My first attempt at a lesson with elements of self-directed learning as well as collaborative learning.
This was a Primary 5 Science lesson on Water Cycle. The objectives of the lesson was to allow pupils to be aware of two important concepts.
- The need to conserve water
- The effects of water pollution
The lesson is broken up into two parts and pupils are guided by instructions on a website.
Importance of Water
The first part of the lesson is where the class shared their understanding of the importance of water by working in pairs to collaborate and post their discussion outcome on Linoit post-it. The teacher will then gather the class’ attention to share some good discussion points with the class.
Clean Water is Essential
The second part is where the self-directed element comes in. Pupils are now required to investigate the importance of clean water and publish their findings on a Glog. Pupils are to work in groups of 2 to 4 to co-create this glog. Pupils have very clear learning goals they need to achieve and the glog is used as an assessment of their learning. A rubrics is provided for pupils to self evaluate their own glogs and make improvements where necessary.
Subsequently, the teacher would get pupils to “like” glogs which they find meaningful, satisfies the learning goals and meets the requirements of a good glog (based on the rubrics). They can also ask questions or give comments to build on the ideas of their friends.
Will this lesson provide pupils with the opportunity to do self-directed and collaborative learning? Do give me your feedback.
Glogster is an online poster creation website. This tool allows pupils to create their own posters which they would normally do using drawing paper and other coloring materials. The affordance of Glogster comes in several forms.
For one, the ability to add in images, website and even videos makes normal paper and pen poster pale in comparison. Next would be the ability for everyone to view, rate and comment about the glog. This makes the learning even more interactive and fun.
I’ve used glogster this year for my P5 class mainly to create posters for Science. The latest one I did was for the P5 Science topic on Cells. This was done as a summary to the topic and pupils were to present the types of cells they learnt in class and compare a typical plant and animal cell. I got them to also look for interesting websites that provides additional information about cells. This was an extension to their learning so that they are not confined to only information from the textbook.
As I conducted the lesson, I realized that I needed a structured way of giving the pupils feedback on their posters. I thought that the best way was through the use of a rubric. This ensured that pupils know how to differentiate a great poster from a good poster. In this way, glogster can also be used as an alternative mode of assessment or a performance task. In addition, pupils are also able to peer evaluate their friends’ work. This allows them to improve and refine their glogster based on the feedback given.
The only gripe I have with glogster is that it is not really user friendly especially when I needed to view and comment 40 different glogs. I may have to explore the use of other Web 2.0 tools to enable me to do so in a much more efficient method.