For the middle term of this year, we studied various technologies to use in our recording our learning instead of notebooking. We learnt to use digital/online apps to make audio files, cartoons, infographics/posters, videos, animations etc. The idea was that we learn to use a technology solution, then we use that technology in our learning. I chose to use our Bible study as the time we would record using digital technology. But it didn’t go well! Our Internet was just not up to the tasks – we spent more time being frustrated than creative, and our focus became on the Internet rather than on what we were learning from the Bible!
So we jumped ship – sad to say, that all those wonderful digital options are just not available to us at this time. But, we at least know they are there, and it did shake things up a bit, which was something we needed.
So instead of creating a Glogster (a digital poster on one subject where you can ‘paste’ a variety of different media presentations to create a digital project) and resorted back to a blog. Both Naomi and Daniel have blogs – though are very inconsistent with them. So at the end of our study I asked them to write a summary of our study on the 7 C’s of History (an Answers in Genesis resource giving an overview of the Bible). Where they did have other media projects completed they inserted these into their blogs. Naomi’s Daniel’s.
Even though the outcome wasn’t what I had hoped the kids still learnt plenty from this study – not to mention the patience they had to develop along the to handle the frustration and wasted time! It is good to reflect back at the end of a unit and intentionally consider the things that you did learn or grow in, otherwise the things that didn’t work become upmost in your mind.
We did learn:
- to talk to each other in discussion, bouncing ideas and answers from each other (the younger two have relied on the older two for so long now, this is a new skill for them to develop with just the two of them in a discussion)
- to take what we know and consider how to best communicate that idea to someone else
- to communicate issues of our faith
- We also reviewed the story of the Bible – God’s love for his creation as we discussed Creation, Corruptions (the Fall), Catastrophe (the Flood), Confusion (Tower of Babel), Christ, Cross and Consummation (the End).
- As we reviewed the main tenants of the Bible we also started to discuss worldview issues – what we believe about the Bible and what it says, affects all aspects of our life.