Tools for project-based learning can augment impactful lessons that help students develop key life skills.

5 easy tools that support project-based learning

Tools for project-based learning can augment impactful lessons that help students develop key life skills

2. In each Educurious course, students are challenged with problems to solve that pique their curiosity. Students are learning detectives, working independently or collaboratively with their peers. Teachers provide scaffolding and guidance as students investigate the problem and propose solutions.

3. The time it takes to design effective augmented reality learning activities may cause teachers to hesitate, but Metaverse makes the process more accessible with its scene-centered platform. Create digital scavenger hunts by adding location blocks or item collection commands to the experiences. Promote gamification and movement by designing digital “breakouts” for teams of students, or let students collaborate to create their own. Challenge students to work in teams to solve a riddle or puzzle, or bring the magic of virtual reality to the classroom by incorporating a 360-degree video scene. Empower students to create “choose your own adventure”-style stories or presentations to share with the Metaverse community, or create a professional development experience that will have teachers thinking like kids again.

4. PBL Project Idea Cards is a free online library from PBLWorks and offers more than 60 downloadable Project Idea Cards to support teachers in implementing high-quality PBL. The library will be growing, with new cards to be released throughout the year. The Project Idea Cards are downloadable, standards-based project ideas addressing a range of grade levels and subjects. Each project card lists a driving question, a project description, the standards the project addresses, the anticipated outcomes, and reflection questions to help teachers bring the project to life in their own contexts.

5. Pixton Comic Builder offers an Idea Library of images, characters, and backgrounds to inspire students to create a comic, storyboard, or graphic novel. Whether working on projects individually or collaboratively, students can create personalized avatars to make themselves the star of their own story. Once they’re finished, they can show what they know in any subject by printing, downloading, or sharing on the web.

Laura Ascione

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