Archive for November, 2010

Exercise: Looking into the Future

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

Have students make a list of things that they use now, then have them start reducing the list for things they believe will be around in 1 year, 5 years, 10 years, 25 years, 50 years and 100 years. Items could be products, brands, places or characteristics of something (eg, touch screen computers).

To provide a background for this exercise, students could research how long something has lasted before (eg, how long did a brand survive?)

Challenge-Based Learning (Apple)

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

1. The Big Idea

Every challenge starts with the selection of a big idea — a broad topic that has importance to students and their community. Topics like democracy, the environment, or sustainability. Using Safari on a Mac, students can browse the web to quickly define and better understand their big idea. Let’s use food as an example.

2. Essential Questions

Students explore their big idea by asking questions that reflect their individual interests and community’s needs. How does food impact our health? How do our diets impact the environment? What are the benefits of organic farming? A simple way for students to keep their questions organized is with Pages. This streamlined word processor and page layout tool is included in iWork — a powerful suite of applications for creating amazing documents, spreadsheets, and presentations.

3. The Challenge

From the essential questions a challenge is developed to guide students toward a real-world solution. Like, let’s improve what we eat. Snow Leopard Server can help students collaborate and communicate throughout the challenge by ensuring safe and secure access to email, chat, calendars, wikis, blogs, and more. Documenting the process is also key. With iPod touch or iPhone 4, students can record audio and shoot HD video of themselves in action and on the go.

4. Guiding Questions and Activities

To meet their challenge, students need to ask guiding questions. What exactly do we eat? What nutrients do we need? What foods can we grow locally? To find answers, teachers work with students to identify guiding activities they can do at school and in their community. Students can interview people about their diets via FaceTime* and analyze nutritional data in Numbers — the easy-to-use application for creating spreadsheets included in iWork.

5. Guiding Resources

Students take advantage of websites, podcasts, apps, audiobooks, and other resources to help answer guiding questions and develop solutions. iTunes U provides instant access to some of the world’s best thinking for free — including lectures, videos, and articles from hundreds of distinguished universities, libraries, museums, and news organizations. And with iPad, they can find what they need anytime, anywhere.

6. Solutions and Presentations

With their research complete, students choose one solution to develop. In this example, creating a school garden. To showcase their thinking, they can build engaging slideshows in Keynote — the presentation application in iWork. Once the solution is approved, students implement it in the real world. The challenge is now complete and can be shared via a video made in iMovie or a website built in iWeb — apps included in iLife, the creativity suite that comes with every Mac. At the end of each challenge, students reflect on the entire process to help deepen their learning and enrich future projects.

Challenge Based Learning white paper

Learning with Apple: Challenge Based Learning

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

Tuesday, November 30 2010 10:00AM to 11:30AMAdd to iCal

During this online session you will learn about Challenge Based Learning, an engaging multidisciplinary approach to teaching and learning that encourages students to leverage the technology they use in their daily lives to solve real-world problems.

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, reflect on their impact, share the experience, and enter into a global discussion about important issues. During this online session you will learn about Challenge Based Learning, and hear from practitioners who have successfully implemented Challenge Based Learning.


This event is intended for both K12 and HiED faculty, site or department level administrators, curriculum directors, deans, department chairs, curriculum and instructional technology departments, and faculty and staff from career and technical education programs.