Start With Why - Shelley Wright
Four examples of pedagogical shift supported by a 1:1 learning environment
- Project-Based Learning - can be a curricular design, as well as, an instructional methodology. The final project is predetermined. Students can create oral, written, visual, or multimedia projects. These projects can / should be interdisciplinary, collaborative, and authentic. Projects address a central theme or question, often revolving around a school or community need. In a 1:1 setting, students have numerous choices and digital tools for presenting their learning to authentic, web-connected audiences. +Edutopia's Project-Based Professional Development Guide is an excellent PBL resource for educators. In addition, The Buck Institute for Education (BIE) has an excellent website full of helpful PBL resources. "Projects vs. Project Based Learning"
- Problem-Based Learning - is an instructional design and methodology in which students are presented with, or choose, an authentic problem to solve. Students will identify their current knowledge, identify what needs to be researched or investigated, and then apply the new learning to resolving the problem. Self-assessment and reflection are often included in the learning evaluation. (Why Problem Based Learning is Better, Tim Holt - PLP Network) As with project-based learning, problem-based assignments can be interdisciplinary, and collaborative. In a 1:1 learning environment, students can instantly obtain "real-time" information, and collaborate with experts outside the bounds of the conventional classroom. Once again, solutions are digitally published, or shared with authentic audiences. +IMSA's (Illinois Math & Science Academy) website is a wonderful collection of PBL resources.
- Inquiry-Based Learning - is an instructional methodology where students create and explore a question in-depth. Further questions are introduced in the student's quest for understanding. As with the PBL examples, Inquiry-Based Learning is student centered, motivating, and a bit messy. In a 1:1 learning environment, information is unlimited, and knowledge is shared with authentic audiences. Thirteen.org is a website dedicated to providing resources that support Inquiry-Based Learning.
- Challenge-Based Learning - emphasizes technology in a multidisciplinary, collaborative environment. Students use learning networks in the formation of globally challenging questions, research and investigation for deep understanding, and finally, the development of local action plan that addresses the original global issue. CBL is student-centered, focuses on authentic issues and solutions, and provides frequent opportunities for metacognition and reflection. Challenge Based Learning.org is an excellent starting point for learning more about this learning methodology. Here a Slideshare presentation that thoroughly explains CBL.
1:1 is not a curricular design nor an instructional methodology. 1:1 by itself - is not enough.