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Air Mobility officer tries to spark revolution, one video at a time - Belleville News Democrat

Air Mobility officer tries to spark revolution, one video at a time - Belleville News Democrat | Learning by Solving Problems | Scoop.it
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"Andragogy is very learner-centric rather than instructor-centric, and it's very much problem-solving and collaborative-based," Lilley said.
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The Flipped Classroom

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What is the Flipped Classroom?

 

To define what the flipped classroom is first let’s consider traditional teaching methods where the teacher gives a student a task, for example, reading a chapter of a book. This would then be discussed the next day in class and then the student would be given an assignment based on the knowledge that they had gained.

The flipped classroom simply changes the order of how things are done, putting the emphasis on student centred learning. For example, initially the student is given access to learning material, such as bite size video clips. In the next classroom / lecture session, the student would then be given tasks based on what they had learned by studying the videos. The tutor would spend the time facilitating and giving support when needed. The idea behind the flipped classroom is to encourage peer to peer learning, problem based learning and the discussions that ensue between students during the lesson that are thought to contribute to deeper learning.


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The Ultimate Education Reform: Messy Learning & Problem Solving

The Ultimate Education Reform: Messy Learning & Problem Solving | Learning by Solving Problems | Scoop.it

By Tim Holt

 

"Problems like the ones I’ve mentioned above are called “messy problem” by some educators and “ill-structured problems” by others. Messy problems have no single, certifiably correct answer. There is no “one right way” to solve a problem like “should I get married” or “what should I study in college?” The answer is the goal, but the answer can manifest itself in many correct ways and lead to a lot of unexpected learning along the way. Ambiguity envelopes us. It begins at birth and follows us through to the last days of our lives. Start to finish, life is messy.

 

"I love ill-structured problems. When offered in a classroom setting, they present students with real life situations and devilish dilemmas. Problem based learning, a methodology begun in the late 1960’s in medical schools in Canada (and expanded into K12 education in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s) was developed after medical experts in teaching hospitals could not understand why otherwise excellent interns froze up when real life humans were placed in front of them with real life problems (there might even be panic and bleeding).

 

"After long investigation, if became clear to instructors that while the students were “book smart” and could recite page after page of diagnostic information from memory, most patients did not present their symptoms in a way that matched the book: “You know Doc, my elbow hurts just like the description on page 354 of the Jensen Ortho text,” said no patient ever.

 

"We need to move away from the pedagogy of the single answer and move towards teaching the messy problems of Problem Based Learning. This is different than Project Based Learning (as I wrote about here), where the end goal is already known (and thus a single correct answer is reached in many cases). Life does not work so much like a project; human development is pretty much Problem Based Learning. The best outcome or solution is usually not known when the problem is presented. Sometimes it is, but not often."


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Julie Hall Huber's curator insight, May 22, 2013 4:49 PM

Excellent article that really lays out why PBL is important. Very easy read!

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Problem-Based Learning or Just Another Project? Use This Checklist to Find Out

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A few days ago I posted Amy Mayer's comparison between assigning projects and developing project-based learning in the classroom. Due to its immense popularity, I decided to do some more research o...

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Mary Perfitt-Nelson's curator insight, March 19, 2013 9:57 PM

A great way to turn a project into one with purpose, meaning and deeper thinking.  

Mark E. Deschaine, PhD's curator insight, August 4, 2015 4:58 PM

A great way to turn a project into one with purpose, meaning and deeper thinking.  

Konstantinos Kalemis's curator insight, August 5, 2015 2:13 AM

A great way to turn a project into one with purpose, meaning and deeper thinking.  

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The 100 Best Web 2.0 Classroom Tools Chosen By You - Edudemic

The 100 Best Web 2.0 Classroom Tools Chosen By You - Edudemic | Learning by Solving Problems | Scoop.it
It's time for the annual mega-list of the best of the best tools for teachers. From A to Z, more than 900 resources were submitted and this is the final list. Do you know each of these tools?
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Group work advice for MOOC providers - by George Siemens

Group work advice for MOOC providers - by George Siemens | Learning by Solving Problems | Scoop.it

From the website

 

"The most valuable aspect of MOOCs is that the large number of learners enables the formation of sub-networks based on interested, geography, language, or some other attribute that draws individuals together. With 20 students in a class, limited options exist for forming sub-networks. When you have 5,000 students, new configurations are possible.

 

"The “new pedagogical models” (A Silicon Valley term meaning: we didn’t read the literature and still don’t realize that these findings are two, three, or more decades old) being discovered by MOOC providers supports what most academics and experienced teachers know about learning: it’s a social, active, and participatory process.

 

"The current MOOC providers have adopted a regressive pedagogy: small scale learning chunks reminiscent of the the heady days of cognitivism and military training. Ah, the 1960′s. What a great time to be a learner.

In order to move past this small chunk model of learning, MOOC providers will need to include problem based learning and group learning in their offerings. That won’t be easy. MOOCs have high dropout rates. Which means that if you’re assigned to a group of 10 learners, by the end of the course, you’ll be the only one left.

 

"The large MOOCs can improve the quality of learning by creating a model for rapid creation/dissolution of groups. If you have teenagers in your house (or if you are a gamer), you’re likely familiar with how groups form in many video games or virtual worlds. There are two extreme opposites: World of Warcraft involves highly cohesive social units where individuals spend long periods of time together in solving problems and engaging in quests. In contrast, Call of Duty has low social cohesion as groups are formed on the spot and once a player logs off, the group dissolve (yes, you can log in and play with friends in a more cohesive unit on CoD as well). The latter model is worth considering for MOOCs."


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Jim Lerman's curator insight, March 11, 2013 9:49 AM

Quite an important article for those considering the design of MOOCs.

Ana Cristina Pratas's comment, March 11, 2013 11:58 AM
Absolutely Jim!
Mark Gillingham's curator insight, March 12, 2013 3:56 PM

Thinking of using a MOOC for your students or yourself? Think about the limitations that are usual but not necessarily forced in the typical MOOC and break into groups. Although many drop out of MOOCs, many do because they didn't find a suitable group or didn't think to look for one. 

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White Paper: Project-Based vs. Problem-Based Learning: Which Is Better for the Common Core? > Eye On Education

White Paper: Project-Based vs. Problem-Based Learning: Which Is Better for the Common Core? > Eye On Education | Learning by Solving Problems | Scoop.it
The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) place an emphasis on process, not just content. Yes, teaching content knowledge is important, but it's even more important to teach the learning process, so students become independent learners who can obtain knowledge on their own.
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Students apply themselves to creating mobile apps - Daytona Beach News-Journal

Students apply themselves to creating mobile apps - Daytona Beach News-Journal | Learning by Solving Problems | Scoop.it
Students apply themselves to creating mobile apps
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But students sometimes create apps as part of their coursework, especially in the county's career academies, where project-based learning is par for the course.
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PBL in action ....
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Should I teach problem-, project-, or inquiry-based learning?

Should I teach problem-, project-, or inquiry-based learning? | Learning by Solving Problems | Scoop.it

"Lately, there have been a bunch of buzzwords floating around the education world that all seem to mean the same thing. You’ve probably heard them: problem-based learning, project-based learning and inquiry-based learning. Is there a difference? How will you know which one to do in your classroom?"


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Brad Reitzel's curator insight, July 5, 2014 8:43 AM

this is a very insightful article that helps lay out the similarities and differences between project based, inquiry based and problem based learning styles. a good read for anyone looking to try them, and understand the differences between them. 

Ignacio Sáenz de Miera's curator insight, November 6, 2014 5:03 AM

Muy útil esta referencia para poder orientarse en el campo de las metodologías procesuales.

Mrs. Reinagel's curator insight, August 4, 2015 11:32 AM

Are you looking for a cheat sheet to understand the differences between Problem-Based Learning, Project-Based Learning and Inquiry-Based Learning? This post will lend a hand. Each type of learning is given a definition, example, teaching tip, and where to go to get more information. 

If you are thinking of trying one of these types of learning and are not clear on which to choose this post may provide some insight to help you make your decision. Click through for more information.

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Inquiry and Problem Based Learning

This video inspires teachers to use problem-based and inquiry learning rather than the traditional styles of teaching. (RT @TechNinjaTodd: RT “@edtechchic: Teach them to think &; they'll be lifelong learners!
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How problem-based learning can help develop innovation skills

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How problem-based learning can help develop innovation skills
Written by: Tony Bates
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Problem-Based Learning and Gifted Students | Talent Talk

Problem-Based Learning and Gifted Students | Talent Talk | Learning by Solving Problems | Scoop.it
Grappling with questions is the essence of problem based learning and design thinking. Students are challenged with an open-ended problem—one that can be solved many different ways. Problems like this mirror real life.
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Problem-Based Learning and the Common Core

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This post is broken into a reflection and set of Resources (click here to skip to them).  I hope both are useful! Reflection: Problem-Based Learning in mathematics is really blossoming and reaching...

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ICS Learning Group: Understanding Problem-Based Learning


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Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, March 18, 2013 11:56 PM

PBL strategies can be used very effectively within the language learning class.

 

The traditional learning in the article needs to be redefined in reagrds to real world context because of the integrated learning taking place within todays classroom. For example, CLIL has features which can have attributes (when teaching STEM related material) of inquiry based learning approach.

 

 An adaptive PBL approach can build bridges between the gap of traditional PBL and Inquiry Based learning frameworks. 

 

Thank you Justin and Erik for sharing.

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Case Study: Reinventing a Public High School with Problem-Based Learning

Case Study: Reinventing a Public High School with Problem-Based Learning | Learning by Solving Problems | Scoop.it
Keep up to date with Edutopia's coverage as we follow the whole-school transformation of Sammamish High School, near Seattle -- from traditional delivery of instruction to completely problem-based learning.

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Lou Salza's curator insight, March 22, 2013 6:09 AM

Many thanks to Edutopia for following these projects. Finding and promoting models that work to transform public education--especially in our struggling high schools is imperative not only to address the needs of at risk populations of students--but to strengthen our soceity, our economy and our democracy.--Lou

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Creative Commons Announces “School of Open” with Courses to Focus on Digital Openness

Creative Commons Announces “School of Open” with Courses to Focus on Digital Openness | Learning by Solving Problems | Scoop.it
Just in time to celebrate Open Education Week, here comes a new initiative, the School of Open, a learning environment focused on increasing our understanding of “openness” and the benefits it brings to creativity and education in the digital age.
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"Isn't Problem Based Learning easier than Project Based Learning?" and 10 other myths about PrBL. ("Real or not real")

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About a year ago, I started advocating and pushing towards a Problem Based approach in mathematics, as opposed to a solely Project Based approach, which many/most of my peers currently employ. But ...

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What Are The Habits Of Mind?

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Problem-based learning and project-based learning provide a rich opportunity for students to deepen their knowledge, expand their repertoire of technical skills, and enhance their appreciation of thinking tools, processes and strategies.

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Ramping Up Technology for Your Next PBL Project | Edutopia

Ramping Up Technology for Your Next PBL Project | Edutopia | Learning by Solving Problems | Scoop.it
Edutopia blogger Andrew Miller, in another installment of our series about the PBL classroom, offers four suggestions for how to integrate technology.
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This is one of a series of articles from Edutopia on PBL.
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Concept Mapping as a Tool for Group Problem Solving

An animated presentation about concept mapping. Focuses on how groups can employ the technique as a tool for collaborative planning and problem solving. he presentation was first given at Swarthmore College's Staff Development Week on January 11, 2011.


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Becky Schivley Mather's comment, February 26, 2013 5:25 PM
PBL is a tremendously powerful strategy- but it is misunderstood and misused way too often! These articles should help clarify the concepts!
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Job-Rotation: The Secret Ingredient in Main-Course PBL Everyone ...

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“Group Work.” The very phrase sends groans through a classroom and shudders through every teacher bold enough to launch a “main-course” project-based learning experience for the first time. Students know--for sure--that ...
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Adult learning: What is authentic problem based learning - by Dr Pandula Siribaddana - Helium

In a traditional mode of education, the teacher would be considered the central point and he or she would be responsible for giving the knowledge ..., Dr Pandula Siribaddana (Adult learning: What is authentic problem based learning - Helium
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