Today our photography group has taken a couple of group shots to upload to the collaborative photography project. We took photos around school and tried to share how creative we are, make our shot unique, have fun with our ideas and show a little bit of school.
Our photography group is thinking about what images we could use to communicate information about ourselves. We explored some blogs, that show images of children, from around the world in their homes. Some of the images were quite difficult to look at, as they showed poverty and what appeared to be a hard way of life. We reflected on our own bedrooms and homes and thought about what they tell about us and our families.
A few snapshots of our science investigations as we delved into what it means to be a scientist! We shared our learning with the rest of the school and they gave us feedback. We reflected on our own learning and that you don't just 'do' a project then it ends. We are now spinning off on our learning and following areas of interest or developing Ted Talks to effectively communicate our discoveries with others. We found it hard to share our learning with 5 year olds as we had to use lots of visual prompts and adjust how we verbally shared some of the concepts.
Jaden and T.K introducing our sharing with some juniors. It was also Halloween!
We also learnt that you need to be flexible in your thinking, be able to justify your thinking and follow a process.
It was fun, engaging, at times frustrating and put us in the learning pit.
In today's workshop we talked about light and the 'rule of thirds' and have started to explore composition. It's a cloudy day in Auckland so the light is diffused and we will be trying to avoid it in our photography shots as it tends to make the pictures too bright.
We will be reflecting on our photos on our own (students) blogs and giving each other feedback. We have already discussed that what is communicated and interpreted could differ from person to person and this is a part of the magic of photography.
Here is a sneak peek of some of the exciting photography that our senior students are getting involved in. This photo, was taken by Charles, showing our school in this brand new community. Have a look at some of our new favourite links on the sidebar. Charle's Blog
I'm sitting here, with some kids who are attending a workshop on blogging. A couple already have set up accounts and are looking at adding gadgets and others are asking, 'what is a gadget?'
So, I'm modelling and sharing at the same time. We've chatted purpose (sharing thoughts, sort of like facebook, making connections with other like minds, and getting feedback with others) global connections online.
Some of the ideas are:
- Sharing a passion of photography See L-Js Blog
- Sharing findings from a student inquiry into google technology. See Nicola's Blog
- Sharing achievements with others and goals. See Cassady's Blog
I think it's been about a week since I first floated the idea of a class blog as a project. It's taken a week until I've had any questions or interest shown. The content suggests they think they'll be supporting me which makes me think I need to encourage them to dream bigger and realise they can drive this project! I'm wanting to create a space of student authorship and ownership however perhaps I need to think of additional scaffolds.
I've been pondering how to get the students involved in this blog. Traditionally, I'd have done a bit of a 'sell' but I want the process to ignite the intrinsic motivation of the kids and for them to be the creative owners. I also want create freedoms for the kids to make connections between real needs, tap into some empathy and put themselves in others shoes.
So....., my plan is to introduce this next Monday (see a snapshot of learning for the morning below) in a way that explores the problems, with kids owning this process as much as possible.
I'm hoping they'll make connections to a project like this one (or many) then we'll go from there...I recently watched a video about Google x projects (Intro to Moonshot Thinking) and it sparked some reflection on how we can mirror the collaborative process here in a school.
Our morning slot, in the senior common, for next Monday. A series of tasters to ignite some interests..
Often blogs are set up and run by teachers, with the main purpose to share celebrations of learning with parents. Teachers are at the helm, steer the ship and create the content. There's a lot of benefit in sharing in this way, connecting with parents etc however we want to push things further.
At Hobsonville Point School, in LC3, we honour student voice. They design the learning and we facilitate the journey. They have ideas, are active problem seekers and solvers. We don't want to stifle that but empower them and guide them to engage in meaningful learning.
This blog will evolve as we hand-over to our kids. They'll shape the design, purpose and populate this blog. They are the innovators, creators and bring the energy.
We're excited to see where this will go ... watch this space!