ENGAGING MINDS:USING TECHNOLOGY TO SHOWCASE INQUIRY LEARNINGOUTCOMES IN THE PRIMARY GRADES.Task:Go to Buena Vista Libguide(Google: Buena Vista Libguide orelementarylibguides.spsd.sk.ca/buenavista)Click on the TEACHNOLOGY tabClick on the KIDBLOGExplore & comment on two or more posts
Presenters:Jaime Schroeder– Teacher Librarian and Vice Principal, Buena Vista SchoolBojana Dautbegovic- Krienke– Grade 1&2 Teacher, Buena Vista SchoolOur Goal: to use blogging to facilitate and illustrate studentlearning throughout the year in various subjectsThe blogs are used to showcase writingassignments, do reflections, for assessment and tocommunicate with parents.The students have received feedback fromgrandparents, peers, older students and studentsfrom other schools – the feedback is verymotivating for them to continue to share theirlearning
Management SuggestionsSet up – computers:- index cards for each student with username, passwordand computer they will use- give students all the same password to log in and for theKidblog- set up Kidblog with students names or numbers at thestart of the year, play around so you get comfortableusing it before allowing students to use it- inform parents why and how you will be using theKidblog
Management Suggestions• Teaching Computers:• use your TL and set up a regular, once a week time to work oncomputer skills and projects• use care partners, parent volunteers and older students to helpyour students work on their projects• the first day you will need a whole period just to log on andmaybe get onto the libguides• slowly progress towards navigating the libguide, logging ontotheir Kidblog, posting projects, using other internet resources;word documents, clip art, etc.• REMEMBER: your students can do all of these things but it’s aprocess!
Management Suggestions• Co-Teaching (you need a partner!)• Plan what outcomes you want to accomplish• Work together to brainstorm ideas of how to use technology toenhance students learning• Decide what programs and skills your students will need• Plan for what needs to be pre-taught and what will be done inthe computer lab• Plan how you will engage with the students and what roles eachwill play during instruction time• You are sharing these responsibilities and working together toachieve the outcomes• Meet at lunch, before/after school or prep time to make a plan;less planning time will be needed as you get to know how towork with each other and you become more comfortable
SPECIFIC EXAMPLES FROMTHE BLOG:1. HIBERNATION INQUIRY2. NUTRITION INQUIRY
Hibernation Inquiry Project• OUTCOMES• DS1.2 (grade 1)• Inquire into the ways in which plants, animals, and humans adapt to dailyand seasonal changes by changing their appearance, behavior, and/orlocation. [CP, DM, SI]• AN2.1 (grade 2)• Analyze the growth and development of familiar animals, includingbirds, fish, insects, reptiles, amphibians, and mammals, during their lifecycles. [CP, SI]• PLAN1. Help students create questions, research non-fiction texts for specificanswers and synthesis the information to create knew knowledge.2. Work as a class to research bears and then allow students choice toresearch an animal that they are interested in.3. Allow students to share their learning with a larger audience using photostory.
GETTING STARTED• I used Karma Wilson’sbook, Bear SnoresOn, to introduce theidea of hibernation.• http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6hHdhhFpy3Y• As a group we createdsome questions abouthow bears hibernate.We researched the followingtopics:-winter habitat-food that bears eat-length of sleep-what happens to the bodyduring hibernation-interesting facts
RESEARCHING WITH GRADE 1 & 2STUDENTS1. Allow students time toexplore multiplesources to findinformation. Teachthem how to search theweb and how to usebooks.2. Give students choice inwhat they want to use andwho they want to workwith. Provide them withsupport from carepartners, teacherlibrarian, parenthelpers, peers andyourself.
OUTCOMES• Students reached the science curriculum outcomesoutlined• Students learned how to find answers to theirquestions, read, listen and synthesis information learned• Students learned how to utilize multiple sources to gatherinformation. They used books, online databases, photostories and images to support their learning• Students had an authentic audience to share theirlearning with• Students are ENGAGED when they have choice andfreedom to explore topics of interest• * go to our classroom blog to view the photo stories*
Nutrition Inquiry Project - Jaime• TL Inquiry learning project:– looked at desired outcomes– worked through the inquiry process– gave students options to choose how todisplay their learning
Students are able to explaintheir eating habits andwhether they arehealthy/unhealthy. They willalso be able what makes it ahealthy/unhealthy choice.(conversation with theteacher) Students will demonstratethe knowledge of howhealthy eating by presentinga project to their peers.(rubric set byteacher/students)
Invitation: An opportunityfor students to interact withhealthy and unhealthyfoods and to hear what theyknow and what they areinterested in.Purpose:“Formative assessments areused to shape the nature ofinstruction to better meetthe needs of students”(Blanchard, 2010, p.579).
After the initial invitationI knew the kids wereinterested in label reading.I invited them to bringsome labels of foods theyliked. We weighed thevarious amounts of sugarin each snack and then putthem in order from leastto most sugar content. Wediscovered that bothbologna and sun chipshad the same amount ofsugar. Which is healthier?
IDEAS, IDEAS, IDEAS STUDENTS CHOICE…How can we teach theschool about healthy eating?-magazine-website-movie-video game-commercials-posters-cooking show
Parent EngagementThe purpose of having a blog is to help families stayconnected to what their children are learning at schooland to encourage conversations about learning at home.How to involve parents:-send reminders to check the blog-ask parents to comment-encourage parents to view the blog with their child and toengage in conversations with their child by looking atpictures-posting questions for parents to answer-posting family activities or homework on the blog-inviting parents to share the blog with other member oftheir families-inviting other classes to visit the blog
WHAT PARENTS ARE SAYING!!!• I think it does a good job of showcasing projectsthat students have completed.• It helps if there is a link to the blog anytime we geta reminder to check it, then I can go straight to theblog, even if Im on a different computer than usual.• It helps me to frame questions. I can ask specificquestions instead of "how was school today?"
NEXT STEPS:- Higher quality feedback from students whenposting on others blogs- Getting more authentic feedback from alarger audience- Blog being a source of information parentschecking consistently- family activity of the week – something towork on posted on the blog- Student Blogfolios – student led conferences