Today’s contributors come from St Mark’s Church School
Kia ora connected educators!
We are a class of Year 1 students with a teacher who loves being collaborative and connecting with others, within our classroom, the school and across the globe!
Our class has been connecting with others in two very significant ways recently! First, we went on a tour of a museum, created by our year four friends. They invited us to come hear about renewable energy and the projects they created last week via a Google doc booking form. We signed up for one time but we’re so engaged that we came back again after morning tea for more! Sharing knowledge gained in this way was an excellent way to spread the word about big ideas and concepts but is also it provided time for effective student reflection and in some cases, a continuation and further evaluation of their inquiry cycle.
Later this week, we will host those same year fours in our own sharing museum. We have been ‘making’ with clay, a variety of living organisms. Our inquiry focused on adaptations, needs for survival and characteristics of living things too. You can see one of the student’s giraffes here!
We also connected with a buddy class in Australia via Google Hangouts. This was our first time doing this but I can assure you, it will not be our last! It proved a fabulous way to connect with other learners from around our school, around New Zealand and even around the globe! Would anyone like to ‘hangout’ soon and share some thinking?
We created this hangout to meet a student who is going to join us in term four to help the transition from overseas, but now that we have seen how easy it is, the opportunities for collaboration are endless!
It is an exciting time to be 1AJ and to be connected!