Tuesday, December 14, 2010
In PYP schools our focus is on inquiry - students are now engaging in the inquiry process at school, where we can see how much help and support they need - and at home they are turning this research into fabulous presentations that they later can share with the class. The tools are all Web 2.0 tools and easy to use. I am not assessing them on the tools - only on the learning. If they need help in using the tools outside class, that's fine, what I am concerned with in class is helping them to find and validate the information perhaps by collaborating with other students or experts around the world, and helping them decide the most effective ways that they can demonstrate their knowledge and understanding. Sometimes in class we start off using a tool, but don't have time to really finish with it. Students know this isn't a problem. In their own time they can access their work and continue with it. Actually they are keen to do this. No student in the past few years has ever grumbled about using the computer to work at home, they don't even see it as homework, they just want continue creating - in fact often they ask if they can carry on at home. In this way learning has become something that takes place any time and anywhere.
Photo Credit: The Joys of Homework by Cayusa