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Using Learning Suite for Project Based Learning
It is becoming increasingly problematic for employers
that students are leaving school without the necessary
skills to gain employment. Key skills that are missing
tend to be problem solving, teamwork, innovation,
adaptability and critical thinking. A solution could be
less teaching from the front and more project based or
inquiry based learning. Learning Suite by Microsoft is a
collection of free resources that can help teachers
make this change.
In this tutorial you will:
1) Learn about the key features of project based learning.
2) Install Learning Suite by Microsoft.
3) Use Learning Suite as a digital toolkit.
Learning Suite by Microsoft
ICT Skill Level Required:
Carole has been teaching for 15 years and is convinced that student ownership of learning is critically important.
Students can develop key skills by giving them a certain amount of freedom in the choice of content, goals, method and
tools. Carole organizes project work and at all stages she tries to engage students by giving them a challenge. In Carole’s
class students are not passive consumers of knowledge but active producers of it.
1. When Carole designs a project based learning activity she considers 4 components:
Students do research on data (text material, results of science experiments, pieces of art, audio and
video etc.) and define a goal or a challenge.
The outcomes of the investigation result in a creative product: a written text, a presentation, a video clip,
The creative product is presented, preferably not just for the teacher but also for fellow students who
can give reciprocal feedback.
It is essential for project work that collaboration is integrated in the different stages.
2. For her project work Carole wants to use ICT tools that provide an added value. Learning Suite by Microsoft is
a collection of free programs and applications that can be used for project work. The programs and applications
are mapped according to 21st
Century Skills and match the stages of project work.
3. The most important thing about Learning Suite is that it is a set of free tools for students. Learning Suite can
also be downloaded on any computer.
Carole calls the Leaning Suite a digital toolkit. Just like an ordinary toolkit students can grab what they need
when they need it.
In one of the projects the students investigate healthy food and eating habits. The students collaborate in
groups and do research about the calories of snacks and drinks they consume during a week.
Here’s how Carole has used tools from Learning Suite to build her students’ skills.
PBL Element Tool Used Activity Skill(s) developed See How
Research 1. Bing
Critical Thinking 1. How To Guide
2. How To Guide
Collaboration SkyDrive Sharing common
How To Guide
Creation 1. Autocollage
Prepare a visual
report of the
Creative Skills 1. How To Guide
2. How To Guide
Presentation 1. Songsmith
outcomes for an
audience of peers.
Presenting Skills 1. How To Guide
2. How To Guide
Further Resources and Ideas
Tutorials and Learning Activities for Learning Suite
Find out more about Project Based Learning
Find out more about Innovative Teaching and Learning and 21st
UNESCO CfT – Technology Literacy (Curriculum and Assessment, Basic Knowledge), (Pedagogy, Complex
Problem Solving) and (ICT, Basic Tools)
ISTE – Facilitate and Inspire Student Learning and Creativity (1c,d), Design and Develop Digital-Age Learning
Experiences and Assessments (2b,d) and Model Digital Age Work and Learning (3d)