This week in 6EK we have been very excited with the arrival of an old suitcase from the Melbourne Immigration museum. This suitcase is filled with objects and photos which tells the stories of five immigrants that have come to Australia. The reasons and times that these people have migrated vary but there stories all make us remember that without different countries’ traditions and cuisine Australia wouldn’t be the same country that it is today.
The five people that we looked at were Setsutaro Hasegawa from Japan, The Gung Family from China, Karl Muffler from Germany, Zurlia Ismail from Indonesia and Nickel Mundabi from Africa. We made a presentation that described the life of each of these.
After we had explored each migration story in small groups we then wrote a diary entry.
- What did you learn from the suitcase?
- What was your favourite story?
- What would your families story be?
We have been looking at Australian History this term. Below are some of our Presentations on different Australian Explorers.
- What did you learn about Australian Explorers?
- Did you learn an interesting fact?
- Is there an explorer who you would like to do more research on?
On Friday the year 5 & 6 students went to Scienceworks as part of this terms IBL topic – “What happens when nature goes wrong?”
Below are some of the students reflection posters.
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- What did you like most about Scienceworks?
- What did you learn from “Our Living Climate”?
- Would you recommend for other students to go to Scienceworks?
Julian, Ella, Joseph and Amy:
Alex, Charlie and Jesse
Fraser, Isabelle and Shaun
Jasmine, Madeleine and Naeve
Will and Anthony:
Toms, Patrick and Callum:
Claudia and Breianna
Cecilia, Mary and Maggie:
- What did you learn about a 21st Century Learner?
- What did you like most about our RAT’s (Rich Assessment Tasks)?
- What do you like most about being a 21st Century Learner?
Today we introduced our Inquiry topic for the term.
‘What is a 21st Century Learner?’
This question created a great discussion within our classroom. But, we did not use the tradition method of brainstorming on the whiteboard, we used Verso app.
This app allowed each student to share their response with the class anonymously. This app created a fantastic discussion about what a 21st Century Learner is and if it just included using technology, or rather the whole set up of a classroom where students direct their learning.
Some interesting points of discussion that were created included
- We use a range of devices including Chromebooks, iPads, Computers, Blogs to support our learning
- A 21st Century Learner is using technology to help them learn and share their learning with others.
- When we use this much technology, will the risk of cyber bullying increase or decrease with the new technology?
- In the olden days they learned so much different to a 21st century learner. We use modern technology, and have a more free decision to learn about what we want to learn, like genius hour. What do you think is the biggest difference between a 21st century learner and an olden day learner?
- A 21st century learner is a very successful learner because we have so much technology that can help us to be successful in what we do.
- Would a person still using books and paper still be a 21st century learner or not?
- What would a learner look like in the next 5 years and how would that be different to now?
- I think a 21st Century Learner is, someone that uses different types of technology to find an answer.
These are just a few of the discussion questions answered and discussed by the students in 6EK.
- What did you like most about using Verso App?
- Do you have any other suggestions on ways we can continue to use VersoApp in our classroom?
- Would you recommend Verso app to others and why?