Lecturing students doesn’t ensure they will remember anything you say, and it’s important to apply material to the real-world to give students context. A more ambitious idea? Turn the material you want to teach into a collaborative, interactive, global project!
Adam Bodley, who writes a blog called Biology Cheewit, recently decided to use Flipgrid to teach and provide context to students about something very complex to understand: the world’s biomes.
Bodley explains the project, saying, “Briefly, we each had our classes do research about our respective local biomes, surroundings, and cultures. The students then developed clues relating to their research. I had my students write the clues out as scripts which would form the basis of video messages they recorded using the Flipgrid app. The students in my colleague’s class then viewed the videos, and my students viewed theirs. The students then submitted written questions to each other using Padlet, with which to try & glean more information in order to guess the location of each other’s school. The great thing about this approach is that it can be done asynchronously, avoiding any difficulties arising from being in very different time zones.”
With the help of Flipgrid, Adam’s students were able to collaborate with a classroom from a completely different part of the world. They interacted with the material in a completely different, and might we say more FUN, way than if it had just been taught through a lecture in class.
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