Project Pals

Instill 21st-century skills more effectively than teaching to a test. As an interactive platform for student-centered inquiry and project-based learning, Project Pals helps you streamline and organize independent assignments and group projects. The updated-in-real-time collaboration workspace enables students to visualize information, create meaning, and methodically solve problems across disciplines, while centralizing your assessments, feedback, and project management.

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The Project Pals Platform

Equipped with powerful knowledge creation and visualization tools, Project Pals’ platform allows students to create project assets, import media, and visualize relationships within a collaborative workspace updated in real time. Teachers can organize, monitor, and assess multiple projects simultaneously, get inspired by our Catalog of Common Core-aligned projects, and share student work with peers and parents.

Plan
Create an original project, choose one from a Catalog of Common Core-aligned projects, or co-author and co-manage projects with other teachers on interdisciplinary inquiries. Once a project is created, you can form teams and assign tasks.

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Create
Create original project assets and import assets, including media files and Google docs. You can also drag-and-drop assets within the workspace—visually arranging content in meaningful ways—and tag assets to classify and organize information.

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Monitor and Assess
Monitor student progress in the workspace updated in real time, plus comment on student work, chat with teams, and evaluate proficiency using a built-in rubric tool. You have access to project data for unprecedented insight into individual and team contributions.

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Publish
Publish student projects and portfolios to a School or District Library to build a Learning Hub and share work with peers and parents. Your students can present findings to an audience by designing a deck or digital poster board.

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The Project Pals Methodology

The Project Pals methodology incorporates learning principles based on cognitive research—external problem representations, computational thinking, design thinking, systems thinking, and collaborative problem solving—to improve students’ approach to learning across disciplines.

Ask Questions
Driving questions focus student inquiries, and question maps allow students to refine questions into an organized, visual representation.

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Explore Resources
Upload documents, import Google docs, and attach online articles to a project or assignment for student reference.

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Create Content
Easy-to-use content tools empower students to create project assets in the interactive workspace, thus demonstrating their knowledge and thought process.

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Identify Components and Events
Students learn to break problems down into component parts and document processes and timelines of events—an integral part of computational thinking.

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Visualize Relationships
Building a mind map enables students to identify patterns and relationships between project assets.

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Analyze and Conclude
Students drag-and-drop project assets to compare and contrast information, create a structured analysis, and reach reasoned conclusions.

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Present Findings
Students design digital posters or slide decks, choosing relevant information for their audience, and by presenting it, hone essential communication skills.

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