The topic of this learning scenario is Linguistic expression. It should be implemented in L1, in this case, the Croatian language. Pupils are at the age of 10 and 11 years old. It takes three hours for preparation and the teaching time is three 45 minute lessons.
Enabling students’ speech
The learning scenario is based on the interdisciplinary approach of L1 and Form teacher class. The lesson focuses on enabling students to speak and listen and to develop the ability to discuss and respect rules of discussion. It also encourages pupils to explore in a safe environment, using Europeana digital materials. Hopefully, it will raise their interest in STEM, change the teaching paradigm, stimulate positive attitudes towards learning. Using hands-on experience it should enhance their potential for constructive criticism. During the lesson, students play Kahoot, explore Europeana photos through QR codes, engage in a discussion by giving pros and cons of two different types of communication(modern and ‘old times’ forms of communication). At the end of the lesson, they also create mind maps about old and modern forms of communication.
Brainstorming about the Internet
In a first activity, students are divided into groups and they brainstorm about modern ways of communicating, devices usage and potential threats.
After that, pupils are using Kahoot quiz– Internet for the beginners, answering question-related to the topic, and collecting puzzle pieces to form barcodes designed with a URL link to Europeana photos.
Scanning Introduction to Europeana
Then, using tablets, students scan the barcodes which lead to Europeana. The teacher will introduce Europeana to pupils. They will learn how to search for free reusable online materials. The class will discuss every photo. What do you see in the photo? Is it free to reuse? Do you consider the object from the photo a modern way of communicating? Do you use it? When? For what purpose?
After printing each photo, students classify photos in two categories: modern ways of communicating and ‘the old way of communicating using a paper-based way of written communication’.
Discussing, Demonstrating, Debating
Then, pupils work in two teams. Every team will discuss the pros and cons of modern and old forms of communicating. Students are being asked about the object of their pictures: do you use it for communication and how often? How often do you write postcards and letters? How long does it take to receive a letter? Is ICT usage safe? Do we spend a lot of time using devices? What are the positive and negative aspects of usage? How would your life be without ICT? Every team will come to a conclusion and every other team can ask questions and say if they agree or not agree.
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