Course Spotlight

In this one-hour course, you will learn:

• Phase 1: Encompassing learning experiences
• Phase 2: Detailing the independent research process
• How to implement Animal Nation in Project Pals
• How to map and manage the project
• How to promote student collaboration

How to Manage the Animal Nation Project in 3 Simple Steps

Do you want to simplify your class project management process? What’s the most effective way to help students successfully work together as a team? Implementing PBL with Project Pals – Animal Nation empowers teachers to tackle large-scale group projects and effectively manage each aspect while promoting student collaboration.

1. Utilize Project Pals

How do you handle project management for group project-based learning? Project Pals provides the framework for creating and managing all of the tasks required in project-based learning (PBL). It simplifies the process so you can focus on student outcomes and personalize each project to adhere with state standards.

Project Pals’ Founder and CEO Miriam Bogler emphasizes building on the foundation of students’ core knowledge to complete their projects. She founded Project Pals with her vision to create an inclusive project management platform for collaborative PBL. Bogler is a former technology teacher as well as an instructional technology professional with over 20 years of experience in the field.

Project Pals enables you to enrich the scope of the Animal Nation project for your students by creating a customized template. This project allows students to display their knowledge and teamwork skills covering their chosen animal. Students will work both independently and together to synthesize what they have learned.

2. Animal Nation Overview

Students love being involved in projects they are passionate about. That’s why the Animal Nation project is a wonderful opportunity for them to learn about a topic they’re interested in while developing teamwork and problem-solving skills. Once they have chosen an animal, they will begin doing in-depth research about its physical characteristics, basic needs, habitat, diet, etc.

The Animal Nation project is included in the Texas Performance Standards Project (TPSP) list for K-2. You can refer to the primary grade level TPSP Assessment Rubric Overview for more information to help you determine how the project is evaluated.

When you have finished customizing the Animal Nation project, you’ll be able to assign it to students within your classes. You can delegate specific teams within each class as you see fit. Remember, this particular project is for younger students who may require more detailed instruction regarding their group responsibilities.

3. Managing PBL Outcomes

Bogler goes on to explain how it is important for students to learn how to manage their work. With Project Pals, they have the opportunity to choose from individual tasks among group members. Teachers can also assign tasks and keep track of each students’ contributions to the project.

Animal Nation teaches students much more than learning about a specific animal. Through PBL, it imparts valuable life skills such as teamwork, time management, responsibility, logical reasoning, creative problem-solving, communication, and collaboration. Let Project Pals organize your project-management process so you can help your students achieve their best learning outcomes.

Interested in learning more about how you can manage and personalize project-based learning? Explore the course demo on Implementing PBL with Project Pals – Animal Nation today!

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