that are shared, for free, through our platform www.aula42.org. Teachers anywhere in the world can download a course bundle (complete with lesson plans, original videos and assessment materials), in order to try their hand at PBL and create a transformative learning experience for their students. Course themes range from Economics to South American History to Nanotechnology; all of them invite students to respond to a real world challenge through collaboration on an interdisciplinary project.  For those teachers looking to learn more about PBL methodology and practice, we provide personalized, hands-on teacher-training and mentorship programs. Our approach emphasizes continuous mentorship and feedback to ensure mastery of PBL methods.  We have trained over 600 teachers and are currently supporting over 120 spread through 26 schools in Chile. Many more have used our free course materials. Because Aula 42 provides a low-cost, scalable solution to democratize Project Based Learning, we aim to implement it in hundreds of schools across Chile and Latin America over the next five years. 

Why we do it

Students today face an uncertain future - indeed, an uncertain present. We must help them develop the kind of skills that will allow them to adapt to this rapidly transforming world. Project Based Learning has been shown to increase student motivation, allowing for deep and long-lasting learning, as well as critical, 21st-century skill development. Aula 42 goes beyond existing PBL online training courses by giving teachers the course materials they need to make the transition from theory to practice. 

How we got started Aula 42 began as an adaptation of the Academia de Verano (Summer Academy), a summer learning program implemented by Fundación Consejo de Curso since 2014 in which hundreds of students take an array of diverse project-based courses, from “Colonizing Mars” to “Biocitizens” to “Religions in Dialogue.” Aula 42 adapts courses and teaching methods from the Academia de Verano to the needs and contexts of schools, scaling our best practices throughout Chile and Latin America.  

Founded in 2014, Fundación Consejo de Curso works in Chile and Latin America to inspire children and young people with a love of learning. By developing evidence-based educational programs both within and outside of the classroom, Consejo de Curso aims to model the schools of the future. In addition to Aula 42 and the Academia de Verano, Consejo de Curso also operates Verano Trampolín, a play-based early grade reading summer program for elementary aged students. Consejo de Curso has been recognized and supported by the Chilean Ministry of Education, the Chilean Economic Development Corporation (CORFO), Ashoka Foundation, Fundación Colunga, and the LEGO Foundation.

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Innovation Overview
10 - 18
Age Group
1 660
Children/Users
2
Countries
2014
Established
Not-for-profit
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Tips for implementation
All resources, including detailed activity descriptions, rubrics and videos can be found on the Aula 42 website. Each course is 12-15 class sessions, perfect for implementing continuously over the course of a few weeks or once or twice a week over the course of a semester.
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Victoria Marambio
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Teacher Constanza Zambrano works with students in her "Building Citizenship" class
Teacher José Gonzalez works with students in the course "Nanotechnology"
Elementos ABP
El despegue | La sociedad de los nuevos | Aula 42
A student-made board game, the final project from the class "The Economy Game"
Students vote for the winner in a class debate as part of the project for "The Magic of Debate"
Aula 42: innovación en la sala de clases

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Make an online account
Go to www.aula42.org and register for a free account
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Choose your courses
Browse our bank of free pre-planned projects.
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Review materials
Take some time to review the course materials. You can download the course manual as well as any supporting resources such as evaluation rubrics. Don't forget to gather any additional supplies!
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Teach your class!
Jump on in and teach your class! We teachers learn best by doing, just like our students.
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