2007 - Climate Change and Energy Workshop - Korla - April 7-8
The facilitator workshop on April 7-8 focused on helping the four teacher leaders from the local schools and seven local volunteers prepare to facilitate the collaborative workshop that was to follow. (Only three or four of the
volunteers would be able to help with the collaborative workshop, it turned out.) Following a
safety briefing, participants became familiar with the details of the workshop organization
and the goals of both workshops. They discussed project-based learning, collaborative
learning, and the learning while doing (LWD) methodology. They were introduced to the
theme of global climate change and energy, and were given hands-on familiarization with the
GoGo board and the MicroWorlds software. In addition, they were trained in brainstorming
and had an opportunity to practice this idea-generating technique.
The final half day of the facilitator workshop was devoted to detailed planning of the
agenda and the preparation of the various presentations. Each teacher leader volunteered
to present one of the major components of the introduction to the collaborative workshop.
We discussed the groupings of teachers and students, and reviewed the roles of the
teacher leaders within their assigned groups. Volunteers accepted assignments for special
projects for the collaborative workshop, such as delivering a detailed QHSE briefing,
setting up and monitoring the materials room and the soldering and cutting areas, generating
the workshop newsletter, creating the photographic directory, and collecting the answers to
questions for a future news article.