Thursday, 1 December 2011

GoogleSites & ActivInspire in Grade 4

This video showcases one of the many websites created by Grade 4 students for their 'Balance of Nature' unit. Students began the unit by creating a food chain in ActivInspire, duplicating the page, and then editing it to become a food web, from the same biome as the food chains. 

This is a powerful example of 'Assessment for Learning', as students began creating their own section of the Grade 4 Google site at the early stages of this unit, and then with regular formative feedback, developed their site into the final product. 


Students wrapped up the site by taking home an iPod Touch which they used to record an 'Elevator Pitch*' ie, a message communicated in less than 30 seconds, related to the Action element from their chosen line of inquiry. These videos were uploaded to Google Docs, and then inserted into their GoogleSite, using a recently added Google Doc Video feature. 



*Elevator pitch
An elevator pitch (or elevator speech or statement) is a short summary used to quickly and simply define a product, service, or organization and its value proposition. The name "elevator pitch" reflects the idea that it should be possible to deliver the summary in the time span of an elevator ride, or approximately thirty seconds to two minutes.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia