Preparation of SOI
This comment is based on the learning scenario “The story of your name” created by Polish teacher Aneta Szadziewska. The students involved were 12-13 years old (7th grade). The learning scenario was implemented during Computer Science classes. The first part of the learning scenario was discussed online during the school closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic and another part was conducted at school.
The moments of learning
From the original Learning Scenario I decided to implement the following tasks: Discussion with the students about the etymology of their name, what their name tells about them, why nicknames or pseudonyms are used. They conducted a quick research about their name using Google and the site “Behind the name”.
The students also explored the ‘Who is who’ Learningapps and they connected famous people with their professions.
The reasons for using a pseudonym and the difference between a pseudonym and a nickname were also examined. After the discussion, the students used the Mentimeter Tool and created a word cloud (in Greek) answering the question “Why do people use pseudonyms?”. Then, using the same tool, they created a second word cloud “Describe your name in two words” (once again in Greek).
Creating a Jamboard document
A Jamboard document was created, in which all the students wrote what they found most important about their names using key words on colourful post-it notes.
Creating Mind Maps
The students were divided in groups and used the QR codes with links to the Europeana Collections in order to search for the biography of famous people that the learning scenario recommends, such as Edith Piaf, Maradona, Emily Bronte, Rafael, Mark Twain, Coco Chanel. Some students found it interesting to do the same for the famous singer “Lady Gaga”. The results of their searching were shown in beautiful mind maps , which were created with the aid of Popplet.
This learning scenario encouraged our students to wonder what is behind a name, which was a great opportunity for them to augment critical thinking: they looked up the etymology and story of their name and they also realized what the difference is between pseudonyms and nicknames. Moreover, they were encouraged to use the Europeana Collections to find the biographies of famous people of their choice and they made beautiful mindmaps, thus enriching their searching skills and creativity. All in all, the students learned to collaborate and communicate with amazing results. They worked in groups, organized information they found, created beautiful projects and then presented them in class using interesting ICT tools.
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