Today I attended a Mac1 Australia workshop by Marco Torres- Ignite, Engage, Inspire at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.
What I learnt:
I saw many links and similarities between CBL and Inquiry learning but the emphasis of CBL being on the challenge and taking action, making a difference and using 21st century tools to solve problems and challenges and connecting globally.
“Challenge Based Learning is collaborative and hands-on, asking students to work with other students, their teachers, and experts in their communities and around the world to develop deeper knowledge of the subjects students are studying, accept and solve challenges, take action, share their experience, and enter into a global discussion about important issues.”
Challenge Based Learning: The process- Big Idea, essential questions, the challenge, guiding questions- activities and resources, solution, implementation, evaluation, documentation, reflection assessment.
Some key reflective questions Marco posed were-
When was the last time your students or other teachers watched you learn?
Is just knowing the answers going to help you in this digital age?
What kinds of questions are we asking?
Is knowing the right answer enough?
What are we doing in schools to get kids to come up with the ideas?
Do schools measure learning or measure knowing?
Why are we asking questions that students can just look up?
Macro discussed the difference between the product and the process- where technology is the process of how we solve problems and challenges and should not be the product of our learning. The product is the new knowledge and the solved problems and challenges, technology just helps us to get there.
What a great afternoon of thinking, learning and reflecting. I am looking forward to implementing some CBL in my classroom!