TALLAPOOSA, Ga., June 7, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Project Pals, the Los Angeles-based EdTech Startup, today announced that they are partnering with Haralson County School District to support the district's project based learning initiatives district-wide in the 2017-2018 Academic Year. 2,300 students in grades 5-12 will use Project Pals' project based learning design and management platform to create and organize projects. The cloud-based application will enable students to collaborate on problem-solving in real-time through a shared visual workspace.
Haralson County School District, like many districts nationwide, has embraced project based learning to empower students to gain 21st century skills including critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration and communication. The district sought an online solution to help manage and scale their STEM project based learning initiatives. After a successful implementation of Project Pals at Haralson County Middle School in May 2017, where two hundred students and three teachers created dozens of projects in two weeks, the district chose to partner with Project Pals as their exclusive project based learning platform provider at all Haralson County schools.
"When I first saw the Project Pals interface at the Consortium for School Networking in Chicago, I knew it was a game changer," said Haralson County School District CTO, Zac Crosby. "The product addressed our biggest pain points in implementing project based learning, namely helping students structure their approach to problem solving, and helping teachers manage and assess projects at scale. My initial impression was validated when both Students and Teachers alike raved about their experience working collaboratively on Project Pals, and did so with minimal onboarding to get started. We are excited to roll out the platform district-wide in the Fall to enhance our continued focus on project based learning."
Project Pals was designed by Miriam Bogler, a seasoned Technology Educator and Academic, with three decades of experience in project based learning and deep learning instructional design. The platform is based on the principles of computational thinking and external representation, encouraging students to break problems down into components to form meaningful relationships.
Projects are created collaboratively online. Each individual student contribution is tracked and reported through detailed Project Analytics, providing Teachers with unprecedented transparency to assess individual and group contributions. Project Analytics alleviates a major challenge for offline group projects; assessing who contributed what content to the project. Teachers can also publish projects online, enabling Students and Teachers to explore projects and learn from one another.
"We are thrilled to partner with Haralson County School District to support their impressive project based learning initiatives," said Project Pals Founder and CEO, Miriam Bogler. "Their innovative, early-adopter approach to integrating technology in the classroom is a perfect fit for us as we start to roll out Project Pals across districts and schools nationwide. We look forward to scaling our efforts with Haralson County School District, and inspiring Students and Teachers to engage in collaborative problem-solving and deep learning."
ABOUT PROJECT PALS
Project Pals is a project based learning design and management system headquartered in Los Angeles. Project Pals' innovative cloud-based solution empowers students to collaboratively engage in problem-solving, and provides teachers with tools to manage, assess, and publish projects at scale. Our mission is to connect the world in deep learning through collaborative problem solving. For more information, visit www.projectpals.com. Download our Media Kit for visuals of the application.
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