Note: I wrote this blog entry as part of my journey to become an ISTE Certified Educator.
What is Trello?
Trello is a collaborative, project management tool that allows users to create lists, filled with cards, to organize tasks, notes, updates, and more in regards to their team project. Depending on the level of service (free and enterprise options are available), users can integrate different power-ups such as Google Drive integration, assigning tasks to users, calendar integration, and much more. Check it out for yourself at www.trello.com.
How Might You Use This Tool to Support PBL?
Trello allows students to become their own organizers of information in whichever way works best for them and their teams. "Boards" can be shared with multiple users, allows teams to keep collaborative notes, tasks, lists, calendars, and information. It is a great (and simple) way for team members to share information, assign tasks, and much more. Teachers can have access to the boards to monitor progress, provide support and information (acting as the guide-on-the-side or in the advisor role). With a paid version, teachers can even create templates of boards to be distributed to students and teams and collect student work through a Google Drive or similar power up.
This tool could be very easily and successfully modeled with colleagues. In fact, it would be a great tool for teachers/teams/schools to use for their own tasks. Team members can assign tasks for specific items, share lists, etc., much like students would do. This is also a great tool for teachers to use with clubs; for example, I use this tool with my Colt Vision (TV Studio) students to keep track of social media posts that need to be created, podcast projects that are currently in development, and much more.
This is also a tool that students can collaboratively explore in conjunction with the teacher. With the many different availabilities of "power-ups" that can be added to boards, students can explore and find the tools they need to help them specifically with their project.
By giving students the ability to structure their project resources in the way that works best for them, students are becoming more empowered to run further with their problems. Using Trello also addresses many of the ISTE Standards for Students, further empowering learners to take control of their digital learning environment. Some of the ISTE Standards addressed include: