How I Use It
In our PBL school, Project Foundry is key to our workflow. This is a comprehensive tool, and teachers must be prepared to commit several hours to setup. But once you're up and running, Project Foundry is second to none in managing project based learning. And although there's quite a bit of setup time required on the teacher's part, with just a little bit of instruction, students catch on quickly.
Project Foundry allows students and teachers to manage projects from start to finish. Students begin by proposing a project using a custom form created by the teacher. In proposing their project, students can even align their project with state standards. The teacher can then approve or return the project with feedback.
Once students are underway with their project, they use Project Foundry to manage their calendar, to-do list, log the time they spend on the project, and document their learning along the way. Students upload artifacts on Project Foundry to show evidence of learning and receive feedback. At the end of a project, teachers and students can use Project Foundry to evaluate the project and reflect on the process.
I can't imagine the mess of paperwork that would exist if we didn't use Project Foundry. There are times when we've run into confusing bugs, but Shane and the Project Foundry team are responsive and ready to help. If you're really serious about PBL in your class, and want to move past paper forms and free apps, Project Foundry is worth checking out. If you're looking to start a PBL-focused school, Project Foundry is a must-have no-brainer.