Prework: Prepare the Problem to Solve
Instructor prepares by creating (or co-creating with students) a real and relevant problem to solve. Prepping the problem to solve requires asking the following questions:
- What information will my students learn?
- When will they need the new skills learned in the future?
- How might we use this knowledge to help our community?
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- Organize learners into groups of 3 or 4.
- Distribute materials per group- Smash?! Cards (+ optional Smash?! Guide.)
- Explain the SOS card for group use .
Each group receives one SOS card and are reminded to use the 3 before Me rule before requesting help from the instructor. If they use it, they lose it! This card is intended to encourage collaboration and critical-thinking.
Step 1: Identify the Problem
Learners are only attempting to understand the problem at this point, not solve it. It is also important to remind learners to record their responses in a location that is visible. Facilitator should read the quality of responses and offer suggestions as necessary (this is not a use of the SOS card).
Step 2: Research the Problem
Note that if learners have not been trained in how to properly search the internet then they should be given specific sources to perform research.
Step 3: Solve the Problem
Learners should be reminded that they are combining their knowledge of the problem and their research to now come up with a unique solution. They can be encouraged to sketch or wire-frame how their solution will work.
Step 4: Share Your Solution
Facilitator can provide an app or learners can use the spinner and creative app directory to select an application to explain the solution to the problem.
Advanced: spin the digital wheel twice and use both apps together to explain your solution to the problem.
Step 5: Reflect
Make sure link to explanation permissions are set properly so intended audience can access product. Learners should receive direct feedback on ways to improve their creative solution.