One of the key skills on the Junior Certificate is Being Creative.
The key elements in regards to Being Creative are:
|2. Exploring options and alternatives
|3. Implementing ideas and taking action
|4. Learning creatively
|5. Stimulating creativity using digital technology.
Keeping this in mind – I want to look at Web 2.0 tolls which might fit into this theme of Being Creative!
5.Stimulating creativity using digital technology.
Powtoon is a creative tool which I think fits this category of the Key Skills perfectly! Though I have only been using recently – I find it has allowed be to be very creative and interactive with my lessons.
I have made three Powtoons so far and each has been easy to create and use in the classroom. No ads, no huge long trail, easy demo and best of all engages the students!
So far, it’s been a huge hit with the students as they are amazed that they can create a shirt video and have different elements come in at certain times. (Santa waving has been a huge hit with 1st years)
Additionally, I feel it’s also a great starting point if you are doing multimedia with a class as sometimes they are overwhelmed using Windows moviemakrer and other editing online products.
These are two web 2.0 tools I would highly encourage use of if trying to embrace the key skills into the classroom if teaching history.
According to the Key skills document:
Photos can be used in language classes, History, Geography, and lots of subjects to develop students’ capacity to imagine what it would be like to be in that moment. You might use historic images of people and events, or current images of people who are experiencing challenges or triumphs and ask students to imagine what they would think, feel and do if they were in the picture. Students might choose a character from a photograph and take on the role. Other class members can then question them in role. Or each group might be given a photo mounted on a large sheet of paper and then write what they think the character in the photo might be thinking and feeling.