I can’t believe I am finished with all my COETAIL courses and my final project! In some ways, it seems like yesterday that I started this journey, and in others, it seems like it was forever ago. What I do know, is that I have learned a lot, and that learning on my part has translated to better teaching and learning on my students’ part in the classroom.
For my final project, I chose to redesign the Year 4 Sharing the Planet unit at my school in Bangkok, Thailand. Traditionally, the students have chosen an animal to research and have learned about their survival, habitat, adaptations, etc. They then wrote a traditional paper and pen book or report about their animal.
This year, the students were given a choice about how to share their learning. Some chose to make videos using iMovie, but most chose to use the Book Creator app on their iPad to write a book. They learned new research skills, copyright rules, how to find and properly cite photos using Compfight, CARP design principles, etc. They also learned about Kahoot quizzes and wrote their own quiz to present to their classmates.
Their projects were then uploaded to their personal blogs and also into a google drive folder. The folder was shared with all of the Year 4 students so they could read and learn from each other. In order to add a global collaboration aspect to the project, I used my PLN to find other educators from around the world who were interested in the project. Some simply shared the books with their class, some provided feedback back to my students, and others are working on adding their own projects into the folder to share with my students as well as the other students around the world. If you’d like to take a look at the projects that have been completed so far, click on the link below and you will be taken to the google drive folder.
I did have some trouble getting the link to work with all the schools we were sharing with around the world, so if for some reason clicking the picture above doesn’t take you to the google drive folder, please copy and paste this link into your browser (seems to work best in Chrome): https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B7XDAJtnKp4hUmw2ZU9mS1JKUkU&usp=sharing
The goal of the project was to transform learning by reaching the modification or redefinition stage of the SAMR model. I believe the sharing, feedback and global collaboration component of the task allowed us to reach this level, especially by receiving work from other students all around the world.
The global collaboration part of the project is ongoing, so if you’d like to be a part of it by having your kids submit projects to be uploaded as well, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a comment below. The Year 4 students and I look forward to hearing from you!