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Growing Sunflowers In Blenheim Ass 2

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Growing Sunflowers In Blenheim Ass 2

  1. 1. Growing Sunflowers in Blenheim <ul><li>An online learning experience for two Year 2 classes. </li></ul><ul><li>By Paula Ferguson </li></ul>
  2. 2. Overview of Project <ul><li>Using a Kidquest ‘Growing Sunflowers’ students from 2 schools were engaged in an online learning experience which involved the use of a variety of online technologies which extended the students learning experiences beyond the time, place and space constraints of a conventional classroom. </li></ul><ul><li>Students were engaged in asynchronous communication involving collaborative research and interaction. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Purpose and Objectives <ul><li>The purpose was: </li></ul><ul><li>to introduce the children to an online learning experience. </li></ul><ul><li>To encourage communication and engagement with others beyond the classroom. </li></ul><ul><li>Student objectives were: </li></ul><ul><li>to develop the ability to find, use and apply new knowledge to a relevant situation </li></ul><ul><li>To communicate and engage with others beyond their classroom </li></ul><ul><li>To work collaboratively </li></ul>
  4. 4. The Process <ul><li>Student Activities were as follows: </li></ul><ul><li>Take digital photo then email </li></ul><ul><li>KidQuest </li></ul><ul><li>Wikispace </li></ul><ul><li>Fax an expert </li></ul><ul><li>Bookmarked websites </li></ul><ul><li>Mindmap </li></ul><ul><li>Thinking hats </li></ul><ul><li>Powerpoint </li></ul><ul><li>The children revisited the wikispace each time they had new information/ thoughts/presentations to share. </li></ul><ul><li>Garden behind Rm 6 </li></ul><ul><li>Children might pick the flowers or pull them off as they walk past. </li></ul><ul><li>Lots of plants so not much room left. </li></ul><ul><li>Might get quite windy. </li></ul><ul><li>Garden behind Rm 6 </li></ul><ul><li>Plenty of sun. </li></ul><ul><li>Plants to keep them company. </li></ul><ul><li>Already a guard around garden to protect them. </li></ul><ul><li>Brick path so they won’t get walked on. </li></ul><ul><li>School Garden by Rm 1 and 2 </li></ul><ul><li>Junior playground right next door. </li></ul><ul><li>Usually just a food garden. </li></ul><ul><li>School Garden by Rm 1 and 2 </li></ul><ul><li>Fence to tie them to. </li></ul><ul><li>Lots of soil. </li></ul><ul><li>Sunny. </li></ul><ul><li>Little boxes to plant them in so kids don’t walk over them. </li></ul><ul><li>Kids can’t play there. </li></ul><ul><li>Water handy to soak them. </li></ul><ul><li>Tools nice and close. </li></ul><ul><li>Big tree on top field </li></ul><ul><li>Rugby balls could break the plants. </li></ul><ul><li>Not many trees so it’s more likely to be windy there. </li></ul><ul><li>People could walk there and step on them. </li></ul><ul><li>Children kicking balls could hit the plants. </li></ul><ul><li>Big tree on top field </li></ul><ul><li>Very sunny. </li></ul><ul><li>Other plants to keep it company. </li></ul><ul><li>Lots of room. </li></ul><ul><li>Plant them next to the fence so the neighbour and the school can see them. </li></ul><ul><li>School Forest Area </li></ul><ul><li>It’s quite shady. </li></ul><ul><li>Some places are out of bounds so you wouldn’t get to see the plants. </li></ul><ul><li>Kids sometimes run through here playing. </li></ul><ul><li>School Forest Area </li></ul><ul><li>Patches of sun. </li></ul><ul><li>Children wouldn’t stand on the plants. </li></ul><ul><li>Children wouldn’t run through here. </li></ul>Black Thinking Hat Yellow Thinking Hat
  5. 5. Student Learning <ul><li>First real learning for the students and the teacher was what happens when you all try to write on a wikipage at the same time!!! </li></ul><ul><li>A good example of collaborative work: the children created a combined mindmap via email and then posted it on the wikipage. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Students’ combined PMI on Global Classroom Experience. <ul><li>That when we were all riting at the same time it muked up wot we were tring to say. </li></ul><ul><li>You could see the changes on the wikipage in difrint collars. </li></ul><ul><li>When the garden centa didn’t repli to us. </li></ul><ul><li>It was hard sometimes to read all the stuff on the wikipage. </li></ul><ul><li>Our class computa didn’t always work prople. </li></ul><ul><li>You got to sort of meet otha kids from a difrint school. </li></ul><ul><li>We know how to send a email and a fax. </li></ul><ul><li>You could share lots ov iders on the wiki page. </li></ul><ul><li>You could help oths kids arnser there questshins and they could help you with yors. </li></ul><ul><li>We got a fax from the gardin cnter. </li></ul><ul><li>We emailed our slid show and we then got to see the otha one to. </li></ul>I nteresting M inus P lus
  7. 7. Key Learnings <ul><li>Wikipage: I am not a regular user of these so learnt alongside the children what happens when you all try to write at the same time and how to add a mindmap. </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of response from one sent fax. Really important to maintain more than just initial contact with outside contacts to ensure the success of the task. </li></ul><ul><li>Mindmap: childrens frustration due to keyboard skills </li></ul>
  8. 8. Conclusion. <ul><li>There is a need for a certain level of teacher familiarity with the technologies before using them with the children while at the same time it’s ok for the children to see the teacher as a learner too. </li></ul><ul><li>While the online learning encouraged some collaboration between the learners in the form of the mindmap further work on encouraging the children to adapt and accept each others contributions via the wikipage is needed and would be the focus for next time. </li></ul><ul><li>Still feel I have a way to go in terms of ‘thinking globally’. Found I resorted to usual methods eg verbal feedback as opposed to using the wikispace. </li></ul><ul><li>A good start for an online learning experience. </li></ul>

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