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Tools for Project-Based Learning

Project-based learning, or PBL, challenges students to design and engage in more authentic, extended, and complex learning. But while PBL is a trusted strategy for increasing student engagement and learning, it's not easy to orchestrate. There are tons of moving pieces, and if you're doing it right, students will be engaging in a variety of interest-driven projects all with various needs and on different schedules. So how do you manage it all? Tech can be a huge help. This list gathers some useful productivity and organization tools that can help both teachers and students keep track of, finish, and assess projects. There are also a few tools designed specifically for PBL, as well as plug-and-play PBL experiences.

Defined STEM Visit Website: https://app.definedstem.com/home
Stellar collection of STEM resources supports project-based learning
Grades K-12
Type Website
Price Free to Try, Paid
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
Dreamdo Schools Visit Website: https://edu.dream.do/
Sleek project-based learning platform encourages global connections
Grades K-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
WeLearnedIt Publisher: eduClipper, Inc.
Digital portfolio and management tool for project-based classrooms
Grades K-12
Type App
Price Free, Paid
Platforms iPad
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
Seesaw: The Learning Journal Publisher: Seesaw, Inc.
Versatile digital portfolio appeals to teachers, students, and parents
Grades K-12
Type App
Price Free, Paid
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Kindle Fire, Chrome
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
PenPal Schools Visit Website: https://penpalschools.com/
Collaborative lessons connect students across the globe
Grades 3-8
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 5
Mathalicious Visit Website: http://www.mathalicious.com/
Toughest palates can't resist appetizing look at real-world math
Grades 6-12
Type Website
Price $320 annual subscription per teacher
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
eBackpack Visit Website: https://www.ebackpack.com/
Easy system to submit, review, and store digital assignments
Grades 6-12
Type Website
Price Free, Paid
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating 4
Evernote Publisher: Evernote
Impressive organizational tool has limitless uses
Grades 6-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Kindle Fire, Nook HD, Chrome, Windows Phone, Apps for Windows
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Notability Publisher: Ginger Labs
Flexible note-taking tool empowers learners of all abilities
Grades 6-12
Type App
Price $2.99
Platforms iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Common Sense Rating 5
Teacher Rating 4
Pathbrite Visit Website: https://pathbrite.com
Create, organize, assess sleek digital portfolios
Grades 6-12
Type Website
Price Free
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
Project Foundry Visit Website: http://projectfoundry.org/
Helpful, yet complex, management tool for project-based learning
Grades 6-12
Type Website
Price
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating 5
Bulb Visit Website: https://www.bulbapp.com
Slick portfolio tool has cool features, limited feedback options
Grades 7-12
Type Website
Price Free, Paid
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
Meridian Stories Visit Website: http://www.meridianstories.com/
Unique challenges for great learning; site could offer more support
Grades 7-12
Type Website
Price Free, Paid
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
Wikispaces Visit Website: http://www.wikispaces.com/
Powerful tool for creating collaborative websites
Grades 7-12
Type Website
Price Free, Paid
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating 4
Educurious (with LMS) Visit Website: http://educurious.org/
Spark deep curiosity with PBL courses that connect life and learning
Grades 9-12
Type Website
Price Paid
Common Sense Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
Google Drive Visit Website: https://drive.google.com/
Nifty tool for collaboratively editing docs and syncing files across devices or online
Grades 9-12
Type Website
Price Free, Paid
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating 4
WordPress.com Visit Website: http://wordpress.com/
Solid blogging tool and content management system offers DIY blogs
Grades 9-12
Type Website
Price Free, Paid
Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating 3