What is Kanbanchi?
Kanbanchi is a project management tool that integrates nicely with G Suite for Education. It allows students to create a board, add tasks, and collaborate on long-term projects. It's name originates from Kanban, a project management strategy used in many different businesses and organizations.
Why is this a great tool?
If you have students working on long-term projects and want them to be cooperating and collaborating on multiple tasks as the same time, Kanbanchi is a great tool to help them stay on task. Project management is a very important and useful skill that they will continue to use in the workforce. It can also be used by teachers to visually track the progress of students through a process.
How do I use it?
Below is a playlist of videos to really get to know all the features of Kanbanchi. See the written directions below to learn more about how you can use it as a teacher.
The best way to sign in is at https://kanban-chi.appspot.com/. If you are using an iPad, click the share button and "add to home screen." This will create an app icon that allows students and teachers to quickly launch Kanbanchi. Kanbanchi works the same on an iPad using Safari as it does in Chrome on a MacBook. You will be prompted to login with Google.
Once you log in to Kanbanchi, you will see a screen that looks like this. You can create boards and see the ones that are shared with you. Note that in order for students to see a board you have shared with them, they have to log in to Kanbanchi to see it.
When you create a board, you can add lists (columns). The lists are used to describe the stages of your process such as To Do, Doing, and Done. Under each list, you create cards (tasks) that you then can move between columns.
Each card is a smaller task for your overall project. Each card can have a title, description, subcards, a priority level, due dates, and checklists. Each card can be assigned to any person collaborating on that project board. Note that any person with access to a board can edit anything within the board (cards, lists, etc.) so if you plan to use this with an entire class, keep it in mind that students can move each other's cards. It is better for small groups to have their own boards.
To share a board or template, you can use Google accounts or the share link just like other files in Google Drive.
If you want to create a template for a board with specific lists and cards, you can create a template for students. Go to the Kanbanchi boards manager where you can see all your boards, then click on the Templates tab. Create your template board and share it with students.
Students go to the same place in their boards manager to open templates that have been shared with them. This creates a unique copy of that board which they can then in turn share with other classmates.