Earlier on this year it was National Action Day against Bullying and Violence
In ICT, Year 7 students were to watch a couple of pertinent videos and discuss bullying. However, based on past experience, only a few students will speak up and the majority will usually remain silent. It was decided to book a virtual classroom in blackboard collaborate where each student could (and did) use the backchannel and the whiteboard to share their experiences, feelings and question. The following questions were posed:
- What is bullying?
- What does bullying look like?
- Where does bullying occur?
- How does bullying feel?
- Do you feel safe at school?
- How can we make school safe?
- What can you do if you are being bullied
At the conclusion of the virtual discussion, the girls approached me and wanted to create a video on “Bullying is not good”. Within a short period of time, the girls, using the discussion pointers and outcomes, put together a movie using MS MovieMaker. This video was later shared the year 9/10 girls health class.
A month or so later, I was alerted to a tweet by Gail Desler, an early online colleague of mine.
— Gail Desler (@GailDesler) May 1, 2014
Gail Desler and Natalie Bernasconi co-curate the Digi-ID challenge. It was decided to participate in this opportunity and the deadline was extended for a few days so we could be involved. The year 7 girls modified their movie so their faces were no longer showing. Students in Girls Health subject were also encouraged to contribute to this Digi Citizenship project in a short, tight time frame. Below are the final results – 2 interesting videos against bullying, from student perspectives.
Why this worked well?
- giving every student a voice in a backchannel and on an interactive whiteboard
- having an authentic project to get involved in.