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Solving Wicked Problems

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Video from Steve Nixon YouTube Channel

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We teach and learn to make a better decision and solve problems in our daily life. Most of real-world problems are not like math problems, however. What does a real-world problem look like? How can we teach students to deal with it? Let’s look at this video that introduces a way to deal with wicked problems. Start to think about how to integrate technology to support student problem solving.

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1. How can we design meaningful learning experiences that support studnet problem solving? Though we often emphasize the importance of problem centered learning environments, it is hard to find a comprehensive approach to designing such environments. Here is one rare case—Dr. David Jonassen’s recent book, “Learning to Solve Problems: A Handbook for Designing Problem-Solving.” In this book, Dr. Jonassen shares the gist of his over 10 years of research and development expereinces in efforts to design problem centered learning environments. If you are interested, you may want to read this book review. 2. Here are several teaching models (tools): (1) Case based learning: Students are provided with richly contexualized stories as problems or exmples they can refer to during problem solving. See this chapter about case based learning. (2) Argumentation (Showing Evidence Tool) : there are several thinking strategies required to solve problems. Argumentation is one of the examples. Students are asked to support their thinking (solutions) with evidence. Intel provides this online tool to support student thinking process. It should be noted that critical evaluation of evidence source is important in building pursuasive argumnets. (3) WebQuest:  Students are asked to work collaboratively to answer a question or solve a problem and then present the answer or solution in a technology-supported format. You can find many examples of WebQuests at the WebQuest page maintained by Dr. Bernie Dodge from San Diego State University. Dr. Dodge is the creator of WebQuests and WebQuests have been around for over 10 years. It should be noted prompts and questions are meaningful teaching tools in supporting WebQuest process. (4) I-search: I-search is an approach to research that builds on student interests and facilitates students' reflective and self-regulated information searching. Read more about I-search process and the paper format.
So, what does this have to do with technology integration? Let's delve deeper into this question for the rest of this week.
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