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What is Experiential Learning?
Learning beyond the classroom.
Today's students need learning that extends beyond the classroom. School-work programs expand students' learning by helping them:
understand more about the industries they may want to pursue in the future
get exposed to career options in industries they may not have known about or even considered
develop essential workplace skills
see how their in-class learning can be applied in the workplace
make more informed decisions about their education and career path so they make a successful transition into the job market.
Giving students the chance to explore different career options and build their skills will help them prepare for the jobs of tomorrow.
In addition to work-school experiences student can also be provided with experiential learning opportunities through global projects that allow them to connect with the world and learn from and with others across the globe.
Community-connected experiential learning is an approach to student learning that provides students with opportunities to participate actively in experiences connected to a community outside of school (local, national, or global); reflect on those experiences to derive meaning from them; and apply their learning to their decisions and actions in various aspects of their lives. See
Draft Community Connected Experiential Learning framework
The experiential learning cycle begins with the student’s immersion in an experience. That is, the student is an active participant in the experience, not merely an observer of it. Secondly, the student thinks about and/or analyses (reflects upon) the experience, both during the experience and after it, to make meaning from it and identify what has been learned. It is through a structured reflective process that students develop new skills, new attitudes, and new ways of thinking (Lewis & Williams, 1994). Finally, the student applies the learning by using the newly acquired knowledge and/or skills to inform current and future decisions and actions.
A SHSM is a ministry-approved specialized program that allows grade 11 and 12 students to focus their learning on a specific sector while meeting the requirements to graduate from secondary school. It also assists in their transition after graduation to apprenticeship training, college, university or the workplace.
Video Overview from Peel DSB of Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM)
Connecting in and with the World
Global projects connect teachers and students around the world to learn about each other and to explore meaningful and relevant issues and ideas. Through participation in technology enabled global projects, students develop competencies, connect with curriculum in transformative ways, and develop as digital citizens.
"We will strengthen our province and our country by teaching our
young people to look past differences and seek commonality, and to
appreciate and understand the global perspectives they will need
to succeed in our diverse and interconnected world"ONTARIO’S STRATEGY FOR K–12 INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION
Ways to connect
Many districts are involved with developing global connections. Below are just some of the global connection projects that educators are engaged in.
The Digital Human Library
Experts around the world are virtually sharing their educational programs, knowledge, skills and experiences with students to help enrich classroom programs and provide support for teachers.
International Educator And Resource Network - iEARN.org
iEARN is a non-profit organization made up of over 30,000 schools and youth organizations in more than 140 countries. iEARN empowers teachers and young people to work together online using the Internet and other new communications technologies. Over 2,000,000 students each day are engaged in collaborative project work worldwide.
Since 1988, iEARN has pioneered on-line school linkages to enable students to engage in meaningful educational projects with peers in their countries and around the world.
Crafting Reconciliation Project
Ontario teachers Jaclyn Calder (Simcoe County DSB) and Julie Balen (Wikwemikong First Nation School) connected students across Canada to answer two questions, the first one was to respond to a challenge from Wab Kinew:
Challenge Based Learning
Lambton Kent District School Board explores Apple Challenge Based Learning approach to inquiry focused on solving real-world problems. Here’s how one primary teacher, Jennifer Kranenburg transformed her classroom with global and community connections.(Tedx Chatham Kent)Global Dignity Day
Global Dignity (GD) (www.globaldignity.org) is an independent, international, non-political and non-partisan organization focused on empowering individuals with the concept that every human being has the universal right to lead a dignified life. It is celebrated every year in October and now has over 500,000 participants in 60 countries around the world.
Global Dignity Day