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Challenge Based Learning

Today’s school curriculum presents students with assignments that lack a real-world context and activities that lead to uninspired projects and end in a letter grade. Many students either learn to do just enough to get by or they lose interest and drop out. In this interconnected world, with ubiquitous access to powerful technology and access to a worldwide community, new models of teaching and learning are possible.

The Challenge Based Learning process begins with a big idea and cascades to the following: an essential question, a challenge, guiding questions, activities, resources, determining and articulating the solution, taking action by implementing the solution, reflection, assessment, and publishing.

Published by Apple in 2008


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Curriculum Information For Resource

Snapshot
Grade Level(s):All
Curriculum Areas:Professional Development
Education
Themes/Keywords: Authentic Learning
Creativity
Curriculum
Learning Styles
Multidisciplinary
Project Based Learning


Essential Question(s)
1. Connecting students to real-life issues and situations will making learning meaningful. How can you connect your students in what they are learning to what is happening in the world

Discussion Question(s)
1. Have you asked your students about what they are interested in or what bothers them about what is going on in the world?

Extension and Activities
1. Pick something that is in the news right now. Connect your lesson to that news item using resources on the internet.


"I used My eCoach for a few years as my classroom website and for surveys and quizzes.

Two years ago, the district asked us to learn to use moodle because it is linked to student's grades, etc... At first, the moodle class page was separate, but needed to be accessed by student username and password. Many students forgot passwords or changed them or couldn't get on because of other reasons. This year there is a link within the students portal site to a moodle classroom page. (They still need their username and password.) This link was not to the webpage I had made earlier, but to a new one. I switched all the information over to the new because I was told the parents would be able to access it from their portal site, also. This was not true. I then switched back to My eCoach and found it so easy to use!

The parents and students both can keep up with assignments because they do not need to remember passwords! This past week, I put together an online test in portal-moodle because I was told it would grade the test and link the grade to my gradebook. What a disaster! The transferred grade was not correct and I am dealing with many e-mails from students who could not submit their finished tests. I believe I will try the on-line quiz in My eCoach next time and just copy over the grade.

I am still only using a small portion of what is available in ecoach, but am looking forward to trying all the new things that Barbara and her team have developed over the past year or so."


Susan Brown
High School Science Teacher
Osceola High School - Pinellas, Florida






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