Unfinished example produced in class using the interactive whiteboard
Here's just an idea, rather than a complete lession plan, which originally came from Terry Freedman's excellent Educational Technology site. Terry suggested using a map of the internet for discussion but I thought it might be interesting to see if we could actually create our own maps.
A rough outline of the idea, which I tried out in a session with trainees currently taking their CELTA course at IH Barcelona:
- Divide learners into groups of 3 or 4, each to include a doodler
- In groups, brainstorm list of places they go on the Internet (inc. use of mobile devices); some (though not necessarily all) should be places they ALL go
- Take a quick look at an example map (see link, above)
- Turn the list into their "map of the internet" (a job for the doodler!)
- Share the finished map with rest of the class (blog, Edmodo, wiki…)
- Get "comments" from the rest of the class (is the map interesting…? exotic…? surprising…? artistic…?)
- General discussion (online and/or face-to-face in class)
In the session, one group used the interactive whiteboard (IWB) to produce theirs (shown above), while the rest used pen and paper; and the IWB group then gave a brief presentation of what they'd (so far) produced.
Time allowing, we could have agreed on other "places" the other groups would want to incorporate into the IWB map, so that we'd finish up with a single map, rather than a separate one for each group.
What do you think…? Is it a good starting point for a lesson, and is it good use of an interactive whiteboard?