ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image) runs an annual Screen It Competition. Watch the Screen It 2014 Teaser Video for an overview of the competition. It’s aim is to foster, develop and encourage creativity in future film makers, games designers and animation creators etc. This year’s theme is “Reflection”.
My year 7 ICT class logged into the blackboard collaborate room to be part of a session that outlined the Screen It competition, encouraged the participants to share what “Reflection” means to them via the whiteboard of the chat, view last year’s award winning movie and then share on the following:
- how can photographs help us reflect
- how reflections help us contemplate the future
- how does it make you feel to reflect on your past, your family, your dreams for the future.
Students were engaged with this virtual lesson because:-
- they are individually logged on, can watch their own monitor and can join in the conversations via the chat or have a voice on the whiteboard.
- it was a well structured lesson
- 30 mins in total (just sufficient for year 7’s concentration span)
- captivating imagery used on slides
- variety of activities – listening, interacting, discussing 1:1 in the real classroom, clicking on links to watch the winning video – Visiting Grandpa from last year
- interactive activities eg encouraged to use the chat, emoticons, polling, writing on whiteboard making it all worthwhile.
- two links were given to watch the video should one of the links be blocked.
- there were classes, students and participants from across Victoria.
- links were shared for later viewing or re-viewing
- logging on 16 students simultaneously on individual computers, the java download took a little while, so some were late getting in. But next login will go faster as java is downloaded
- protocols – students need constant reminding to use the chat effectively and to use the whiteboard as asked and not to graffiti over it.
- encouraging everyone to simply use the text tool – some chose the pencil and this took up a lot of the whiteboard are.
This was a great addition to my double class of year 7 ICT where some of the boys find it very difficult to concentrate for 100 mins on one subject, but breaking up the activities, giving then an outside, expert speaker, a virtual and a physical classroom, made the time go fast and they had fun.