Introducing my guest blogger, Greg Colles who has generously shared his ideas in how Web 2 tools can support Inquiry phases suggested on I-minds website (http://www.wix.com/kayc28/inquiring-minds#!)
Greg is the Religious Education Consultant for the Lismore Catholic Schools Office and has recently completed the diocesan Beyond Web 2 on-line course. He chose to investigate how Web 2 tools can support the various Inquiry phases where students are encouraged to find solutions through a process of articulating questions, shaping ideas, locating and selecting information, analysing and synthesizing their findings to share with peers and thus reflect on what they have learnt.
If you are looking for ways to integrate Web 2 tools into your Religious Education lessons then you will enjoy these ideas from Greg.
6 Tools 6 Ways
Launch Phase: Bubbl.us is a simple and free web application that is fun to use and allows teachers and students to brainstorm online. Teachers in Religion classes could invite students to share their ideas or participate in whole class or small group brainstorming sessions. Students can use Bubbl.us™ to create colourful mind maps, and share and work with others online. Examples: C7-3 God and People in Creation Students, in learning teams, create a group words and pictures concept map of ways in which positive and destructive actions affect God’s continuing creation; A9-1 Literary Forms in the Scriptures Students, in learning teams, create a group words and pictures concept map of various literary forms in the Scriptures.
Access Phase: WordSift is so simple to use and the results are really engaging. You paste any text into WordSift. The program helps to quickly identify important words that appear in the text. The Visual Thesaurus facility is an excellent tool. You click on one the words that have appeared in the sifting and the program presents other links to study as well an possible meanings of the word. Example: A10-3A Synoptic Gospel – copy a summary of an introduction to the Gospel of Mark into WordSift and then ask students to identify main ideas, themes, intended audience, or to develop questions that could be asked about the introduction. Students mark specific words as vocabulary words so they stand out in a different color. Students copy the passage into Wordle. in small groups write or draw a page using the words in the cloud. Using the Visual Thesaurus® display students in groups are allocated specific words which they click on to identify and discuss related words.
Develop Phase: Tiki-toki is a fantastic online interactive timeline creator. I think that it is much versatile than Timetoast as you are guided through the whole process when creating the timeline. Text, images of your own or from Flickr and You tube clips can be added to the timeline. You do need to register, but this is one of the easiest registering processes Ihave found. Of course there is an upgrade offer that provides extra features (which does cost). RE teachers could use this interactive online timeline to present historical events in an interesting and engaging way. Examples A10-3 A Synoptic GospelThe final week of Jesus Christ according to a particular gospel writer; B8-3 Early Christian Communities Establishment of the early Church in the first 2 centuries.
Demonstrate Phase: Fotobabble enables students to create “Talking Photos” in just three clicks. When students add their voice to an image it gives the image life and creates a more memorable experience for everyone. Students could take photos or use images that they have collected online (noting permission).Examples: D9-3 Mary Students explain the meaning of icons or paintings of Mary. D10-2 Eucharist Students observe ritualistic actions during a celebration of a class Eucharist. Students may be given a particular part of the Mass to observe closely. The teacher, with the permission of the priest, takes digital photographs of significant ritualistic actions during the Mass. After an investigation students use Fotobabble™ to record the meaning for the ritualistic actions observed.
Evaluate Phase: Polldaddy enables teachers to set up an online survey in minutes and start collecting responses in real-time. Teachers can conduct a survey with to get a discover what students know about a specific topic. Questions can range from simple CODE BREAKER questions to more complex TEXT ANALYST questions. Examples: E8-2 The Influence of Jesus: Use Code Breaker questions to see what students understand about a scripture passage about Jesus; E10-1 Personal Moral Responsibility: Conduct a survey ™ to get a discover what students know about factors which affect personal moral responsibility or a range of issues requiring moral decision-making.
Reflection Phase : Edmodo provides teachers a safe and easy way to connect and collaborate, offering a real-time platform to exchange ideas, share content, and access homework, grades and school notices. Teachers must provide the group code to students for them to join their class. Examples: A8-3 The Setting of the Gospels: Inquiry activity Create a “Israel at the Time of Jesus’” group and send everyone in the class the group code so they can view powerpoint, glogster, video summaries of student inquiry projects. A great Virtual Exhibition to showcase student work; C9-1 Images of Good and Evil OR E10-3 Working for Justice in Australia : In the News:Create a Current Events Group and allow students to post articles and blogs that are relevant to this topic. Review posts at the beginning of each class.