While we were talking about Co-operative learning in a class, it reminded me of a project we’ve done with my students just recently. I was extremely proud of how it turned out.
Here is what we did:
“I’m a reporter”
1. Students watched a video – a piece of news on the famous rope-walker Dean Potter.
2. In two groups of three they discussed what they understood from the piece.
3. Then, they were showed a silent version of the video and asked to write a script for it.
4. The students were allowed to use the Internet, but they essentially had to follow a news format, sticking to the facts and handling a certain discourse. At this stage, each student had a role: a searcher, a writer and a proof-reading expert.
5. Then, the students had to voice a video together and send me the audio file.
6. I edited the whole thing and returned it back to the students. They were exalted! It’s extremely rewarding to have an actual product as a result of the learning process. And they’ve done it together! Watch here!