This is what Australian Education used to be about – students as co-developers of their own learning. What’s happened in the past decade here is shameful.
Let students document their learning and in turn demonstrate mastery and teach others.
- Resources: Screencasting, podcasting, videos
- Example: Eric Marcos http://www.mathtrain.tv
Give your class the opportunity to collaboratively build one set of perfect notes.
- Resources: http://ietherpad.com, http://docs.google.com
- Example: Darren Kuropatwa’s “scribe of the day” program http://tinyurl.com/68djoz
When questions come up during class assign one student the responsibility to search out the correct answer.
- Resources: Google’s Custom Search Engine creator
In an ever-shrinking world, we finally have free access to connect with other classes and subject experts around the world.
- Resources: http://www.skype.com or any video chat client
- Example: Andrea Trudeau’s student interviews with experts about globalization athttp://dps109.wikispaces.com/Skype
Contributing to Society
You class can join others in making the world a better place.
- Resources: http://www.kiva.org
If our children are to grow up to make important contributions to our society, it is essential that we provide them with powerful tools and experiences across the curriculum and this will require a new culture of teaching and learning that engages students as contributors.