An Introduction to Challenge Based Learning


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Learn about Challenge Based Learning, as well as tips for getting started in your school, from Katie Morrow.

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  • Why CBL?
  • Screenshot of Write to Change the World wiki with links to Google Docs
  • Origins
  • 4. Assessment from the start: student input on rubrics; reflection booth; blogs, etc.
  • 3. Teach tech just in time instead of just in case.
  • Best Practices: 1. Keep eyes open for Big Ideas and start exploring Essential Questions surrounding them. 2. Collaborative Space 5. Raise our expectations and make our learning process transparent (public celebration at the end, etc.) 6. Get out in the community.
  • An Introduction to Challenge Based Learning

    1. 1. Take Action and Make a Difference.
    2. 2. Katie Morrow 
    3. 3. O’Neill Public Schools O’Neill, Nebraska, USA
    4. 4. Our website: Our Blog:
    5. 5. Why Challenge Based Learning? Because students should be in charge of their learning Because learning is a journey, not just a report card Because relevance and purpose matters Because we live in a global community where challenges exist everywhere, and we must work together to solve them
    6. 6. Designed to Sell Food Network DIY Network American Chopper Design Remix Ace of Cakes TLC Build it Bigger Hells Kitchen Trading Spaces Survivor Monster House Design Remix Top ChefDesigner’s Challenge 24 Hour Design Iron Chef HGTVDesign on a Dime Miami Ink Mission Dirtiest Jobs Organization Flip that House Dog WhispererScrapbooking Myth Busters What Not to Wear Curb AppealMegaScience Discovery Naked Scienc Science Channel National Geographic Chann
    7. 7. Challenge Based Learning 1. Real problems. 2. Learn together. 3. Do something!
    8. 8. The Process
    9. 9. Making a Difference... schools’ century technology 21st use of skills of our our communities and the engaging today’s learners
    10. 10. Challenge Formation
    11. 11. The big idea is a broad concept that can be explored inmultiple ways, is engaging, and has importance tostudents and the larger society. Examples of big ideasare Identity, Sustainability, Creativity, Violence, Peace,and Power. 11
    12. 12. By design, the big idea allows for the generation of a wide varietyof essential questions that reflect the interests of the studentsand the needs of their community. Each group will narrow theirthoughts to one essential question. 12
    13. 13. From each essential question a challenge is articulated thatasks students to create a specific solution that can result inconcrete, meaningful action in their home, schools and/orcommunity. 13
    14. 14. Increase recycling in your community Make your town more energy efficient Increase the percentage of students in your class who stay in school for one more year. Transform apathy into engagementCreate cross-cultural connections in your schooland/or community.
    15. 15. Collaborative Workspace
    16. 16. Collaboration Tools Twitter Socrative FacebookEdmodo Symbaloo iChat
    17. 17. Generated by the students, these questions represent theknowledge students need to discover to successfully meet thechallenge and provide a map to guide the learning process. 17
    18. 18. Guiding Guiding Activities &Questions Resources Help students answer Generated by the the guiding questions Focused set of students, these and develop resources that represent the innovative, insightful, support the activities knowledge and skills and realistic solutions and assist studentsneeded to successfully Designed to provide with developing a develop a solution. guidance on the path solution Direct the research to a solution. Challenge Standards and Solution Curriculum
    19. 19. Surveys & Data Collection
    20. 20. Expert Interviews
    21. 21. Each challenge is stated broadly enough to allow for a variety ofsolutions. Each solution should be thoughtful, concrete,actionable, clearly articulated, and documented in a short video. 21
    22. 22. Reflection
    23. 23. The teams gauge the success of their solution during theimplementation process. They identify the causes of their successand/or failure and determine changes that could be made toimprove the solution. 23
    24. 24. Example CBL Challenges
    25. 25. 
    26. 26. Common Concerns
    27. 27. Alan Cleaver on Flickr 1. Time?
    28. 28. 2. Standards?shutterhacks on Flickr
    29. 29. Nomadic Lass on Flickr 3.Assessment?
    30. 30. Serigne Diagne on Flickr 4. Technology?
    31. 31. “I love teaching this way: Challenge students in a meaningful way. Demand results. Facilitate failure en route to success. Foster a classroom environment where collaboration, communication, and risk-taking are highly valued. Connect to content. Get out of the way of the learning.”
    32. 32. Prepare teachers byintroducing them tochallenge basedlearning in aprofessionaldevelopment orworkshop setting 39
    33. 33. Frame the challengein ways that deeplyinvolve the students,and make it real. 40
    34. 34. Allow time. Teachersneed planning andpreparation time;students needenough time tocomplete ameaningful solution 41
    35. 35. Ensure students havethe opportunity to acton their solutions 42
    36. 36. Form workgroupswith an eye towardthe realities of groupdynamics 43
    37. 37. Build 21st CenturySkills into theproject right fromthe start 44
    38. 38. Practice, iterate,and improve theprocess 45
    39. 39. Getting Started
    40. 40.
    41. 41. 1. 3.
    42. 42. Take Action andMake a