PowerSchool Learning is conducive to project-based learning, or PBL, and has almost limitless options of how to use tools and features for PBL assignments. To illustrate an example, we’ll take an example of a project and show how it could have been done using PowerSchool Learning.
In 2015, a high school in Texas assigned a “one take” video project to its students called “So You Think You Can Dance?” They used principles of project-based learning in creating this video. (For the backstory, read more about it and watch their one-take video.)
Note: A Maceo Smith New Tech High School did not share the final deliverable requirements for this project, so this is just an example of how their project could have been accomplished using PowerSchool Learning’s fully integrated learning platform.
Option 1: Collaboration through WikiProjects
The teacher needs students to collaborate on their one-take project, providing them with a means to post and provide feedback on group work. The teacher can create a WikiProject, set the parameters of the assignment, create groups, assign members, and set due dates.
From that point, students can:
As a group they must:
Option 2: Conversation through Discussion Forums
Just like WikiProjects, Discussions enable teachers to structure forums in different ways: one-to-one communication between teacher and student; small group communication; and class-wide communication.
In the one-take example, the teacher will create small groups in the Discussion Forums, so each group can only see and discuss answers to questions like these within their small group:
The beauty of integration
Because assigned activities—any item with a date—are fully integrated into the class calendar, students and parents can drop by to take a look at what’s due when. Plus, if the teacher has details to add, or comments to clarify, he can post an announcement, which students and parents can opt to receive via text message.
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