Sorry it has been awhile since I have posted about my little leaders, but we have been very busy learning to use some
great tools to assist our learning, understanding and communication. In addition I have just finished term one report cards, which used an new format.
However we are back and doing some great work. To continue in my students development as leaders as well as to give them more control in their learning. I have now started, in some classes, to allow students to determine what questions they are going to answer. I have started doing this for three reasons. The first is that it focuses on what the students want to learn, but secondly it reveals what the students already may know. However most importantly it allows students to share information and learn cooperatively. Keep in mind though, that I do insert some of my own questions, because I still must cover the curricular objectives.
To make things interesting and to increase students communication and use of technology, for our most recent assignment we used GoogleDocs. The students have seen it before, however this was their first attempt at using the application.
We started by creating a list of inquiry questions (using googledocs) we wanted to answer about the INUIT
Once this was completed students were given the link to the document, however before being let loose to answer questions they were reminded that this was a group activity, and that everyone was to participate and complete some of the questions. They were also informed that I would be checking their working and reminding them of corrections or where to find information, which meant that they should be reading as they are working.
Here is what the project / assignment looks like thus far. Please feel free to add information or comments as the kids would love to see them and get feed back.
Stay tuned, before the end of the week I hope to have some reflections in relation to using GoogleDocs.