By Brad WARD
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It was really fun and interesting hanging out with the year 5's at Rostrata primary today as they explored some of the key concepts surrounding the Olympic games. Some fantastic questions and it reminds us of why we get together in a group.. to learn, share, play and discover. Great questioning kids and thanks for being our one of our young beta software test group!
Groupmap takes the ideas from individuals within a group and shares them around. Each participant can add, reject or merge suggestions, creating a group view. The greater the consensus, the bigger the idea on the groupmap. Here's an example based on the paper prototype when a class of 30 students were asked to describe what they thought were key characteristics of an entreprenuer. Mor class trials are coming soon..
The picture of the 3 kids on tablets is an interesting one. This is obviously "quite learning time". Self reflective and personal learning is essential for one's own development. What I do like about this article is the changing of mobile learning (the M in Mlearning) to ME learning...
So what would a year 4 class like to learn about the Olympics next term? Well the Youth Olmpics and the history of the Olympics were some obvious ones, but what about support services needed, horse quarantine laws and the 3000m steeple chase? The class of Winthrop Primary led by the wonderful teachers of thinking Mrs Kelly and Mrs Cotham gave the children a chance to develope and share their own topics for next term. I'm not sure what was more challenging... trying to deal with a failed server or trying to work out which child to pick to put their ideas forward. We were rather impressed by the questions we were asked though including..."Are we your beta testers?!" and "Can we do this at home on our computers with a secret password?" Thanks to Zac who also gave us two of his own suggestions and ideas. What a great way to get a class involved in a decision making and group sharing process. Our thanks to the teachers who allowed us to share some time in the classroom with them.