This project has been a fantastic learning experience for the students. I am amazed by their team work and the effort they have put in beyond school time. They have shown enthusiasm and skill in applying digital technology to the project. You can read my previous blog posts to know the process of this project and what the students achieved from it.
After spending three weeks in this project, besides all the positive aspects in the teaching and learning activity, there are certain concern that I would like to address here:
1, The amount of time spent on a project is normally longer than the curriculum setting.
It is necessary to maintain a good balance in between project based lessons and other normal classroom teaching and learning activities. Teacher must make sure that the core value of a project is to carry students into deep understanding of the taught concept or the research problem.
As Phylosophy of ISB PK-12 World Language states, " We believe world language learning happens best with a communicative approach, where learners actively construct and monitor their understanding through meaningful engagement that often extends beyond school setting."
Project based learning seem to meet above requirement with a great deal."
2. Having respect for the copy right when students go online searching for images, pictures ...is important part of teaching. I noticed that some of the pictures used in students' project work are from Google image. I should have emphasized on this before the project is started.
3. Lastly, during the process of project, we confronted the frustration of having not enough laptops in school computer carts. Some students used their own laptops with different softwares built in, different brands...and their project made in their own laptops can not be played in school laptops, ....this happens from time to time, and this caused the delay of submitting their work punctually as they need to make adjustments to their project, or make it worse, they have to redo the work once more.
When this problem occured, I start to admire the 6th graders in ES ISB becuase these students will have 'one to one' laptop program next year. When will this move up to HS?