One on the benefits of bringing the personal learning environment into the classroom is that each phase offers opportunities to help students develop the transdisciplinary skills that will carry them beyond school and into their adult lives. The Recording Phase offers all sorts of opportunities for interest-based and project-based learning, because it relies on so many of the critical thinking-related skills.
If a student is struggling with their project, the Recording Phase can help them get back on track by helping them see the patterns of what they’re initially finding. It can spark a student’s flagging motivation by offering a fresh outlook. It can even help the student find a direction for their project by providing some inspiration.
The Recording Phase is primarily a research and information literacy activity, opening the door to discussions on both and methods for developing those skills while working on the project. The student practices scanning, analysis, and judgment while reviewing their information stream. As the student gathers and organizes their initial findings, they practice distributed cognition and the foundations of knowledge work.
By managing his or her own information stream and findings, the student develops and practices the skills necessary to review and quickly make decisions in future projects.