teachers are integrating e-learning to support the inquiry learning process specifically planning for and using thinking skills and key competencies
This year for the digi awards a group of children came up with an idea of entering a video clip based on a dance song they had seen in class. This song had been found by a student to listen to in class whilst doing artwork. The idea evolved as children researched. Listening to the azonto song and seeing the dancers dance around people in various parts of a city the children thought it would be funny to dance around in classes and different parts of the school, i.e. whilst teachers were teaching. One of the group members heard from another teacher that the Ellen tv show had carried out a competition that included entries similar to what they wanted to do for this inquiry unit. The children looked this up online and got further ideas for acting and dancing in different areas across the entire city. This included planning and discussing where would be funny and interesting to travel too. After the filming had taken place the children worked to edit out parts that hadn't worked so well and put together the video, see link below.
This inquiry task used many e-learning skills as children were able to research using google and youtube and develop their ideas further, sharing them with the group. During this inquiry children had to manage their own behaviour and work cooperatively as a team, valuing each others opinions and participating as part of a small team with an end goal. These skills and competencies will be useful for these children throughout their schooling and later life.
The end product is an entry into this years digi awards. I think we should win!!
From a teacher's point of view it was really cool to see the children working collaboratively encouraging each other to try new moves or to dance with complete strangers, not an easy thing to do for the best of us. It was great to see many staff getting out there and showing their dance skills to a global audience too.
Just like to say I'm very happy that my dance skills were not caught on this film - may have affected the judges descision!! This is a great example again of the students taking ownership of their learning in a fun and real context, owned by them. Awesome to see one of our extension TEKids taking control of the editing too - she did a great job. An excellent extension of student led inquiry learning from the burgers last term.