A while back we had a PD afternoon themed around inclusivity. For me, this was the perfect opportunity to introduce HyperDocs to my colleagues. HyperDocs are interactive worksheets - they are a little different to printable worksheets, because they have links to a digital resources, and students also answer digitally, (which can mean they contribute to collaborative work). I think they are a great way to flip the classroom or for blended learning - students can work at their own pace and the teacher can assist those who need extra help.
My top tips for HyperDocs:
Here are two of my HyperDocs:
Finally saw some resources to get you started with creating your HyperDocs:
We will be visiting Union Square Station to get food while in Washington DC. Students, in groups, including a teacher, will interview people in the station.
IB Global Context: Globalization and sustainability (exploration: interconnectedness of human-made systems and communities)
One of the more lighthearted activities we have planned for our Grade 10 trip to Washington is Classical Art Memes!
Global Context: Personal and Cultural Expression (exploration: social constructions of reality)
We will start off this activity, with the serious prompt "What is Art?"...
...we will then move onto "What is a meme?"
We will then show some students come classical art memes we have found online, (best to do this, instead of letting them freely search, because some online are inapropro...)
Students will be tasked with creating their own.
We may also let them use any photo manipulation tool they want... Here is an example of people using the Face App on works on art:
This activity can easily be adapted for any art gallery...
On last year's trip we seemed to spend a lot of time at the airport waiting at the gate -to make sure we start off the trip well, we decided to add an activity here!
IB Global Context: Scientific and Technical Innovation (exploration: adaptation)
The students will get sent a link to the presentation below. It includes information from one of our colleagues, Dennis, a former pilot - as well as the prompt: The plane you are going to fly today may one day also be in a museum. Technology is constantly evolving and adapting and that includes planes! What do you think travel will look like in 30 years time? Students will write their thoughts in their journals.
We think students will get a kick out of seeing these old pictures of Dennis. We will also have them make connections with this presentation when they visit theNational Air and Space Museum in Washington!
What other ways can we kill time while waiting at the gate? I'll bring a few card games, but other ideas would be appreciated :)
Every year our school takes Grade 10 to Washington DC. Last year I became a Grade 10 advisor (to line up with also becoming their Personal Project Coordinator), so had my first ever visit to DC. Two of my colleagues (and friends!), Ilse and Sherry, have been working on changing the experience to make the trip morning meaningful and to link more to the IB - With the help of some thinking routines and the IB's Global Contexts. They brought me on board after their initial planning to help them with the activities.
Throughout the trip, students will be adding notes to a journal. The activities we have designed are supposed to be short and sweet and will not take up the whole time they are at any particular location.
I will share several of the activities on this blog, so that other educators may use them in they are also visiting DC.
Our activity for the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
IB's Global Context: Identities and relationships (exploration: Identity formation; self-esteem; status; roles and role models).
This museum opened shortly after our last trip, so none of us have been there yet. However, we were able to use resources we found on their website. When students arrive at the museum, they will sort themselves in small groups, and will each be given a double sided card. On one side they will see the object they should find when walking through the museum - on the other side they will find prompts to answer before and after seeing the object, (we think there might be a bit of a wait outside)!
Here's a link to the presentation - feel free to make a copy and adapt it for your school. You can also find out more about these images on the NMAAHC website here.
More posts about our Washington DC plans soon :)