I always tell my students, “Everyone loves a mash-up.” It’s basic neuroscience at its best. Our brains pay attention to what is novel, look for patterns, and seek to make connections.
I wanted to help my students get a better understanding of theme. I gave them a choice of two tweets to work with. By mashing the ideas from a short story we read and film we watched with a current news article and video of a living sculpture, the students flexed their thinking about theme in a deeper and broader sense. The discussions were rich and gave me the opportunity to do some on-the-spot reteaching.
Expand the reach of your classroom. I like to use Twitter to model digital citizenship and show students that learning is not limited by the school day or classroom walls. These tweets are connected to the novel we are reading.
Before they began creating a glog that would showcase their learning, students created a quick Voki to share their three key take-aways.
Click on the image to hear one student’s ideas.
What symbol best represents who you are personally? As a learner?
Which famous scene? Which famous works of art? What are the famous soliloquies from this scene? What are their significance?
The ’tiles’ are students’work from all four core content classes.
My students had a ball doing this quick coding activity. It was a great way to get them thinking and creating before composing poetry.
Here’s the site: Made With Code .
During my daily browse through Twitter, I was struck with inspiration. I thought of a way to re-purpose the post-it notes that were being used during my lessons.
I started collecting them, assessing the work, and then putting them on my cupboards without any apparent plan.
Then I waited for the kids to notice. Some started asking questions after a few days, others took a full two weeks to notice! It was fun to listen to them predict and argue about what I was making.
And the days we didn’t use post-its? Well, they gave me an ear full. They loved the novelty and sustained predicting, and they kept on me to assess their work and add it to the picture.
When Pacman was completed, they immediately wanted to know what I was making next. I told them, “We’re doing a contest for student-designed murals.” They can’t wait!
Any ideas of other cool things to do with post-its?