Global Classroom Learning Episode OLV Global Kids Saints and Inspiring People – Mary MacKillop and the Order of Sisters of Saint Joseph
Context for study <ul><li>The context for which this project took place is as follows. </li></ul><ul><li>A group of 6 year 5/6 students worked with the e and c teacher to undertake research about Mary Mc Killop in the context of their current Religious Education strand – Saints and Inspiring People. This strand is taught by all Catholic Schools at this time. A research project is a major part of this strand and forms the basis of understanding the Communion of Saints in the Catholic Church. </li></ul><ul><li>Mary Mc Killop was the founder of the Order of St Josephs in Australia. Mother Mary became the first Australian to be formally proposed to Rome as a candidate for canonization (1973), she was beautified (1990s) by Pope John Paul II. The Order of the Josephites works throughout Australia, New Zealand and Peru. </li></ul><ul><li>The students will participate in discussion and research with a fellow Catholic School in Christchurch. The students will also use synchronous communication to interview and research both in Australia and New Zealand. This research will then be shared on a group blog. This will be used to asynchronously communicate with both our E class and the OLV students home class. </li></ul>
What I hoped to achieve.. <ul><li>-The students will connect with a class from another catholic school in the city to develop a community of learners, by both sharing knowledge and communicating both synchronously and asynchronously. </li></ul><ul><li>-The OLV students will collaboratively research and present findings about Mary McKillop through the use of a blog. </li></ul><ul><li>-The students will develop a blog and use this to share and interact with their new friends. </li></ul><ul><li>-The students will use asynchronous communication to interact with Room 4, and also synchronously interview and research about Mary MacKillop. </li></ul><ul><li>-The students will make use of audio conferencing in the research process to enhance their understanding. </li></ul>
What occurred? <ul><li>The students individually gathered information about Mary MacKillop. This information was sourced from a variety of websites. </li></ul><ul><li>The students interviewed an educator at the Mary MacKillop Place museum, (Sydney) through audio conference. </li></ul><ul><li>The students interviewed a Sister of St Joseph here in Christchurch through audio conference. </li></ul><ul><li>The students pooled their information and put together in groups two power point presentations. </li></ul><ul><li>This information was the basis for our OLVGlobal Kids Blog. </li></ul><ul><li>We introduced ourselves to another Catholic School here in Christchurch by audio conference and are sharing our research on our blog with them. </li></ul>
Key learning that took place <ul><li>The accessing of key information from relevant websites. </li></ul><ul><li>The research and inquiry into Mary MacKillops life and journey. Key events and dates identified and shared. </li></ul><ul><li>Presentation of their research on both powerpoint and on our OLV Global Kids blog. </li></ul><ul><li>Audio conferencing to both source information and to share information. </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborative, co-operative investigating and sharing of information. </li></ul>
Key Learning that took place.. <ul><li>Merrill asserts that … </li></ul><ul><li>knowledge is constructed from experience </li></ul><ul><li>learning is a personal interpretation of the world </li></ul><ul><li>learning is an active process in which meaning is developed on the basis of experience </li></ul><ul><li>conceptual growth comes from the negotiation of meaning, the sharing of multiple perspectives and the changing of our internal representations through collaborative learning </li></ul><ul><li>learning should be situated in realistic settings; testing should be integrated with the task and not a separate activity (Merrill, 1991, in Smorgansbord, 1997) </li></ul>
Summary of learning <ul><li>The audio conference component I believe was an extremely powerful tool which enabled students to facilitate their own learning and share with one another. </li></ul><ul><li>“ Technologies should be used as engagers and facilitators of thinking and knowledge. Students learn with technology rather than from it” Jonassen(2003) </li></ul><ul><li>The research was successfully shared on the creation of our Blog and has opened the door for further thinking, learning and sharing in this area. </li></ul>
<ul><li>What? </li></ul><ul><li>A group of students researched the life of Mary MacKillop through audio conferencing, interviewing, and web searches. </li></ul><ul><li>They collaboratively and </li></ul><ul><li>co-operatively put together a blog to share information and learning experiences with another Christchurch Class. </li></ul>What Next? The students and fellow Christchurch class wish to continue communication this way. The students wish to go and meet the Sister of Saint Joseph who they interviewed by audio conference. The students wish to set up a blog with their home class. How? Longer timeframe Teacher needs more PD on using blogs to ensure that the settings are correct. Peer teachers set up in class to teach the other students, both how to set up their blog and how to access and contribute to the class one. Why? A collaborative way to share research and ideas with another group. Gain an insight into asynchronous communication as a tool to enhance learning and understanding. To learn new ideas and ways of doing things.