A look at Challenge Based Learning…

The Innovation Equation Leveraging the Talents of Children to Solve Community Problems .  Produced by the City of Rock Hill for the Bloomberg Philanthropies Mayors Challenge.

Rock Hill Schools and the city of Rock Hill are partnering to leverage the talents of 800+ City employees, 17,400 student citizens and 1450 teachers and administrators to create viable solutions to community challenges.

In a world of decreasing budgets and demanding workloads,  such collaboration provides an opportunity for the City to accomplish tasks that would otherwise be overlooked while giving students real world opportunities to demonstrate learning. City employees at all staff levels and across all departments will gain leadership and mentorship experience, encouraging cross-generational dialogue around core community values.   Harnessing the power of a young and energetic workforce also gives us the chance to answer age-old questions with new solutions. With this fresh perspective, we can better plan for the future and create an entire generation of citizens who were instilled with the expectation that they can, and should, address the needs of their community.

So how does all of this tie in to iRock?  At the heart and soul of iRock is Challenge Based Learning.

Challenge Based Learning (CBL) is defined as 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.    With access to 21st century tools like the iPad, students have the ability to research, document, and produce solutions that are good in quality, good for the soul, and good for the world.

In 2012, a cohort of teachers at the elementary, middle, and high school levels will participate in extensive professional development around challenge based learning with the goal of implementing challenge based units of study in January.   We hope to document and showcase exceptional student work in early spring.