Thanks to Tracy Varner for this awesome blog post! In this lesson, she has skillfully integrated North Carolina Children's Book Awards, NC Kids Digital Library, the eWISE research model and DE's Board Builder in this one lesson. What an excellent example of seamlessly integrating technology into instruction. Great job, Tracy!
Our county has been provided with some awesome technology tools and resources that will make learning fun! Recently, in our media center, we integrated three of these to learn about a mysterious deep-sea creature—the Giant Squid!!
At our last PLC meeting, we were provided with a new research model that is concise and student-friendly. The model is called “eWise”, and consists of four steps (see photo).
During the first phase, students “Wonder”, by thinking of any unanswered questions or new information they may want to discover about a particular topic. To find answers to these questions, the next step is to “Investigate” by doing research, using appropriate Internet resources or other sources. Once new facts and information have been gathered, they must compile it and develop a means of presenting it, which is the “Synthesis” phase. Finally, students share this information with others, using the “Express” phase.
During our media classes, we’ve been reading books that are being nominated for the NC Children’s Book Award. This week, our feature book is a nonfiction book, Giant Squid by Candace Fleming and Eric Rohmann. One of the most current resources our county has been given, NCKids Digital Library, has this ebook available that we read as a group (see photo).
While reading the book, it was clear that there are still many unanswered questions about this mysterious sea creature---questions our students were eager to find answers to. Following the second phase of “eWise”, students investigated, using Chromebooks and appropriate Internet sources. National Geographic Kids was just one of the sources that provided some answers.
After investigating, students “Synthesized” their new facts and information, using Google Discovery Education Board Builder tool (see photo). This was also the perfect way to “Express” this information by sharing Discovery Boards with the class (see photo).
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