Trello for Student Productivity
Type of Technology: Organization/Productivity
SAMR Model Rating: Redefinition
Grade Level: 6-12
Subject Area: Any
Trello is a professional tool for organizing, collaborating, and creating accountability. It may also provide motivation and incentives.
In our sixth grade class, we use an app called Trello. When we start a project, I create a board on Trello and assign each student, or group of students a card. I share the board using a link provided by Trello and the students sign in with their Google accounts. On the Trello board I create lists or check points for the project. As students finish work, they attach it to their card and move it to the next station on the board. This provides documentation and an at-a-glance view of how far along my students are on their projects.
As a beginning step, I created a board for our weekly packets. Students to a page a day with a quiz on Fridays and turn it it. To teach Trello, I created a board for “Math Packet”, a card for each student, and a list for each page of the packet. When students finished a page, they attached a picture to their card and moved it to the next station. I was able to see student progress and give them a “sticker” for completing their work. It even encouraged some students to work ahead so that they could move their card to the “finish line” first.
I recently had a student lose their packet between Thursday and Friday. This would normally result in the student having to start over, or get a zero for their grade on that assignment. The student was quick to point out, “You can still grade it Mr. Cooper, it’s all on Trello!”
When we moved to a project, in this case an argument essay, the students were once again given a card to keep track of their work and I split the task into 5 steps; research, their graphic organizer, rough draft, final draft, and presentation.
Students used their card to keep track of their work and move through the process.
Using Trello, the teacher creates check-in points within each project. She or he can see at-a-glance which students may be stuck and need some support. They can also add comments to student cards and the students will receive a notification on their device.
Students can share cards for group projects. This means that they can collaborate on projects in class or outside of school, and they have a central place to store their work.
This has been an excellent tool for students to keep track of their work and have a visual representation of the progress they are making through a project. This technology offers them a chance to self-monitor, break up long term projects into manageable stations, and see their progress in relationship to the rest of the class.