Project Based Learning Provides A multiple entry point strategy and varied and multiple possible solutions A focus on universal challenges with local solutions An authentic connection with multiple disciplines An opportunity to develop 21st century skills The purposeful use of Web 2.0 tools for organizing, collaborating, and publishing Challenge-Based Learning: An Approach for Our Time – A Research Report from The New Media Consortium http://ali.apple.com/cbl/index.html
Project Based Learning Provides The opportunity for students to do something rather than just learn about something The documentation of the learning experience from challenge to solution 24/7 access to up-to-date technology tools and resources so students can do their work Challenge-Based Learning: An Approach for Our Time – A Research Report from The New Media Consortium http://ali.apple.com/cbl/index.html
Five Minds for the Future Gardner, Howard. (2007). Five minds for the future. Boston: Harvard Business School Press. Disciplined mastery of key subjects Creating beyond existing knowledge and syntheses to pose new questions Respectful seeking to understand differences Ethical striving toward good work and good citizenship Synthesizing arraying information to make sense to self and others
21 st Century Skills http://www.21stcenturyskills.org
generated by the students, these questions represent the knowledge students need to discover to successfully meet the challenge
How do we use water?
How much do we use?
How is water wasted?
How can water be conserved?
Guiding Activities lessons, simulations, games, and other types of activities to help students answer the guiding questions and set the foundation for them to develop innovative, insightful, and realistic solutions Example – Calculate Your Individual Water Footprint
Guiding Resources focused set of resources can include podcasts, websites, videos, databases, experts, and so on that support the activities and assist students with developing a solution Example - WaterSense Quiz from the Environmental Protection Agency’ www.epa.gov/watersense/water/text.htm
Solution(s) each solution should be thoughtful, concrete, actionable , clearly articulated, and presented in a publishable multimedia format
Assessment solution can be assessed for its connection to the challenge, accuracy of the content, clarity of communication, applicability for implementation, and efficacy of the idea the process that the individuals as well as teams went through in getting to a solution can also be assessed, capturing the development of 21st century skills
Publishing students are encouraged to publish their results online, soliciting feedback
Exemplar – Energy Big Idea = Energy Essential Question = What is the impact of my fossil fuel consumption? Challenge = Reduce your family’s fossil fuel consumption. http://ali.apple.com/cbl/challenges/sustainability/energy.html
Energy Guiding Questions = What is a fossil fuel? Where does my family use fossil fuels? What is made from fossil fuels? How much gas does my family use in one week? What are the alternatives to fossil fuels? http://ali.apple.com/cbl/challenges/sustainability/energy.html
Energy Guiding Activities = Learn About Fossil Fuels Students research and develop a clear definition of fossil fuels. How Much Fossil Fuel Do You Own? Students create a list of products that have fossil fuels in them. They do an inventory of all the items in their homes that contain fossil fuel and investigate alternatives to these items. http://ali.apple.com/cbl/challenges/sustainability/energy.html
Energy Guiding Resources = Energy Story: Fossil Fuels—Coal, Oil and Natural Gas The California Energy Commission provides an overview of fossil fuels. www.energyquest.ca.gov/story/chapter08.html Energy Efficiency The Energy Information Administration provides information for students about energy consumption and efficiency. www.eia.doe.gov/kids/energyfacts/saving/efficiency/savingenergy_secondary.html http://ali.apple.com/cbl/challenges/sustainability/energy.html
www.flatclassroomproject.net The Flat Classroom™ Project is a global collaborative project that joins together middle and senior high school students. This project is part of the emerging tend in internationally-aware schools to embrace a holistic and constructivist educational approach to work collaboratively with others around the world in order to create students who are competitive and globally-minded. One of the main goals of the project is to 'flatten' or lower the classroom walls so that instead of each class working isolated and alone, 2 or more classes are joined virtually to become one large classroom.
www.digiteen.org In some ways, Digiteen™ is 21st Century Character Education! Students (typically Grade 7-9, 12-16 year old) are introduced to information through a series of videos selected by their school, research current digital citizenship trends and news and compile a collaborative report with other students around the world, and make fact based recommendations in their offline action project at their local school to promote safe, appropriate online behaviors.
www.eracismproject.org This project bridges the divide between culture, schools, countries, and even bandwidth by providing low-bandwidth methods for participants. This is a middle school debate project promoting cultural understanding.
Students will study the current research and create wiki-reports with their student partners around the world analyzing current trends and projecting future happenings based upon this collaborative analysis.
After compiling their wiki reports based upon current research, and encouraged by "expert advisors" (subject matter experts in the industry), students will then create a video in one of two strands.
Video strand I competition will be the NetGenEd Challenge where students are asked to envision the future of education based upon current global technological trends.
Video Strand II Competition is the Macrowikinomics Challenge where students envision the future of global social action based upon their research in current global technological trends.
How will the process be assessed? How will the solution be assessed?
Process Collaboration (in-person & virtual) Organization (ideas & materials) Time Management (planning) Adequate Distribution of Tasks