Students at Ashburton Netherby School used ICT technologies to share aspects of their learning.
"Our school regularly reviews the way technology is embedded in effective learning and teaching."
Learning context: Social studies unit titled, "Proud of who we are". Within the context of the Rugby World Cup, students focused on identifying New Zealand cultural practices and those of other countries.
e-Learning focus: Extend students’ skills and confidence using online tools to research, organise, and present information.
Students worked in groups to read and synthesise information from websites about countries participating in the Rugby World Cup, which the teacher had bookmarked.
The teacher produced a Voicethread using pictures illustrating cultural aspects of the countries students had been researching. Following whole class modelling on how to use the tool, students individually recorded what they had learned from their research to demonstrate their understanding. Bookmarking the Voicethread link enabled students to access it easily during classtime.
After all students had contributed to the Voicethread assessment, the teacher added some feedback via text comments to slides so that the students could review and make changes to their Voicethreads.
As a final celebration of their learning, the class shared their Voicethreads with a neighbouring class also involved in the same unit of work.
Using Voicethread as an assessment tool provided all students with the opportunity to show their learning via an oral platform. As some of the students were emergent writers, it was an excellent tool for them to demonstrate their learning without the constraints of pen and paper assessment.
Establishing strong foundation skills in the use of ICT tools for junior students was the main focus of the unit of learning. Taking a step-by-step process, modelling the skills, and allowing opportunities for students to practise and “play” with the tools gave students confidence to use ICT tools.
Establishing clear guidelines for the learning focus and using the students’ ideas, and learning to create the Voicethread assessment task gave students ownership of their learning.
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