Our grade three and four students have been using Web 2.0 tools as a way to create, collaborate and share in the inquiry process. Students have created 3-D storybooks entitled “The Diary of A Grizzly Bear”, a humorous account of the life of a Grizzly Bear in Alberta. We printed off story codes, which enabled us to view our stories using Ipads. The program allows the story to come to life in three dimensions.
Next students constructed Glog’s to share their knowledge of the regions of Alberta and the plant and wildlife that live there. Using the Glogster program students created posters using texts, graphics, animation, attachments and recordings of their own voice. The Glog’s were all assigned a QR code, which could be read using a QR code reader. The codes created by both the Zooburst and Glogster program allowed our students to easily share their work with the school community and they were thrilled by the positive feedback they received.
The next step in our inquiry journey is to create” Who Would Win Books” using an online storybook creator called Storyjumper. Students have chosen various animals native to Alberta to pit against each other in a virtual fight. The information presented in the books will allow others to form their own opinion about who would win. Using Web 2.0 tools has been very motivating for our students.
When asked how to describe our classroom students came up with “in Room 5 we are busy imagining, researching and creating.”
Raman and Carla currently share a spirited Grade 3/4 classroom at O.S Geiger School. They are passionate about fostering a love of learning in their students.