It’s been a while since I’ve posted – time tends to run away when there’s so much to do. Our Flickr project has come to an end, and I haven’t even been able to keep up with what’s been happening.
I’m not going to let the opportunity for reflection, evaluation and showcasing escape. It will be done – eventually.
This week I hope to start asking students and teachers for feedback. This will take the form of questioning on the ning, as well as recording interviews which I hope to start today.
Here are some questions for student evaluation:
1. What did you enjoy the most about the Flickr project?
2. What, in your opinion, didn’t work for you?
3. How could this project have been improved or done differently?
4. What sorts of things have you learned?
5. What was the most valuable thing you learned?
6. What do you enjoy about connecting with students from other countries?
7. How important is the photo in the writing assignment?
8. What did you enjoy about other people’s photos?
9. What did you learn about taking photos?
10. What was your favourite/What were your favourite weekly theme(s)?
11. What was the most interesting thing you learned from another student?
12. What have you learned about other cultures?
13. What sorts of things do you have in common with students of other cultures?
14. What do you think are the main differences between you and students of other cultures?
15. Would you like to visit/live in the USA or Finland? How has the project influenced your answer?
Some questions to ask teachers:
1. Did you enjoy the project? What were the highlights?
2. What did you expect from the project at the outset?
3. Did the project meet/exceed your expectations? In what ways?
4. How did you find the collaboration? online/global aspect; time differences; school term differences, etc.
5. What difficulties did you experience during the project? What worked and what didn’t?
6. How would you do the project differently if you did it again?
7. What do you think students gained from the project?
8. In your opinion, how important a role did the photo play in the writing?
9. Was this project an enhancement for students? Which ones in particular (were there any surprises)?
I’ll be responding to these questions myself because I think that an evaluation is the only way to truly learn from something. Some of these things are only half-formulated in my mind, so this exercise should help me think more deeply and define what I think.
So what does the quote – If all your kids do is learn to read and write, they won’t be literate - mean to me?
There’s a bigger answer to this, but for now I’ll give the smaller answer, the answer relevant to the objectives and outcomes of this project.
The learning that has taken place here has been learning with and from other people - students who share interests and passions with each other regardless of their geographical location.
Instead of learning from a book, a fact sheet or article provided by the teacher, our students have learnt from each other.
Their learning has been sparked by curiosity, a desire to connect with peers, natural dialogue, and an opportunity to share and be creative within a stuctured but relaxed framework.
They have learned by asking, by reading each others’ contributions – within an online community.
They have done this with respect for each other and through positive comments. This is much more than just ‘reading and writing’.
More about this later….