Project Based Learning Web Tools

Wondering what would be the best tools to use for interactive learning? Several web tools are available and this blog will highlight four of them.

What are web tools for project based learning (PBL)?

It is a learning method that gets students engaged in their learning and take ownership of being active in projects. “Outside influences have always had an effect on educational practice” (Haythornthwaite & Andrews, 2011, p.95).  It drives questions through innovation by empowering students to use their voice and skills.

Google Docs/Driveimages (2)

  • Acts like a cloud based to-go hard drive
  • Students are able to not only share documents, but create, edit, and view other documents that are related to the particular project (Rowan, 2013)
  • Supports interactive learning because documents are accessible from multiple computers and tablets at any time
  • Students will need a Google account for complete access
  • Prevents the hassle of emailing papers back and forth
  • Revisions of the document can be tracked which stands out in comparison to a Word document (Carey, 2013)
  • Voice notes can also be used to leave feedback:
  • Peer to peer
  • Instructor to student
  • Google Drive can be accesses here https://www.google.com/drive/

 

Animotoimages (14)

  • Remember the old boring slide shows or the transparencies on the projector? Well, those boring days are over since Animoto has changed the way students visually learn in the classroom
  • It is a fun tool that brings academic learning to life through video
  • Projects that require videos and photos can be uploaded and produced into a combination video (Bhaskar, 2013)
  • It brings a touch of magic to ordinary presentations
  • Great way to engage students in the classroom and for online learning
  • Supports interactive learning because of its unique platform to assist with engaging students and providing new ways to do digital projects (Bhaskar, 2013)
  • Animoto can be accessed here https://animoto.com/

 

Dipity  download (10)

  • Love creating timelines? Okay, no? That’s perfectly fine since Dipity can help you do it better!
  • Students can collect the information they want for the timeline on the website
  • Dipity provides details of times, locations, and media reports of multiple topics (Rowan, 2013)
  • Students and instructors can create a timeline to share with others and incorporate pictures, videos, and additional links to create an engaging project (Rowan, 2013)
  • Dipity supports interactive learning because anyone can use it and it provides an easy to follow, yet extremely detailed format to use
  • Dipity can be accessed here http://www.dipity.com/

Glogster download (11)

  • Remember the traditional poster boards you dragged into the classroom? Well, say goodbye to the old school method.
  • Glogster save paper by providing an online interactive method to build a poster (Rowan, 2013)
  • Great tool for brainstorming and interactive presentations
  • Any topic can be used on a Glogster poster
  • Students can arrange their thoughts in manner that is easy for others to view
  • Students can create posters for projects through customizable templates
  • The one-page poster can include pictures, text, videos, and additional images
  • Glogsters can be shared instantaneously with peers and instructors
  • Notes from lectures can also be stored on a Glogster for future reference
  • Glogster supports interactive learning by providing a way for student to use more than just pictures for a traditional post, but thoroughly presenting a topic in an artistic way (Bhaskar, 2103)
  • Glogster can be accessed here http://edu.glogster.com/

 

My Favorite!

Animoto would be fantastic to incorporate into distance learning in the future.  Students often want to be creative with projects by using video, but do not know how to properly insert it into a presentation. Animoto would help with creating a visual unlike the typical projects or power point presentations many of us are too familiar with.

 

References

Carey, J. (2013). Google drive: A better method for giving students feedback. Retrieved from http://plpnetwork.com/2013/09/09/give-students-frequent-feedback-google-drive/

Bhaskar, S. K. (2013). Best tools for project based learning. Retrieved from http://edtechreview.in/news/436-best-tools-for-project-based-learning

Haythornthwaite, C., & Andrews, R. (2011). E-learning theory and practice. Sage: Thousand Oaks, CA.

Rowan, B. (2013). 5 useful free web tools for project based learning assignments. Retrieved from http://www.emergingedtech.com/2013/11/5-useful-free-web-tools-for-project-based-learning-assignments/