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Aula 42

location_on Chile

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

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.

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Overview

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2014

Established

1.66K

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Organisation
Not-for-profit
Updated
November 22nd, 2022
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.

About the innovation

Aula 42

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.

Impact & scalability

Impact & Scalability

Aula aims to make learning fun and meaningful for students by supporting teachers to implement engaging project-based courses. Any teacher in the world can download a course bundle - consisting of high quality lesson plans, original videos and assessment materials.

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Initiative makes PBL lesson plans available freely to teachers in it's area helping teachers scaffold a 21st century relevant project-based education working with authentic problems within the framework of the curriculum.
This program is a great model of a resource that is free, malleable, and impactful. It can easily be scaled to work for many countries, schools, and classrooms.
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Implementation steps

Make an online account
Head over to www.aula42.org and click on the button "Regístrate o Ingresa". This will take you to the platform, where you will be asked to create your account and fill out a brief form with some basic contact information. 
Choose your courses
Browse our project bank of 15 (and counting!) pre-planned full-length projects and sign up for the ones that interest you. All resources are free. 
Review materials

Each course comes with a detailed course manual as well as supporting resources. Most courses also include videos for students and teachers to help make course implementation fun and easy. Feel free to make changes and adaptations to fit your school context - these courses are blueprints, and we think they are in pretty good shape to be implemented as is, but the expert on your students is YOU. We've had some amazing adaptations from creative teachers, and we love to see you make the course your own.

While we include resources like rubrics and worksheets, most courses also require some materials to spice up classroom activities such as post-its, facepaint, spaghetti, even incense or tennis balls! 

It is important to review what you'll need well before implementing an activity with your students. Time is valuable, and you don't want to miss a great activity it because you forgot to bring the post-its the morning of the design thinking exercise.

If these materials are hard to access, we encourage you to think of alternatives. You can always reach out to your team for help adapting the materials list. 

Teach your class!

It is time to teach your class. The first session of a PBL course is critical, don't let it go to waste! We make sure to include ideas for engaging project launch activities because we know that if we can get students excited about the work ahead our job will be much easier. Take some time to really think through how to motivate your students in this first class. 


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