Course Spotlight

In this one-hour course, you will learn:

• The principles of PBL design
• The methodology of PBL
• How to foster problem-solving skills
• How to encourage student collaboration
• Innovative ideas and testing

Need an Easy Button for Project-Based Learning?

Teachers already have enough on their plates as it is. Rather than adding to their workload with time-consuming tasks, why not make things easier for them? Implementing PBL with Project Pals – An Overview provides the peace of mind you need to help teachers organize projects and encourage their students to succeed with inspired project-based learning.

Discover Project Pals

Miriam Bogler founded Project Pals with her vision to create an inclusive project management platform for collaborative, project-based learning (PBL). She is a former technology teacher as well as an instructional technology professional with over 20 years of experience. Bogler explains how PBL “requires purposeful and authentic experiences generated by students engaging in relevant questions.”

Project Pals helps teachers engage their students by providing relevant questions that are relatable to students’ lives and their communities, covering real-world issues and events that are taking place outside of the classroom. Some examples include how to solve a public health problem, how to design a park supporting local plant life, and how to build affordable housing. It correlates well with the Texas Performance Standards Project (TPSP).

The subject matter can be customized based on your particular project or field of study. This offers an inquiry-based educational approach where students are encouraged to collaborate with their peers to arrive at a solution. With this method, students will discover why content is useful and how it’s applicable in real-life situations.

Problem Solving Strategies

What would you do to remedy the issue of your plant’s leaves turning yellow? Bogler uses the example of an ailing golden pothos plant in a classroom and the steps students might take to restore its health. This process helps students to implement problem-solving skills while collaborating as a team to find a solution.

Next, Bogler illustrates how homelessness can be addressed with Project Pals. Students will collaborate with guided questions to define the topic, causes, and solutions while learning more about the scope of the problem. This requires research and task delegation among the students to complete their group projects. Afterward, they can test and analyze the level of impact for each solution presented.

The engineering design template in Project Pals addresses specific pain points of a community. Students can create a survey to find out what the community members would like to see improved. Once they have gathered the information, students will collaborate to determine their “innovation idea” that will help the community.

Personalized PBL

Project-based learning is an in-depth process that can be simplified for teachers and their students by using Project Pals. Students will strengthen their knowledge while developing problem-solving, critical thinking, and collaboration skills. Teachers can customize the layout to enhance the specific project, making it more exciting and engaging for students to work together.

Bogler suggests that “projects should feature deep integration with course content and be rooted in core subject areas, helping to deepen and build student knowledge of important topics.” If you want to create a student-centered learning environment while improving student outcomes, this course can be a powerful asset to your training.

Interested in learning more about how to optimize project-based learning? Explore the course demo on Implementing PBL with Project Pals – an Overview today!

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