A learning wall that reflects the emerging nature of your project is something that will help you develop new ideas.
Productivity and creativity guru Scott Belsky calls it a Done Wall, Google Ventures' Jake Knapp calls it The War Room of a project. In short, for longer, deeper thinking projects we need a physical space that is a continual reminder of the work that is going on, what has been completed. The space for your project will help keep ideas bubbling away and will create a point of interest to talk about and refer to. Having one physical space is a vital component in getting all the information from a project's immersion phase into one space, meaning digital resources need to be made physical, too.
Building a project nest is a developmental process, not something that has boundaries. It is added to incrementally and over the course of your project. Throughout our work with a large fashion brand in London we built small display cases of ideas for teams to use. These project nests then grew with the new material discovered by teams through their interviews, research and observations. In the final showcase, weeks later, the project nest shows 'assessors' of ideas, where those ideas came from, where the information was discovered and reveals the research skills of the student or participant in the process.
For the schools we work with they can dedicate a wall space that becomes a working wall. In a primary school in South Brisbane, Australia they have a whole room dedicated to the artefacts of their project. Whichever way you decide to do it, the fact that there is a messy learning space that learners or members of a team can contribute to, provides a ongoing support to project work.
This can work with even your youngest learners. Nami Kim at American School in Japan Early Learning Center, Tokyo, has her youngest kindergartners create their own 'frames' in which their learning journey can be posted, by them, as they feel they've learned something and want to show it.
You might also think about creating a teacher-based project nest throughout a semester or school year for all staff to collect, share and group their teaching and learning strategies, just as Kathleen McLean and colleagues at Ormeau Primary School, Queensland, have done (above, left). This is what Knapp refers to more as a War Room - a dedicated space for a specific, longer project involving a series of shorter, more intense design sprints to get things done in a short period of time.
Take a look at the following next steps to help you make the most of your project nest.