This week we focused on planning and preparing our project by focusing on the tasks and activties of the project. We also looked at estimating time and preparing resources. We were given 2 options to post in our learning logs, I decided to go with option 2 and post about an article by Jamie Mckenzie titled, Scaffolding in PBL. I thought this article was so great I’ve inserted it here:
I think scaffolding is key to effective PBL. I have often wondered how to “let my students loose” without making the activity purposeless and unfruitful On the other hand there’s the challenge of being to restrictive. I strongly agree with McKenzie when she explains, “We should have learned by now that exploration by students progresses most effectively when those students have been well equipped, well prepared and well guided along the path.” (McKenize, 1999). There has to be some guidance in order for effective learning to take place. I think the analogy of the guardrail of a mountain highway fits well with the whole concept of scaffolding in PBL, it doesn’t road block the learning process but guides it safely and effectively.
I have pondered this issue in our project already. Using Google maps and other Edtech tools will require some major guidance and I have worried about being too constricting in the creative process. One thing we have done is narrowed down the tools to the most effective and simple to use. We haven’t put a limit on the tools and have encouraged in our project the opportunity to use other tools. I think scaffolding in PBL is worthwhile and its principles should be considered in other teaching activities as well.