Using iDevices, class 6b have been on a virtual field trip to various global destinations. Their job was to investigate the destinations in order to write a travel guide. I pushed the lesson to all the class using Dropbox, in groups the children then read the learning objectives and discovered their destinations (New York, Rio or Moscow).
I had already asked the children to download relevant apps for their cyber-journey (world travel guides, aroundertouch, upnext 3D cities, easy atlas, google earth etc). At first children simply explored their respective cities interactively. We then spent time looking at examples of interactive travel-guides and their content.
We made a comprehensive list of areas of expertise (hotels, restaurants, nightlife, travel, phrases, do’s and don`ts, currency, must see places etc), the children then chose their preferred area of study and started their detailed research. Some chose to take notes on their iDevice whilst others straight onto a Laptop. Working both independently and collaboratively, the children then completed the research and moved onto another subject area.
Eventually, using MS Publisher their notes were re-written and they created their travel guides. Using ‘FlipSnack’, we then converted the Publisher Files to interactive books which you can see below (with Flash). It was the first real test of the children being completely in charge of their own learning using the iDevices. I was able to facilitate the proceedings whilst the children were mature, able and motivated enough to produce some outstanding travel guides that they can be extremely proud of.
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