I'm Chelsea Donaldson and I am a fourth year teacher. I teach in a digital 1:1 learning environment and am passionate about using technology to engage and extend my learners. I'm all about making my lessons
engaging and fun, and creating a safe, inclusive and happy
classroom. This year I am teaching an awesome class of year 7 & 8 learners at Glen Innes School, and documenting my learning along the way.
Monday, 1 May 2017
Life Lessons with Short Films & Nearpod
Last term I did an awesome lesson which used two of my favourite apps - Youtube and Nearpod. As the term was coming to an end, I felt that my students needed to be reminded of the importance of acceptance, kindness, non-judgement and tolerance. I was talking to one of my workmates, not sure of what to do on a Friday. She said that she often used YouTube as a starting point for writing. She uses CGI short film animations. This got me thinking about how I could use film to help teach some concepts that I felt my learners were forgetting. Then I remembered The Present.
The Present is a very powerful clip that my kids loved! We watched it twice before beginning our Nearpod. I chose to let it run through without stopping or asking questions because I wanted them to take in the film as a whole.
My first activity on Nearpod was using 'Collaborate' where students had to retell the most important bits of the film. I was impressed by the level of engagement. As always, I use their ideas as a starting point for further discussion/elaboration.
The next activity was an 'Open Ended Question'. This was an inference question, which asked students to think about why the mum wanted to give his son a present. The next activity was a 'Collaborate' asking Why did the boy get so angry when he noticed what was wrong with the dog? The students were able to come up with some insightful ideas for both questions.
Next, students shared their opinions on the boys reaction to dog, and whether it was right or wrong.
Lastly, students shared their ideas about what the message was that the author/creator was trying to tell their audience.
Creating a DLO
After all the discussion that was drawn from the Nearpod activity, my learners created DLOs to share their learning. I let them create anything they wanted. They created Comics, Google Drawings, wrote poems, recounts and wrote explanation pieces.
Summing it up
Overall I was pretty pleased with how this lesson went. My learners were really engaged and it created a great opportunity to discuss being grateful, kind and non-judgemental. They loved the film and Nearpod helped them to feel eager to share their ideas with the class. Creating a DLO was a great way for me to see what they took away from the lesson. It was cool to see the broad range of DLOs created.