Designing Effective Digital-Age Projects for

Equity, Inquiry, and Literacy


MACUL 2021

Thursday, March 18, 2021

10:00 am - 11:00 am EST



From project launch until final showcase, decisions about project design, technology integration, and student choice shape the quality of the learning experience--both in person and via remote learning. We will analyze the anatomy of effective projects, emphasizing opportunities to amplify inquiry, equity and digital-age literacies in PBL.

As PBL advocates, we start with the belief that all students deserve to engage in high-quality PBL. Students’ English fluency or prior academic experiences should not be barriers to access. Our examples will show how effective PBL teachers plan and scaffold projects so that all learners can succeed


For Educators:


  • Design authentic learning activities that align with content area standards and use digital tools and resources to maximize active, deep learning.


  • Foster a culture where students take ownership of their learning goals and outcomes in both independent and group settings.

For Students:

Knowledge Constructor

  • Students build knowledge by actively exploring real-world issues and problems, developing ideas and theories and pursuing answers and solutions.