I recently posted an entry about an activity I put together using the Understanding Map to look deeply at one photo (of elephants demolishing a hut). Yesterday I had the opportunity to do this again, this time with a small ESOL class.
Here are some of their responses from the initial See, Think, Wonder and then the Circle of Viewpoints Activity.
The ESOL teacher asked me to share some interesting technology photos - I sent her some - and she put it straight into her own version of the Understanding Map activity! I am so excited and can't wait to see if this works just as well with the different photograph. I hope to use this activity often, as it really helps student dive deep and to make their thinking visible.
Check out Helen Shayne's Understanding Map about New Technologies!
The activity itself can be easily adapt, by just changing the photograph! Here we added a photograph from the Robot Hotel, to help students discuss the impact technology has on our lives. The conversation and ideas were wildly different, but equally interesting and meaningful.