Archive for May, 2012

Group Learning Activity

May 23, 2012

This activity was a first taste for the students in being combined into a large class and allowed freedom to manage the group and content of the topic.

Outline was very simple. Students were given the topic of “Spreadsheets” this was explained to them as a compulsory topic they need to learn. There only direction was to create a 5 minute entertaining tutorial on using a spreadsheet. The topic was deliberately not focused at any time to enable exploration of the group work method and methods of presenting.

As stimulus the idea was introduced through watching the following 2 videos.

TEDxNYED – Will Richardson This first video we only watch the first 3 minutes. Then we discussed some examples of that students can learn any they want to Learn. The emphasis is on “want”

Next we watch this video.

We only just needed to watch up until just after 10 minutes when he had described the “Gateshead”. This set the rules Groups of 4, work on one computer and groups are flexible.

Here are some of the results. the students had 3 lesson (about 2 and a half hours) to create. If you are an ICT teacher you will be appalled at the skills in spreadsheets. but the was not the aim at this time. It was to get them to look at a topic, engage in it, work together and produce. Later when I show them some skills in spreadsheets I hope this activity means the may be a little more interested in the topic.

Here are the students working, we could not do this in a classroom so we took over any space we could. these were outside but we also took over the corridors outside the rooms, the loby of the auditorium and on a few times I called in some favours swapped with teachers and got 3 adjoining rooms to put the 70 students in.

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Here are the videos, the keen part for me is not the group presentation but the reflections.

Group 1

Group 2

Group 3

Group 4

Group 5

Group 6

Group 8