The world wide web has created this space to house a wealth of information that one could have only dreamed of prior to 1989. Our students can now access data and materials on a global scale, foster connections with people who are hundreds of miles away from them, and even interact or participate in classes or discussions that are taking place in different countries. For some, these can be quite intimidating to navigate if they don’t have the proper skills and ‘know-how’ to be successful.
To me, this is one of our greatest challenges in education at the moment. How do we educate our students on the use of the world wide web as a learning tool? Well, for starters, as a teacher, one of the best ways of achieving this is to develop learning activities that incorporate the use of legitimate data, and require the students to conduct their research using the internet. In my last post, I discussed some questions that would serve as a great base for students as they start their research. Questions that they can ask themselves as they come across data and other resources.
It’s time to put your teacher hat on…even if you aren’t one. What type of learning activity might you create that incorporates the use of data and research found online? Take into consideration the different levels of students…how might you differentiate the level of the activity to accommodate an independent learner, a learner who requires some support and a learner who might complete the activity at a participatory level? How will the students turn the collected data and research into a project or activity that requires them to perform at the highest level of Bloom’s Taxonomy…create?
Here is a learning activity I created for the art room:
As you start to plan your activity, you may want to read this article by Scholastic. It does a great job of breaking down what you may want to consider, and the type of project.
Happy planning! I can’t wait to see what you come up with!