Continuing our lessons on Communicating with Technology.
This week we are incorporating our Bible Studies into our technology studies with learning to use online Bible study tools with doing a word study. There are many online Bible tools and many websites – my favourite at the moment is: Bible Hub . While digging into the word ‘repent’ we discussed:
- Studying like the Bereans
- Different Translations
- Strong’s Concordance
Technology wise we focused on
- discerning after a Google search (remembering our Character trait during this unit is “discernment”)
- online dictionary
- using Browser tabs
- familiarising ourselves with a websites navigation options
- Using an online Parallel Bible and Strongs Concordance
Media Studies #8: Strategic Searches
We looked at Strategic Searches today using this lesson from Commonsense Media. We looked at the importance of effective and efficient searches. The kids did the assignment at the end of this lesson where they had to use the tools and strategies we had talked about to locate a public park for a corporate picnic.
Do you and your kids know how to find the information you want quickly? This was an excellent lesson to start thinking on smart searches.
Media Studies #9: Communicating with Comics
Comics have generally been used to communicate humour but in this image rich generation graphic novels are becoming simply another way to communicate. Today we looked at various comic generators and started to play around and tell a story.
It was interesting to see people’s different learning styles and gifts come into this lesson. Daniel loved the idea and started creating straight away. Naomi who loves to draw was frustrated because she was using ‘clip art’ and that felt limited and childish to her. Me, I just wanted to use words and had a hard time thinking in images!
The purpose of this unit isn’t to get everyone to communicate in the same way but rather to expose my children to the different options and to encourage them to give something new a go.
Resources I found helpful:
- Cartoon-making resources from Educators Technology
- I appreciated this slideshow giving me ideas to use comics in the classroom (aka learning opportuntieis) as well as links to many resources.
Tomorrow I intend to revisit the comic tools but I will be more directive in the outcome (today was about discovery). I want to brainstorm where we get ideas from, write a story outline and then transfer that to a comic strip. Here’s a few online lesson plans that I’ve used to pull my thoughts together:
Here’s my first effort in communicating with a comic (made at stripgenerator– connected with an idea I’m blogging about later in the week.