Group projects are where you learn a certain subject for a period of time and do a project based on it. Group projects include skills such as teamwork, trust and responsibility. Students get a chance to learn new things by research and from people they are working with.
Firstly, you would do normal classes about a certain topic for 5 lessons and then on the 6th lesson they can prepare their individual notes based on what they know about the topic. Then on the 7th and 8th lesson they will prepare a project in groups of 3-5. They will share their facts and write down any new ones they research. This could be done as a PowerPoint, movie, paper presentations, plays and many more. Once they have prepared, they will present it to the class and the class can critique on it. After this, they can improve and be levelled on what they know and how well they presented it.
Lastly, they can conclude on what they did well and what they could improve on. This affects everyone especially students as they learn more and progress independently and they can learn more about the subject through peer teaching. The teachers will see great progress.
So overall, group projects enhance students learning. Group projects are also a good way of going over ideas and facts for revision!
By Siobhan Barnsley
Solo taxonomy is a learning technique that allows students to learn and work at their own pace. It is made up of 5 different stages:
Prestructual - the student is not sure about the subject
Unistructual - The student has one idea about the subject
Multistructual - The student has several ideas about the subject
Relational - The student can link ideas together to make a bigger picture
Extended abstract - The student can look at ideas in a new and different way.
The stations can be dotted around the classroom or given to students in a list. It is a great use or revision and learning new subjects quicker. It can be used in most subjects and we have used it in geography and psychology.
We like using solo taxonomy because it is easy to use and allows us time to gradually understand a subject instead of moving on quickly.
By Phoebe BARNSLEY and Jasmine DEVINE
Padlet is a website tool, where you can post your class work, homework and anything else that could support learning all live during a lesson. It's like a blog but you can change the settings so only your teacher can view it. On padlet you can post text, pictures, videos and links to other websites. Padlet is also great for revision because everything is in one place and easy to access. I really like the website and I find it very useful, also I think everyone could benefit from the use of it in any subject.
If you would like to know how to use padlet, please come and speak to an iLearner!
By Bethany Heir
There are many benefits of using technology in our classes we use iPads and laptops to improve our learning and to easily find research in class time. However, we have realised that apps can be distracting to students doing research on the iPads. In order to prevent students from using apps that shouldn't be used in lesson time, we believe that apps that are not to be used in the lesson are locked. This could keep the focus in the lesson as we feel that the use of the iPad's is a great way to engage students with learning!
If you would like to know about the apps we use in lessons, please pop down to U103 on Wednesday lunchtimes to speak to our iLearners!
Written by Abi Kitson and Shannon Breary - Learning Detectives