You might argue that teachers have used 'Learn Create Share' throughout the development of education, but the differences now are :
- We are consciously employing it, consistently employing it, and making it clear to learners that we are using it, and
- We are amplifying the benefits of the pedagogy using digital devices, and digital tools.
In doing so we have to be careful not to through the baby out with the bathwater. That is, we have to be careful that we don't throw away other tools that still work.
Over the past few weeks two classes of Year 10 social studies students under the guidance of Catherine, a teaching intern from NZGSE, and their class teacher Alby Wilson, have combined the best of the old and the new. They have been studying technological change through human history, and today it was my pleasure to open an 'exhibition' of their learning. They were looking at technologies from those early neolithic civilisations, alongside those of ancient Rome, and ancient Egypt.
Because the room they have been working in is due for demolition very soon (yay) they sought my permission to do some 'cave drawings' on some of the walls. The walls were first textured using glue and sand, and they students then created their 'cave art'. The created cardboard models, cooked food according to what historians believe were accurate recipes of the time, made life sized replicas of some equipment, and created costume that they thought was appropriate to the times. They looked at mummification as a process, both scientifically, and culturally.
The researched and they wrote (all digitally), and alongside that they created. Finally today they shared as we opened their exhibition, inviting whānau to come along and enjoy their work too.
'Learn, Create Share', the old fashioned way, but again 'amplified' through the use of digital technologies.
Now let the blogging begin as students reflect on their learning, and share those reflections with the real world, making their learning visible.
Here are some photos of their exhibition. Ka mau te wehi!!