How does Project Foundry make project-based learning easier? We engage students, streamline paperwork, generate transcripts, focus on life skills and create robust student portfolios.
Seeing learners engaged in their learning is one of the most exciting and rewarding experiences someone can have. It is at the heart of everything we do.
It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that people learn by doing and stay motivated through topics of interest. The interdisciplinary nature of the real world means students need to synthesize information and polish the life skills needed for the 21st Century Economy. Innovative schools across the United States and Canada are using Foundry as a management tool to help engage students by facilitating student-directed, teacher-organized and/or school-initiated project-based learning. If you're truly doing project-based learning, you'll want to see Foundry in action.
Project-based learning in practice can be more challenging than traditional chalk-talk without the right tools and training. Piles of project proposals, time logs, and learning standard binders can be a real drag! Foundry streamlines the paperwork and validates the learning by collecting the documents through an intuitive user interface that parallels PBL best practices. With Foundry you can spend more time with students, and less time organizing stacks of paperwork or folders of spreadsheets.
Schools need to demonstrate that students are learning their respective state learning standards/outcomes required for graduation. Foundry helps dynamic learning environments demonstrate accountability by providing the ability to align and evaluate projects against state learning standards. In addition, Foundry provides powerful tools for self and peer assessment along the way. As a result, schools using Foundry have a series of useful reports, a standards-based transcript, and project-by-project drill downs that communicate academic progress.
The skills needed to succeed in the 21st century economy need to be practiced, refined, and then refined again. Content mastery is no longer enough to remain competitive in the global economy. Hands on, experiential, problem-based instruction gives students the opportunity to practice and refine the life skills they will need to succeed. Foundry scaffolds best practices while reinforcing process improvement and short feedback loops.
As digital natives, students can quickly learn the tools necessary to build representative portfolios. However, the challenge for teachers and schools is collecting and organizing tangible experiences in a way students can quickly and easily reflect and represent their work. With Foundry, students and teachers collect their documentation of learning intuitively along the learning process. Then, when students are ready to represent their work, they can quickly and easily build their portfolio with Foundry's easy-to-use website builder.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where does Foundry fit in my technology ecosystem?
Foundry is a perfect complement to a number of other tools you and your students may use for manage teaching and learning. Foundry is the workhorse for workflow management, personalized learning plans, student portfolios and centralized standard tracking, while other tools nicely fill in the other needs of a dynamic learning environment, including: Google Apps, iLife, Moodle, and VoiceThread.
What is required to use Foundry?
An internet connection and a modern browser, including Chrome, Firefox and Safari for both Mac and Windows. Oh yeah and also Microsoft Internet Explorer 8+.
Is Foundry compatible with tablets?
Yes, using the default installed internet browsers. We're working on native apps for both iOS and Android platforms.
How long does it take to get started?
Once you've decided to purchase Foundry and submitted your purchase via the Buy Now form, we can have you a site within 1-3 business days. From there, you'll want to anticipate some time to make the site you own— select standards, change forms to your own, add students. This can be pretty done quickly in the tool, but seeing how people sift through some of these details, you may want to plan a week to a month to accommodate schedules and conversation of the group you're working with.
Why are you different?
As former practitioners of PBL combined with seven years of working with hundreds of schools across the country, we've learned a thing or two of how people do authentic personalize project-based learning. Our tool aims to support and scale educators to do more PBL. We're passionate about the approach, some products of such schools, and send our own children to institutions that embrace more constructivist, learner-centered approaches to learning.
What if I have more questions?
If you have any questions about Foundry or the sign-up process, please send us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org and a member of our team will respond shortly.