With the tools of technology, the support of the Galileo Educational Network, and an inquiry-based model of learning, grade 10 classes took on the question: “What are the implications of living in a democratic society within a larger global context?” Working closely with a specialist in middle east politics from the University of Calgary, students examined democracy in light of the invasion of Iraq. The study culminated in a video conference where students from two different cities presented and defended their positions around this controversial topic. Follow the evolution of this inquiry through nine short video excerpts.
Galileo Educational Network creates, promotes and disseminates innovative teaching and learning practices through research, professional learning and fostering external collaborations. Galileo works with students, teachers and policy makers across Canada both onsite and online.
Galileo Educational Network Association (GENA) challenges educators to think and act beyond the familiar and conventional boundaries of our learning and teaching practices. GENA provides us with a sound, research-based, creative, and systematic approach to professional learning and development suited for practitioners who want to take an inquiry stance to their work. The “GENA factor” is for those who dare to critically examine – in collaboration with others in GENA’s rapidly growing community of reflective educators and their students – our current ways of thinking and doing, and to dramatically enhance, indeed, perhaps even to transform, our practice for the benefit of our students, ourselves, and the society that we serve.
For young people to thrive in highly flexible, changing environments, they need to have grown up in open and challenging environments that stimulate their ability to be creative and thoughtful. It is rare for such challenging learning environments to coexist within institutions driven by a time-clock or a mass of standard operating procedures.
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