The hot word in education right now is PBL, Project Based Learning.
Chungdahm Learning is taking the lead in Korea with this kind of teaching, with the launch of The Loudest Brain and its facilitated nationwide projects. The idea is that the company will generate some kind of PBL database that will showcase students and teachers ideas on the web. In turn, this will become a place where learners and instructors can go, to grow and learn from one another.
With the magic of the internet, group learning has become more accessible than ever before. With Chungdahm Learning being a smart learning platform, it seems only natural that the next step is to extend project learning beyond the classroom. It is now possible for a student in Seoul to speak to a student in Busan about their assignment, and similarly for instructors.
So... What is PBL?
PBL, Project Based Learning, is when students gain knowledge and materials for a project over an extended period of time. At CDL we utilize the smart classroom to enhance projects by facilitating a project learning environment. As instructors, we are encouraged to utilize as many tools as possible to help students build on various perspectives for their final output. For example, we will spend two lessons contrasting reading and listening perspectives on a topic and challenge the students to critically think about it.
Once instructors have assisted with sufficient research and discussion around the topic, we help students develop projects using various smart learning applications and teaching materials. At CDL, teachers are expected to proctor and assist groups while creatively developing their project ideas.
Finally, students present their project and ideas to the class. Students are encouraged to actively listen and give feedback on each others' projects. This can be verbal or written feedback, but usually a discussion should include suggestions on how to improve PBL's.
How do you get creative with PBL in the classroom?
At CDL we have a variety of instructors that incorporate all kinds of creativity in the smart classroom. The cool thing about working in an environment that is global and fast-paced, is that you get to learn new things all the time if you are willing to share your ideas with other instructors. At Songpa branch, we have instructors who love craft design, acting and playing an instrument. You can bring your passions to the classroom and let your students enjoy it too.
Most importantly you need some materials. It does not have to be expensive, but rather things that are useful. Such as paper, sticky tape, glue, scissors and colored pencils and markers. Other interesting things to add, would be chopsticks, plates, string, finger puppets and props. (glasses, hats, capes etc).
Then you need to research some fun Apps that can be utilized in the classroom. As of now, your students have access to Majisto, Flip-a-clip and Moviemaker. There are other Apps that can create posters and story images. Approach you TM (Team Manager) if you find something you like, and have the branch add it to your students tablets.
Examples of projects made in the classroom are: acting with facemasks, finger puppet shows, chopstick puppets acting, comic strips, animation videos, picture videos with voice-over and posters.
Tip: When pitching a project to the students, show them how much fun you are having. Naturally, they will follow and produce something unique. Model examples help and a clear outline for preparation.
What is The Loudest Brain?
The Loudest Brain is a website produced by Chungdahm Learning to promote project sharing across multiple platforms. This could be in the classroom or nationwide among teachers and students.
The idea is to have access to a network of material that can be utilized within a smart classroom. It showcases how instructors and students create projects and how we can grow and learn from one another. The benefits for teachers is that you can get ideas that you would not initially have thought of.
The website also has useful information for topics discussed in class, and model examples of essay writing.
It is no surprise that Tijana Huysamen, a South African born Capetownian, avid traveler and travel journalist, fell in love with South Korea and its people. After Tijana arrived in South Korea in 2010, she had the opportunity to live in the heart of the Korean countryside. During her time spent in Chungnam province she learned to speak Korean, prepare Korean food and experience the humble nature of the countryside people. After a year break in New York, Tijana jumped at the opportunity to return to Korea again, and is currently working at the CDI Jamsil Branch, in Jamsil, Seoul. Read Tijana’s Aclipse blog to gain a unique perspective on Korea and her shared experiences and adventures both in a major city and in the countryside. Follow Tijana on Twitter @TeeAnni or email firstname.lastname@example.org to request more information on teaching in Korea!