Welcome to section 1 which focuses on Creating Trails
Within this section we focus on Creating Trails through five themes: Newscasts, Spare time activities, Hacking Nature, Outdoor games and Mapping Nature – Bird Marking.
We wanted to create trails from our school to the community and explore cultural similarities and differences across countries. We used apps and tools such as greenscreening and Tellagami, iMovie and Book Creator to create various types of trails in our localities. We then swapped them with classes in other countries to find out about games, schools, celebrations and hobbies in the different countries. The outcomes were a range of digital artefacts that showed the similarities and differences between the countries.
The structure for this section
There are three parts to this section. In the first part, ‘See and Think’, we share our work with you across our five Creating Trails themes. In the next two parts we ask you to reflect and plan to develop a lesson idea, and then to share your thoughts on our online community.
Here is a bit more detail:
- The first part A: See and Think (Units 1 to 5) explores the themes for this section. You will spend time reviewing all five separate units; each containing an introductory case study, some examples from practice and a lesson plan which could be a starting point for the theme. This part will take you approximately 1h 15m in total. You will then choose one unit idea to take forward to part B: Reflect.
- For part B: Reflect you can choose between two 30-minute tasks:
- (more general) – reflect on how the ideas from this module relate to your previous teaching experiences and how they might impact on your future teaching.
- (more specific) – develop a lesson idea based on one of the units and reflect on how you will put it into practice.
- For part C: Share you will spend 15 minutes:
- sharing your work by posting in the Online Community adding an image or link to illustrate your ideas if you can.
- commenting on at least two of the other participants’ posts.
We are excited to hear your thoughts on the themes and hope that you will find it really useful to exchange ideas with everyone in the community.