Projects go hand in hand with being a teacher. Not only are there student projects to manage and look over, but your own projects as well. While it may be easy to become overwhelmed and lose track, Project Pals is here to help.
Project Pals is an easy-to-use program that makes creating and working on different kinds of TPSP projects a breeze. Below, we’ll be going over a few tips on how to use Project Pals effectively, as well as how to learn more.
Project Pals is focused on facilitating project-based learning, which allows students to get to the meat and potatoes of a subject. Many of us are familiar with traditional learning strategies, such as building a model solar system in elementary school. However, traditional projects like this often do not challenge students to learn more, ask questions, or seek out new information that they may not have previously known. Project-based learning, on the other hand, is different. The George Lucas foundation describes project-based learning as “an inquiry-based educational approach in which students explore real-world problems through individual or group projects.” This way of teaching helps students make sense of why content is useful and how it might be applied.
One example of project-based learning would be requiring your students to build a robot, with the goal being that the robot travels through a maze. For students to build this robot, they’ll have to find out how gears, torque, and friction work, as well as how to navigate the terrain of the maze or increase the power of the robot going through the maze. Projects like this allow students to think critically about their objective and retain this information in the future.
The power of Project Pals
When you log into Project Pals, you’ll land on your dashboard, where you can access all of your projects. From there, you’ll have a few options. You can insert a link into the project, such as a YouTube video, that your students can watch before starting the assignment. There are various materials you can add to your project, including PDFs, Office files, or mp3 files. All these materials are stored securely online, ready for you whenever you need them. And, of course, you’re able to later remove these files if you want to. You can make the project visible or private, which keeps it hidden from people who don’t have the URL.
Once you begin the project, you’ll have access to a large group of templates made specifically for teachers. These templates can get you started creating your TPSP and let you get your feet wet. You can also manage the progress of the project from the dashboard and see when students have completed them.
The next step
If you have numerous projects to manage, whether, for yourself or your students, Project Pals is a great tool to have. Having all your projects in one place and managing them from one screen can completely change your routine for the better. You’ll spend less time managing your projects and more time teaching students.
This course, Implementing TPSP Projects with Project Pals, will teach you everything you need to know about utilizing Project Pals, from beginning tips to advanced tools. The course is taught by Miriam Bogler, a former technology teacher and instructional technology professional with over twenty years of experience. As the founder and CEO of Project Pals, Bogler has in-depth knowledge on every aspect of the program and can help both new and experienced users master it.
In this 6-hour course from Project Pals, you’ll learn:
- What project-based learning is
- The basics of using Project Pals
- How to create classes in Project Pals
- The advanced features of Project Pals