Earth Month 30-Day Challenge
During a conversation about “Earth Day” my students started naming simple ways to care for the environment on a daily basis. This led to the decision to extend Earth Day into Earth Month. We generated ideas quickly and needed a place to pool our findings...
Using the student’s educbe.ca accounts, and the Google Doc’s app, we co-authored a file where each student could access and contribute to the growing body of work. After that, we used the Google Sites app to create a private website where each of us could access a calendar populated with thirty of our environmentally-minded actions. Each day, the students worked collaboratively to generated ideas, typed them, shared them, assessed them and edited them, before eventually agreeing on a final set.
Later, it occurred to the students that we could share the site with other children in our school. So, we made the site public and promoted it to all of the students and families at our school. Earth Month became a community-wide event! Like all meaningful inquiry work, this whole process was born out of a classroom conversation.
The outcome, however, was born out of a shared willingness -- between the students and the teacher -- to learn how to use Google app’s as a learning tool.
So it goes, I recommend that my fellow teachers check out their educbe.ca accounts. They’re useful. :)
Bradley Brown enjoys writing sentences. He is writing one right now and enjoying it immensely. #teacher