All About Engagement…and Technology…and it worked!

It’s been bothering me that  the previous post on my blog was a bit of a rant. Not initially, but now that some months have passed it was time to rectify the situation. I just posted the below report on my global2 blog that I keep with my class. I thought it fitting to share the work on my professional blog. This is mainly about the power of Edmodo in a way. Although a homework project, the nice things about the learning below is that my students were sharing updates, achievements, questions and thoughts as they went. This made them unafraid and confident to share their work come presentation day. Please leave a comment if you see fit. The post starts below…

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For the past 3 weeks we have been investigating an ecosystem in our own backyard. We all joined a group space on Edmodo and kept each other up to date with what we were learning and discovering as we completed the project. Some people posted some comments and questions to the space. Others posted photos of the living and non-living things in their chosen patch. We discussed our progress as we went and posted links to some useful websites that contained information about ecosystems, different biomes and animal species.

All our work was due last week. On Thursday 25th August we presented our work to small groups of classmates. We had to make sure that we spoke clearly and made eye contact with our audience. We came really prepared so that the technology would work and we finished off with posting what we had learned to our ‘Ecosystem Project’ space on Edmodo.

Below are some examples from our projects. Everybody had something unique to share! At the bottom of the post there is a question we would like you to answer.

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Amy used 'Paint' to draw her chosen ecosystem

Amy used 'Paint' to draw her chosen ecosystem

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Here we are presenting our projects!

Here we are presenting our projects!

The power of Edmodo!

The power of Edmodo!

Steffi made her movie using her iPod Touch. Bridget wrote a script, rehearsed and filmed her show with a digital video camera.