Speaking of Connectivism...
My original idea for this post was to compare constructivism and connectivism and showcase how we use each in Studio 4.
However, given the state of the world at the moment with Covid-19 and school closures, I think connectivism is the real winner here. Not to say constructivism is not happening.
Here in Vietnam we are now in week 8 of online learning (however, one of those weeks was a much-needed holiday). Teachers everywhere are being thrown into the role of a teacher from afar. Many without warning, training, or collaboration. For the first 6 weeks everything in Vietnam was last minute, week by week decisions about whether we would be on or off campus, with our without students. Luckily at this point we were told it would be at least another 3 weeks (likely longer for primary school students). This gave our team the opportunity to actually plan for a unit that is based online. We made the decision to swap our Program of Inquiry around. A unit that we planned to be the final unit of the year, we decided to start right away.
This unit allows for a lot of connectivism theories to be put into play.
A quick Google search results in the following definition from Wikipedia:
With everything happening right now, how can you not be taking the opportunity to teach this way (or rather, to have your students learn in this way)?
In this post I will explain our unit progression and how we are infusing technology and connectivism into the more traditional reading and writing unit.
Where We Are in Place and Time:
This is great! Thank you so much for sharing. At WAB in Grade 3 (where I teach) we are looking to adapt our WWAIPT unit on significant people for online, and this will be so helpful!
Wondering -- Are there non-reading/writing activities connected to this unit of inquiry? You shared reading/writing -- just wondered if it is broader than that? Wondering what the Central Idea is?
Thanks, Christine! It sounds like that could be a great match, for signigicant people!!
This unit originated as a reading centric unit. Teaching reading skills, teaching connections, teaching reflections, etc. so that is why I stuck only with reading and writing activities in the post as well.
The central idea is: Making connections helpus better understand the past.
So we really focus on types of connections and how they help us understand events in history. It was an awesome unit to end our year last year as it ends up being fairly run by the students. Which is possibly another reason why it is starting to work well online!
As an edit/addition to this, we are also now creating a choice board of activities for each book. These will be used after books are finished (for shorter books) and as optional extension activities for longer books. https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1sF_413-ILdYrESfBAguQVQW0OBo5sCM2VkRBNQWtxXA/edit?usp=sharing
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