Task #3: A photograph of learning actually occurring

Follow the steps and the task isn't as impossible as it might look…

This was the third of the easy, fun, meaningful tasks I suggested in my talk today.

It is easy — from the technical point of view. All you your learners have to do is point the camera and shoot, and then share it in some digital way (eg. on a blog, or as a PowerPoint presentation, as I suggested).

It is however more of a challenge. Can you actually photograph the actual instant learning occurs, and actually capture it on film? I've been trying for years and never really ever got close to it.

What your learners should aim for is a photograph in which they can then say "What we were trying to capture was…". The end-product is less important than the meaningful interaction that precedes it — though it is also true that working towards producing an end-product makes that interaction meaningful.

And, as I suggested, discussing the subject of when learning takes place first, before taking out the camera, will make it slightly less of a challenge, as well as creating the opportunity for the interaction to occur.

Stick figure storyboard

The stick figure storyboard (example above) will also help, and is again creative and fun to do…

The interaction — the use of language — is what is most important, together with the appropriate language assistance you (reactively) provide. But I think the challenge is what I like about this task: we should be challenging learners in classrooms…

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  1. While I was getting you to do this task, one of you commented that "this is a bit of a strange activity".

    I accept that. Perhaps it makes more sense if you introduce it the way I did: that I actually have a genuine interest in the subject, a genuine doubt in my mind, is it possible to capture learning taking place in a photograph? How could I do that…?

    To the learners, it probably works best if you break it down into separate classes: first discuss how learning takes place — for them, as individuals. Then, on a different day, bring up the subject of attempting to photograph (tableau) it.

    As I remember it, the "strange activity" comment referred particularly to the drawing of the stick figure. However, I would suggest that (a) the stick figure storyboard makes taking the photo easier and, more importantly (b) provides further opportunity for interaction. Additionally, (c) it provides another piece of "artwork" for display…

  2. Hi, if you're on the EVO IWB session with me!

    I think this is an activity that might work well with an interactive whiteboard… both for discussion and presentation.

    What do you think?

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