Using Technology to Promote Leadership, Collaboration, Critical Thinking, and Inquiry Based Learning
The Grade 6 students at Holy Cross were invited to attend an engaging student-led technology exploration session.
The purpose of the session was to demonstrate the variety of technology, coding, and robotics available at the school and how they might incorporate this into their learning.
Mrs. Sloan’s nine Grade 6 students were tasked with providing hands-on support to the other 75 Grade 6 students while promoting a learning environment where students felt comfortable and safe exploring technology.
These students will then complete an inquiry-based learning project around the Flight unit in Science. Students will be encouraged to demonstrate their learning and understanding of the properties of air, the forces of flight, and how flying devices impact society and the environment while incorporating some type of technology (eg. Makey Makey, Scratch coding, Sphero, Ozobots, etc.).
Teachers provided students with curriculum expectations, an opportunity to perform experiments, and guiding questions to direct the final culminating task.
Both those in attendance and the student facilitators benefited from a process of inquiry, collaboration, troubleshooting, and critical thinking. These skills will continue to be honed as students explore these concepts with and without technology.