We're trying to find a new way to go about remote learning via a platform that enables teachers to put together virtual PBL.
Tell us about your idea
To find out more about Hackkl please visit https://www.educatorslab.io/skills-beyond-school
Hackkl is a platform where teachers can select an essential question and engage students in an online group project to answer that question. It's a platform that can measure the 4Cs (critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity) based on the online engagement of that student. You - the teacher - pick the challenge, students are divided into teams, and engage in virtual PBL. The result: skill building and meaningful online learning.
How this works: The teacher creates a PBL assignment and presents it via the Briefing Page. They provide a code for students to enter the challenge and then facilitate them throught the following process:
Briefing Phase (1 day): Students learn about the challenge and begin to brainstorm your own ideas.
Research Phase: Students connect with their virtual teams, dig into some data, or search the internet for inspiration to solve these challenges. This section is all about sharing knowledge.
Ideation Phase: Students make ideas their own and brainstorm what they could do to solve this challenge. They build off of each other’s ideas and explore potential opportunities to take action.
Solution Phase: Students propose an official solution. They define how exactly they’d like to take action by providing examples, making prototypes, creating videos, whatever's needed to make this idea as tangible as possible for their teammates.
Voting: Students vote on which idea they feel has the most potential and that they want to hand in to the teacher.
Planning: Time to make it happen! Students plan how to make their project come to life. They will think through the resources they need and the tasks that need to be completed and who will complete them. They will create a plan of action and work together to make it happen!
Debriefing Phase: The results of this challenge are published. Students are anonymous during this process (except to the teacher), so they will only know their score and be able to see everyone's projects. Teachers determine timing of each phase, but students can work at their own pace.
Tell us a little bit about yourself and what inspired you to share this idea.
Michelle and Mekca are both former teachers now working more in the professional development space. Michelle is the Founder of The Educators' Lab and Mekca is the Technology Director for Centerville School District. We're both interested in finding meaningful ways to go about remote learning. Hackkl is an orgnization based in Denmark that approached us with their platform to see if it might be a good fit for the K12 space. We've been piloting out the tool to see if it might be a viable way for teachers to conduct PBL online or their own 'OpenIDEO challenges'. Thus far, we've been impressed with the platform and how it can enable students to learn real-world skills and encourage learning in a dynamic way.