Preparing for the Future

Cool Australia’s Global Problem Solver resources focus on Season 1 and Season 2 of the Cisco Global Problem Solvers series and engage students with the story of a diverse teen super-team from across the globe to take action against serious challenges. The lessons guide students through the process of finding and understanding a problem, designing a solution, working through the opportunities and challenges associated with their solution, conceiving technological options that could be used to support their solution, and the steps to bring the solution to life in a way that supports local communities.

Cisco is committed to positively impacting 1 billion people by 2025. As part of this, Cisco is seeking to inspire and empower a generation of global problem solvers who will not only survive – but drive and thrive in an ever-changing world. As technology continues to shape our world, it is becoming increasingly important to prepare future business leaders and workers with the right digital skills. Global Problem Solvers: The Series has been designed to do equip young people with these essential skills.

Want to Know More?

The Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge awards $350,000 USD to fourteen winners who submit a 90-second video about their use of technology for the benefit of people, society, or the planet.

The next round of the competition has already kicked off and, even though school students are too young to enter, could be used as the stimulus for a great class or school-based projects. To see previous winners and find out more about the project, head to cisco.innovationchallenge.com.

This is a fantastic opportunity to inspire your students to develop their solutions to problems and make a positive impact on their community, and Cool’s lessons are the perfect place to start!

Teacher Professional Development

To coincide with the release of the Global Problem Solvers units, we’ve created a Teacher Professional Development course to support teachers in the implementation of group work in the classroom.

You can find the Professional Development course here: Using Group Work To Improve Student Learning 

Primary Lessons – HASS – Years 3 & 4

Tuning In To Global Problem Solvers

Building a Great Team

Finding The Problem

Generating Solutions to Problems

Students explore the importance of problem finding in creating solutions to real world problems. They begin by identifying a range of problems they are aware of in the world around them and think about how they might begin to generate solutions to these problems. Students begin by completing an activity both individually and collaboratively, and reflect on their experiences. They then explore how the GPS team is people with different skills and qualities, and they reflect on how or why these might be a positive or might present challenges. Students investigate the questions we can ask to uncover a problem. After reviewing prior knowledge, students look at the 5Ws and work as a class and in groups to apply the 5Ws. Students summarise their analysis as a paragraph that can be used to guide work throughout the rest of this unit.

Students develop a solution for a complex problem identified in the GPS series. After reviewing prior knowledge about the problem, students work collaboratively to generate a solution. They then analyse the solution for the same problem created by the Global Problem Solvers team, and create a poster.

 

 

Using Technology for Good

Making Your Plan

Turning Plans Into Action

 
 Students explore the role of technology in developing solutions to real world problems. They begin by exploring what is meant by the term ‘technology’. They then look at how technology is used in the real-world problem presented in the Global Problem Solvers series. Students develop a plan for taking action around a real-world issue. After reviewing prior knowledge, students discuss the value of creating a plan in bringing an idea to life. Students work collaboratively to create a plan for action, including defining the problem and their solution, creating a mind-map to list the materials and equipment needed, identifying challenges and solutions. In this lesson, students consolidate their learning from the Global Problem Solvers unit to become Local Problem Solvers. Students work collaboratively to understand a problem that affects their school, develop an idea for solving this problem, and make a plan.. Students will have the option of testing their solution and putting their ideas into action, either in groups or as a class. 
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Primary Lessons – HASS – Years 5 & 6

Tuning In To Global Problem Solvers

Building a Great Team

Understanding The Problem

SWOT Solutions

Students explore the importance of problem finding in creating solutions to real world problems. They begin by identifying a range of problems they are aware of in the world around them and think about how they might begin to generate solutions to these problems. Students explore the benefits and challenges of teamwork. They begin by reflecting on their experiences of positive and challenging teamwork experiences. They then explore how the Global Problems Solvers team is made up of people with different skills and personal qualities.

Students investigate the questions we can ask to explore a problem. After reviewing prior knowledge, students look at some of the reasons why finding out the details of a problem is important to successfully solving that problem. Students then develop a series of problem finding questions based on set criteria.  After refining their questions, students create a graphic based on these questions.

 

Students develop a solution for a complex problem identified in the GPS series. After reviewing prior knowledge about the problem, students work collaboratively to generate a solution. They then analyse the solution for the same problem created by the Global Problem Solvers team, and create a poster.
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Technology Pros and Cons

Planning for Change

Change in Our Community

The Social Enterprise

 Students explore the role of technology in developing solutions to real world problems. They begin by exploring what is meant by the term ‘technology’. They then look at how technology is used in the real-world problem presented in the Global Problem Solvers series. Students develop a plan for taking action around a real-world issue. After reviewing prior knowledge, students discuss the value of creating a plan in bringing an idea to life. Students work collaboratively to create a plan for action, including defining the problem and their solution, creating a mind-map to list the materials and equipment needed, identifying challenges and solutions. In this lesson, consolidate their learning from the Global Problem Solvers unit to become Local Problem Solvers. Students work collaboratively to identify a problem in their local community, develop an idea for solving this problem and make a plan for implementing this solution. Following completion, students will evaluate the success of their solution, and celebrate and reflect on the success  and their participation in the project.
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Students explore the concept of a social enterprise. After reviewing prior knowledge students identify what a social enterprise is. They then look at how the action the GPS team took could be converted into a social enterprise. Students then explore and analyse social enterprises in their community and present their research with the class. Finally they are asked to imagine a social enterprise they would like to be a part of. 

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About Cisco

These lessons have been developed in partnership with Cisco. Cisco believes that our future will be defined by global problem solvers – global citizens ready to thrive in a connected and digital future by thinking like entrepreneurs, innovating like technologists, and acting as agents of social change.

 

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