Sunday, May 8, 2011

Apple now has a site dedicated to Challenge Based Learning

     When I attended an Apple Education Leadership conference a couple of months ago, there was a lot of talk about Challenge Based Learning (CBL). As a teacher in an IB school the concept is not at all unfamiliar, although the overall approach is slightly different. Essentially, CBL is all about inquiry based learning and getting students to work collaboratively to address real world problems. 

Here is how CBL is defined on the website: 
"Challenge Based Learning is 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, share their experience, and enter into a global discussion about important issues."

   The new Challenge Based Learning website by Apple is a great resource for educators who are interested in implementing challenge based learning into their classrooms. 

    The site includes explanations about the key components of challenged based learning as well as videos. It also includes valuable resources and information about how you can participate. 

     Of course Apple wants educators and students to use Apple technologies to implement Challenge Based Learning. Their Education site gives some examples of how you can use Apple products when doing CBL. 

If you would like to read more about Challenge Based learning, you may find the resources below useful: 

Problem based learning: An instructional model and its constructivist framework

The challenge of Problem Based Learning

Challenge Based Learning: An approach for our time