When leading workshops centered around project based learning and design thinking. In doing so, there are two major challenges that teachers share. The first, is how to have students organize themselves, especially when it is a group project.
The second is assessment and how to grade the process, not just the end product. All challenges can become opportunities. In this case we have an opportunity to help students enhance and develop their project management skills
There are many different ways in which teachers address these concerns and one possible app is Asana. Asana is a cross platform project management tool that that facilitates task management and conversations for people working on a project from start to finish. It’s free for groups of up to 15 people to use. When working on a group project students can add the teacher into the group.
Using Asana students and teachers can:
- Create tasks, to-dos and reminders from anywhere in the app - Add due dates, assignees, followers, details, and files to tasks - Comment on tasks from anywhere - Share images and files directly to Asana, from other apps - Have group conversations about the project
Instead of assigning a grade, when the group has completed a certain part of the project the teacher and student can agree that it can be checked off. This can serve as a great alternative to a number grade.
Asana helps provide structure to organizing and managing projects while being held accountable by their teacher and peers.