For this week’s MIEE TV blog post, we are going to look at a theme we touched upon last week in our regular blog updates, and that is Project Based Learning. For those of you who follow @ukedchat on Twitter and regularly participate in the hour long live discussions (every Thursday at 8pm - #ukedchat), you will have seen that last week the theme was Project Based Learning, with the discussion revolving how technology can play a part in PBL, and how teachers should approach the concept in general, so that the students can get the most out of it. Our blog about the PBL #ukedchat can be found here:
Today we’re going to continue that theme, but looking at how our Expert Educators are using Project Based Learning, and in particular, the Global Enterprise Challenge, in the classroom. This story actually begins at last year’s Global Forum in Barcelona, when Jonathan Bishop, head teacher at Broadclyst Community Primary School, pitched the idea to bring students together from around the world to collaborate and create, all while learning the ins and outs of running a business.
The competition ran for the first time during the 2014-15 academic year, and included 1,500 students from 32 schools, spanning 20 countries. The objective was to then run a number of international companies, each with regional offices/teams. Their start-up funding from the Microsoft award was £30 (€40/$50) per team, £30 (€400/$500) per school, and with that investment the teams had to develop, produce and market their products, take them to Dragons’ Den style pitch situation, and ultimately compete with each other to become the most successful company globally.
During BETT 2015 earlier this year, Microsoft Expert Educator Anthony Lees was on our stand, talking about Broadclyst’s involvement in the Global Enterprise Challenge, going into detail about how through using Office 365 as the framework for the project in all schools, the students were able to not just communicate, but actively collaborate and with others all over the world to deliver tangible results. As part of his Theatre Session during BETT, Anthony would hold a Skype for Business call with Matthew Pitts – another teacher at Broadclyst – to talk about the ways in which the students got involved in the project, and how it improved their learning and output in general.
Speaking of the positive learning outcomes of project based learning, Matthew said:
"[collaboration through project based learning]… allows children to produce work of a quality that is probably higher than they could produce on their own, which is the definition of what project based learning should be. Office 365 has really supported with that."
Anthony’s BETT 2015 Microsoft Theatre session all about project based learning and the Global Enterprise Challenge is on the MIEE TV YouTube Channel, and can also be watched below:
A few weeks ago, at Microsoft's Global Forum for Education, E2, the winning GEC team for 2015, R.N. Podar School, Mumbai, were presented with their trophy and certificates. They also had the chance to meet Jonathan Bishop, and also Anthony Salcito, VP of Worldwide Education for Microsoft. Jonathan was recently featured on Anthony’s Daily Edventures blog, and you can read the post here:
Registration for the 2015-2016 competition is now open, so for more information and to find out how to get involved, please visit Global Enterprise Challenge.