Chantilosophy Vol 4

Tools that are not only useful in the classroom but are more enriching than anything I could have created by hand… times 10!

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It’s amazing that whilst you’re teaching students about the way the world is constantly changing… that it actually is.

I began teaching a unit on Social Media 3 weeks ago. I’ve already adapted my program 4 times. Throughout that time, new (or new to me) web-tools have come to light. Tools that are not only useful in the classroom but are more enriching than anything I could have created by hand… times 10!

My students now have their own e-folios with rss feeds to their personal blogs. Included in their e-folio are boxes that include their goals for the term, learning styles and a wordle image of their personality. Students are beginning to upload “best” work for people to comment on.  

Whilst writing this unit, I began to ponder an idea about how social media has morphed the way we communicate. As I work in a Christian School, I wondered what the implications for Christianity were… and then I wondered how Biblical characters I admire would utilise Social Media. Then I created an amazing task (that students loved) which could show me the depth of their knowledge about Biblical characters without writing a typical information report.

The task is called “What if ___ had a Facebook/Myspace/Twitter account?” Students downloaded an image I had loaded to our Moodle site and using Paint, recreated the page as if it were authored by a Biblical character of their choice.

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The results speak for themselves. Students actually wanted to research deeper in order to make their page “cooler”.

Students have now uploaded these to their e-folio.

Love teaching.

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