“Being able to communicate with children around the world via Lync has been an invaluable experience, and the prospect of this expanding even further around the globe as part of the Global Enterprise Challenge is extremely exciting.” – Jayne Charlton, UK
Project-based learning (PBL) is a frequent topic of discussion here at Daily Edventures – and for good reason. For many of the educators we talk with, PBL not only helps enhance the critical 21st century skills of creativity, communication, collaboration and critical thinking, it builds self-confidence.
For educator Jayne Charlton – one of the three teachers from Broadclyst Community Primary School whom we are featuring this week – PBL is at the core of everything in her classroom. This is Charlton’s second year of working on the Global Enterprise Challenge, and she has seen first-hand how the GEC can make a profound difference in the lives and self-esteem of her students.
“I have felt proud nearly every day of my teaching career so far,” says Charlton. “However, witnessing children overcome their fears, be it completing a high ropes course while on a residential trip, or playing a role in the Christmas carol concert has to be a personal highlight. Seeing children feel happy that they have achieved their goals and celebrating this with families and friends is any teacher’s dream.”
Registration for the GEC closes on September 30th. Give your students the opportunity to take part in this global PBL project where they’ll communicate and collaborate, not only within their team, but with other teams from around the world – all with the goal of building an international company.
Enjoy today’s Daily Edventure with Jayne Charlton!
Please tell us the story of what inspired you to become an educator. Can you think of a particular moment in your life when you realized education was the right field for you?
As a child, I always enjoyed school and would volunteer to help the teachers whenever I could. Having lots of amazing nieces and nephews prepared me with the skills to manage children, too. I soon realized that I had a passion for learning new things and sharing my experiences with others; teaching was a clear path for me and I am enjoying every minute of it!
Why do you feel passionate about innovation and technology in the classroom? Can you share a particular instance in which technology helped transform the work of your students?
The communication possibilities that are harnessed by many Microsoft products have revolutionized group work within the classroom. Whether it’s keeping up to date with teammates via email, sharing documents via Office 365 or working collaboratively on One Note, groups can share ideas and research at the click of a button. Being able to communicate with children around the world via Lync has been an invaluable experience and the prospect of this expanding even further around the globe as part of the Global Enterprise Challenge is extremely exciting.
Whether it’s a day-to-day challenge or larger problem, what’s the biggest obstacle you or your country or region has had to overcome, or will have to overcome, to ensure a quality education for students?
I believe that the biggest obstacle our country needs to overcome is fair access to technology. Although many children are privileged and have fantastic ICT opportunities in school, there are pockets of the wider community in which children cannot access the engaging resources needed to fully prepare them for life in the 21st century. With daily life becoming more reliant on the Internet and many future jobs likely to be based on ICT, this is an area which surely needs addressing.
In terms of education innovation, what are you most excited about for the future? What is your biggest hope for today’s students?
I am most excited about the prospect of children becoming familiar with the language of computer coding. Giving children the skills to create their own games, on platforms such as Kodu, will be a great starting point to creating more complex programs and even apps in the future.
About Jayne Charlton
Educator, Broadclyst Community Primary School
- Birthplace: Exeter, Devon
- Educational background: Degree in Primary Teacher Education from Oxford Brookes University.
- Website I check every day: YouTube
- Favorite book: Charlie_and_the_Chocolate_Factory by Roald Dahl
- Favorite Microsoft product, tool, technology: Microsoft Surfaces have been the most engaging and versatile tool that I have used in my teaching career so far. They have allowed learning to happen in a range of exciting contexts with the use of a variety of great software and apps.
- What is the best advice you have ever received? Failing to prepare is preparing to fail!