Using digital tools, teachers can more efficiently managing the complexity of a student-centered PBL classroom. Although Canvas wasn't designed with PBL in mind, there are ways to leverage or augment it's features to support New Tech Network's PBL and assessment model.
Creating a Daily Agenda
A learner-centered agenda acts as a hub for all learning that will take place in a PBL classroom. A well designed agenda will communicate what took place in class on a given day, how it relates to the current overarching project and relate the class activities to student learning objectives.
This best practice can be brought into Canvas by leveraging the embed feature in a Canvas front page. To learn how to do this, see How do I use an embedded Google document as a daily course agenda in Canvas?
To learn more about NTN use of powerful agendas and their purpose in a PBL classroom, check out this article about Learner-Centered Echo Agenda Characteristics.
Organizing PBL Units
Keeping the contents of a project organized is important for multiple reasons. Students and families need to be able to see how assignments and resources published in Canvas are related to different elements of the project. Instructors also benefit from good course structure within Canvas as the volume of assignments and pages can impact the clarity of a project and make it difficult to reuse a project in the future.
To learn how to use various features of Canvas to keep your PBL Units organized, see How do I keep my content organized in Canvas?
Peer Assessments For Collaboration And More
To learn more about NTN’s practices around assessing collaboration, please see this article: How do I teach and assess collaboration skills (secondary)?
Differentiation and Personalization
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