Teaching strategies come
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inquiry-based learning, interdisciplinary instruction, and technology
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Motivation, relevance and context, higher-order thinking, learning how
to learn, and authenticity describe problem-based learning. Essentially,
students are faced with a problem that is ill-structured, can change
with the addition of new information, is not solved easily, and doesn't
have a "right" answer.
This student-centered, learning-centered strategy puts the challenge
of discovering and learning on the student and puts the teacher in the
role of a facilitator who asks questions and offers some guidance in
order to minimize frustration.
An astounding amount of information
is available to educators via the Internet. Following are links that
have been successfully used by IPTV staff.
Center for Problem-Based
Are you curious as to what problem-based learning is? This is a great
site with clear explanations and many resources including training opportunities,
books, and videos.
Kids Make a Difference
This site provides examples of how kids make a difference through problem-based
learning examples. When students solve and share solutions to problems
that matter to them, they learn that knowledge and understanding has
value. They learn that they are part of a community and that they have
a stake in the world.
The book Problem-Based Learning: How to Get the Most Out of PBL by D.R.
Woods (1995) is the basis for this Web site. Explanations of PBL, the
problem solving process, group dynamics and PBL, and assessment are
PROBLARC- Problem Based
Learning Assessment and Research Centre
The University of Newcastle @ Australia has established PROBLARC to
coordinate the development of problem-based learning methodology, act
as a professional development centre, disseminate products, and support
research and disseminate the results of the research.
Queen's University, Kingston,
Problem-based learning has made its way into the School of Medicine.
View how medical schools are using this teaching strategy within their
curriculum to gain insight.
Schools of California
Online Resources for Education
This Web site looks at how to make effective problem solvers for the
Information Age. How can teachers foster problem solving ability? Resources,
lesson plans by grade level, standards, and several other options are
available. The focus in on social science, but many curricular areas
are included in the resources.
Problem Based Learning
Initiative -The Southern Illinois University School of Medicine
Another example of how a medical school is using problem-based learning.
University of Delaware
- Problem-Based Learning
Current information about how higher education is using problem-based
learning within their undergraduate programs. Check out the sample PBL
exercise "When Twins Marry."
An old adage states: "Tell me and I forget, show me and I remember,
involve me and I understand." This is the essence of inquiry-based
learning. Asking questions is natural for humans, especially children.
Inquiry-based learning uses this curiosity to facilitate learning.
As our world becomes more
face paced, with information available in a key stroke, children need
to learn how to discern information that is credible and serves their
purpose, then use that information to satisfy their curiosity. Learning
how to find and use information is becoming as important as learning
to read and compute basic facts mentally.
The following links have
been assessed by IPTV staff to be worth your time.
What is inquiry-based learning? How does it differ from the traditional
approach? These and many other questions are answers through text, video
transcripts, and a glossary of buzzwords within this Disney Learning
Connect Magazine is a journal supporting inquiry-based teaching and
learning. The March/April
2000 issue features six case studies written by teachers participating
in the Institute for Inquiry's Teacher Learning Group.
The Getty's Art Education
Our Place in the World within ArtsEdNet discusses how to use inquiry-based
learning in the art classroom. Lesson plans, thematic approach ideas,
assessments, and many other pieces are available at this site.
Developing Inquiring Communities in Education Project (DICEP) is a group
of educational practitioners and university-based researchers promoting
inquiry as a key mode of learning and teaching at all levels in education.
Their publications and papers provide you with valuable research.
The Center for Learning Technologies in Urban Schools
Biology Guided Inquiry Learning Environments (BGuILE) is a collaboration
project designed to bring the best of inquiry into middle and high school
biology classrooms. Check out the curricula link for a look at two curricula
units. BGuILE learning scenarios include hands-on discussion-based activities
integrated with software investigations of rich simulations and datasets.
SMSU College of Natural
and Applied Sciences
Southwest Missouri State University's College of Natural and Applied
Sciences has created this Web resource to share an overview of inquiry-based
learning, and the National Education Standards for Inquiry.
Integration has become a buzzword within education. Simply put, integration
is merging curricula or topics in order to study a topic within more
than one subject. Integrating technology into a classroom can pose its
own difficulties. Iowa Public Television has developed products to assist
with this integration. Additionally, these sites have been found to
be excellent sources of information.
College of Education,
University of Florida
of Florida College of Education has collected a resource list of Web
sites in the areas of Arts and Humanities, Professional Organizations,
Media and Resources, Math, Science, Social Students and Geography, Language
Arts and Literature, General Teacher Resources and several other categories.
Education World has articles about curriculum; distance learning; technology
use, planning, tools, and experts; keyboarding, projects and others.
Knowledgeable educational-technology professionals voluntarily contribute
to share their expertise and experience. "How Can We Eliminate
Roadblocks to the Information Highway?" appears at the link provided
and discusses technology integration.
Education World features
a second article "Incorporating Technology Into Classroom Curriculum."
Computers are here to stay, and several entities have established ways
to assist classroom teachers with the charge of using technology hardware
and software effectively and efficiently to enhance the curriculum.
The National Centre of
Technology in Education
The National Centre for Technology in Education is sponsoring the Schools
Integration Project. Find information about the project along with documents
for planning guidance.
The Institute for School
Preparing Today's Schools for Tomorrow's Challenges -- The Institute
for School Innovation is available to teachers and schools. Technology
intensified instruction at four grade level configurations makes this
a valuable source for ideas and examples.
Making learning more natural, meaningful, and less isolated by content
lines when appropriate is the premise behind interdisciplinary instruction.
Planning around a theme, piece of literature, or unit can lead students
on a journey of discovery through the core subject areas and the arts.
Educators know that the more times content is experienced the better
students understand. And when the content is presented from different
perspectives, the learning becomes deeper. When connecting topics across
the disciplines, focus on making connections that are logical, natural,
What does interdisciplinary instruction look like? What are the goals
and myths that are connected to interdisciplinary instruction? Why is
integrated learning effective? There are several ways to integrate learning
in your classroom. A group of students majoring in education look at
how teachers can integrate curricula in their classrooms. Links to good
Web sources are also available.
Core Knowledge Foundation
What are the pros and cons of interdisciplinary or thematic instruction?
The use of this model has become a philosophy for some - leaving behind
the division between content areas. When curriculum is taught this way,
how do you know the students comprehend the connections?
Tampa Bay Library Consortium
Interdisciplinary World Wide Web sites that offer resources for application
in the media center or classroom.
Why Not Interdisciplinary Instruction
"Why Not Interdisciplinary Instruction?" is an article that
highlights experiences with interdisciplinary instruction in a high
school setting. Guidelines, or words to the wise, are also shared.
Want to know more?
Find an article or articles to satisfy your curiosity at these sites.