To begin an Investigation, students choose a topic that is important to them (say, dogs). Then, they create an essential question related to the topic (say, What are some ways that dogs communicate?). This is the step that many of my students have trouble with, and require a great deal of support.
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When the students have collected their information, the next step is to share it with others. In the past, my students did this by making a poster, which they presented orally to the classmates. These were then displayed in the classroom and students had a certain criteria (created collaboratively) to follow. Now students have so many more opportunities to share their learning. Here are some ideas:
- Create an iMovie. Post the movie to Youtube and create a QR Code for easy sharing in a newsletter, poster, class blog or school website. Click here for my blog on QR Codes.
- Use Explain Everything or other screencasting app to show what you've learned. Click here to see my blog post on this app.
- Use Skitch to upload an image and then add labels and descriptions. Use your class LCD projector to share your Skitch image or print it out.
- Create a Thinglink image. This is my new favourite tool. I wrote about Thinglink here. Check out the Thinglink example on dogs below (click on the image).
- If your students are a bit older (maybe Grade 4 and up), have them create their own website on this topic. I like Weebly for this.
- Use Book Creator to write a book on the topic. This is another app I want to blog about in the near future!
- Another great creation tool is Strip Designer. Students could use this app to create a comic strip of the information they've learned.
- Morfo would be a good choice if students have chosen to research an individual, or can convey a message through an individual. Upload a photo of the person and use the tools to make it seem as though that person is talking. It's a GREAT app!