Like just about every other school board, the one running our overly-large school district goes through a regular ritual of defining instructional goals for our students.
This year’s batch includes an interesting little item declaring that students will “understand the interrelationship and interdependence of the countries and cultures of the world.”
Of course, once board members come up with extremely broad ambitions like that, it becomes the job of many others much lower down in the system to figure out exactly how to make that happen.
One way will be with a little something for 5th and 8th grade students called the Global Awareness and Technology Project.
Yeah, I don’t understand using the term “technology” either. How could you do such a project with out it? I would have put Communications in there instead.
Anyway, all of that is a long winded preface to the point of this entry.
One of the small group of teachers who is trying out the first draft of this project as the school year winds down is Jennifer who blogs over at Elementary My Dear, or Far From It.
She is, however, somewhat disappointed with some of the choices her students have made in the technology they’re using to present what they’ve learned.
And yet…certain things are driving me insane. Many of my kids are creating PowerPoints. A couple of them are fantastic. Most are not. They are so focused on making the slides look cool, transition in interesting ways, and have fun graphics that the content is getting no focus. A lot of kids are creating websites. Again, a couple are really well done. Most are so focused on having fun with the technology (and posting on each other’s guestbooks) that their content stinks.
Fortunately, she’s not giving up on the concept and plans to try the project again next year, but she also has a lot of questions on how to make things better.
If you have time, drop by to offer Jennifer some answers and ideas.