Project Based Learning, PBL, is an important instructional component of Chungdahm Learning’s curriculum. Chungdahm’s smart classrooms provide the technology tools to connect students ideas and projects nationally. Loudestbrain, Chungdahm’s brain child, challenges students to participate in national PBL competitions and school-branch level collaborations.
What is PBL?
PBL helps students build skills that are valuable and useful in today’s world. It is a specific teaching method that focuses on topics and issues over an extended period of time. It leads students to think in an analytical and critical way, that gives them the key skills comprehension and knowledge acquisition. It also gives students a voice and an inquisitive mind.
Project Based Learning is a key instructional approach at the company right now. Project Based Learning takes students’ learning to the next level . Students learn within the context of a project where they address a key question or real problem and showcase their learning through their work. Chungdahm’s smart learning provides students with the tools to create high quality work products to demonstrate their learning and to show these work project online. Chungdahm’s network also allows students to share their projects, ideas and concepts online with peers at their branch or branches around the country.
Classroom tablets give students endless possibilities for work project creation and the different project tools are used to demonstrate learning outcomes. Students can create videos, s-note posters, comic strips and digital images. Teachers can also download interesting apps that allow students to produce high quality work. For instance, just this past week I taught my students how to use the app, WeVideo, in which they created movie trailers using the apps various functions.
PBL is a fantastic forum for students to practice their English with one another in a real-life situation. PBL requires students to think creatively and transfer those ideas, in English, to their project members. This leads students to better comprehension and verbal expression. Thinking in the language they are speaking, creates a natural communication environment. This is one aspect I love about Chungdahm, as I can see how powerful and important it is to speak a language naturally within an ESL classroom.
What is the Loudestbrain?
The Loudestbrain is a smart learning network created by Chungdahm. Loudestbrain connects students and teachers at Chungdahm via an online platform. Chungdahm has at least 300 schools throughout Korea, and with Loudestbrain and smart classrooms, teachers are able to share media and projects nationally.
Currently, the Loudest brain is being used to share students projects weekly, and showcase their creativity and ideas with other students. Through a shared-learning network students can engage and learn from one-another. For example, a student from Seoul can engage with a student from Busan and they can bounce ideas off each other. Teachers also share with other teachers. Teachers upload media such as videos, images and media cards and share project ideas, so that other teachers can use the materials in their classrooms.
Branch PBL projects
Chungdahm branches are doing different things to create a PBL environment. At the Jamsil Branch where I work, we recently held a branch competition for the best V1 Movie Poster or Movie Trailer. Each V1 teacher was responsible for motivating their class to win a Week 9 Pizza Party!
The main objective of the competition was to motivate students to make use of their collaborative learning skills by focusing on group work and creativity. The project focused on V1 class, which is a class based on a novel that the students are reading. The students had to collectively choose their favorite scenes and characters from the book, and then produce a project using their knowledge gained from class from weeks 1-7.
I started prepping my students on the projects about 2 weeks ago, and put them into groups for the Movie Trailer and Movie Poster. Each team was assigned a team leader who delegated students to do different tasks. During class this week, the students brought props, practice pieces, and acting clothes to class. I supplied chopsticks, color pencils, stationary and an extra pair of hands.
The overall project outcome was impressive and I was proud of my students for how involved they got in the projects production. The kids had a lot of fun and enjoyed producing projects. They were also able to learn new skills such as video producing and script writing from. As a teacher, it is the most rewarding feeling to see your students utilize what you taught them and experience their joy that they got from the material.
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 email@example.com to request more information on teaching in Korea!