Welcome to Problem-Based Learning: Developing Technology Based Tasks

Research Questions:

General Question:What are the observed behaviors and reported experiences of 11th grade Algebra II students when implementing problem-based learning?

Specific Questions: What are the effects of problem-based learning on students' ability to think for themselves?

What are the effects of problem-based learning on students' understanding math's purpose?

What are the effects of problem-based learning on students' written communication skills?

Nature of Investigation

1. Create a virtual global network of educators and technology enthusiasts who are willing to share their perspectives and strategies regarding problem-based learning and to assist in my professional development as a technology-inclusive educator.
2. Investigate the question, "How do others approach Problemâ€“based learning?" and explore how other math educators answer this question.
3. Research Problem Based Learning practices and implementation strategies.
4. Develop 6 math-focused, real-world problems relying on the use of technology from the teaching and learning perspectives.
5. Create 6 lesson plans around the developed problems.
6. Read and respond to 3 key texts and a variety of professional journal articles.

Resources

1. Virtual, global network of technology and math enthusiasts and educators

Boss, S. & Krause, J. (2007). Revinventing project-based learning: Your field guide to real-world projects in the digital age. Washington, DC: International Society for Technology in Education.

Jonassen, D., Howland, J., Marra, R., & Crismond, D. (2008). Meaningful learning with technology (3rd ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education.

Ronis, D. (2008). Problem-Based Learning for Math & Science: Integrating Inquiry and the Internet (2nd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.

3. Various journal articles related to implementing problem-based learning and technology

Azer, S. A. (2009). Problem-Based Learning in the Fifth, Sixth, and Seventh Grades: Assessment of Students' Perceptions. Teaching and Teacher Education: An International Journal of Research and Studies, 25(8), 1033-1042.

Clarke, D., & Roche, A. (2009). Using Mathematical Tasks Built around "Real" Contexts: Opportunities and Challenges for Teachers and Students. Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 14(2), 24-31.

Kwon, O., Park, J., & Park, J. (2006). Cultivating Divergent Thinking in Mathematics through an Open-Ended Approach. Asia Pacific Education Review, 7(1), 51-61.

Ridlon, C. L. (2009). Learning Mathematics via a Problem-Centered Approach: A Two-Year Study. Mathematical Thinking and Learning: An International Journal, 11(4), 188-225

## Welcome to Problem-Based Learning: Developing Technology Based Tasks

## Research Questions:

General Question:What are the observed behaviors and reported experiences of 11th grade Algebra II students when implementing problem-based learning?Specific Questions:What are the effects of problem-based learning on students' ability to think for themselves?## What are the effects of problem-based learning on students' understanding math's purpose?

## What are the effects of problem-based learning on students' written communication skills?

## Nature of Investigation

1. Create a virtual global network of educators and technology enthusiasts who are willing to share their perspectives and strategies regarding problem-based learning and to assist in my professional development as a technology-inclusive educator.2. Investigate the question, "How do others approach Problemâ€“based learning?" and explore how other math educators answer this question.

3. Research Problem Based Learning practices and implementation strategies.

4. Develop 6 math-focused, real-world problems relying on the use of technology from the teaching and learning perspectives.

5. Create 6 lesson plans around the developed problems.

6. Read and respond to 3 key texts and a variety of professional journal articles.

## Resources

1. Virtual, global network of technology and math enthusiasts and educators2. Text:

Revinventing project-based learning: Your field guide to real-world projects in the digital age.Washington, DC: International Society for Technology in Education.Meaningful learning with technology(3rd ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education.Problem-Based Learning for Math & Science: Integrating Inquiry and the Internet(2nd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.3. Various journal articles related to implementing problem-based learning and technology

Teaching and Teacher Education: An International Journal of Research and Studies, 25(8), 1033-1042.Learning for the 21stcentury.Retrieved May 26, 2011, from http://www.p21.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=925&Itemid=185New Directions for Youth Development, volume 2006(110), p. 101-112.4. Wikispace used to communicate about ideas, websites, articles, and progress of assignments

5. Prentice Hall Algebra 2 textbook

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