Getting students learning together…
The roots of problem-based learning can be traced to the progressive movement, especially to John Dewey’s belief that teachers should teach by appealing to students’ natural instincts to investigate and create. Dewey wrote that “the first approach to any subject in school, if thought is to be aroused and not words acquired, should be as unscholastic as possible.”
For Dewey, students’ experiences outside of school provide us with clues for how to adapt lessons based on what interests and engages them…
Problem Based Learning (PBL)…
Problem-based learning (PBL) allows students to focus on how and what they will learn. PBL is a student-centred, self-directed approach to learning that encourages self-efficacy and an intrinsic motivation for learning. Presented with a problem or unfamiliar situation students are required to determine for themselves how they will go about finding a resolution. Working independently or in small groups, students apply their prior knowledge, attempting to solve the problem.
Padlet is a free web application featuring a virtual wall where multiple users can post comments and media. For teaching and learning purposes, this can be useful to encourage collaboration and knowledge sharing around particular topics for face-to-face, online activities or both. Padlet can also be used for activities that usually require butcher’s paper or sticky notes, except the virtual wall can immediately gather and store valuable ideas for future reference.
- Works on any Internet enabled desktop, laptop, phone or tablet.
- No sign up required for students to use Padlet
- Instant view of other students posts
- The creator of the wall can monitor, move and delete posts.
- Students can only edit their own posts
- Privacy settings can restrict the wall to certain users
- Drag and drop documents from your desktop
- Add different media to your comments (e.g. podcasts, video, images and other docs)
- Layout posts in free form or vertical format (like blog posts)
- Copies of walls can be shared or exported in a variety formats or embedded in web-based content.