|Designing Effective Projects : Projects to Engage Learners
Classroom Management of Resources and ICT Access
ICT can play a big part in project-based learning. The use of ICT enhances the learning experience and allows learners make connections to the outside world. It gives learners a place to find resources and to create work products. Efficient management of available ICT during projects takes planning and organization.
The One-Computer Classroom
One of the biggest challenges many teachers face is the lack of computers. Even with only one computer in the classroom, there are many ways to use ICT effectively to improve learner learning.
On the designated days, particular groups of learners have access to the computer. They can work independently or in pairs depending on the work that needs to be completed. If a computer is open and not being used by a member of the assigned group, anyone can use it until it is needed.
Learning stations provide teachers and learners a structured way to rotate through a small number of computers during class time. With access to three or four computers, learners get more time and extended opportunities to work with ICT to create projects. Stations should be connected to one another in a way that makes sense for the learners to rotate through in a timely fashion. These stations can be set up so the content they are learning and work they are producing relates to each other. For example:
The amount of time devoted to learning stations depends on
how much time is available and the amount of work that will be
expected of the learners. The important piece in using learning
stations effectively is making sure learners are aware of what to do
at each station through teacher modeling and monitoring. They should
be held accountable for their work with checklists and/or teacher
conferencing and have a place to store their works in progress for the
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