Recently I came across this blog post titled, ‘A lesson at the Zoo: Enhancing Field Trips with iPads‘. The post outlined how a group of 20 odd teachers were involved on a trip to the zoo to investigate how iPads could enhance an excursion!
So, after reading this, what BETTER way to investigate this further than tagging along on our recent year 6 excursion to Melbourne, primarily visiting Fed Square, the NGV, Birrarung Marr, and the famous Hosier Lane, known for it’s outstanding examples of street art.
The day’s events were for students to look at an investigate various forms of art and art work and to look at the differences between them. As mentioned already, the viewing of the street art was sensational, as was the art exhibition in the NGV (National Gallery of Victoria) showing top Year 12 student Art Work. We also focused upon Aboriginal Art in both painting and sculpture form which was a real eye opener to the students.
Throughout the day, in the rain!, students were taking pictures and video footage of what they saw. To see approximately 120 students wandering around taking photos with their iPads was great and some examples of the photos that they took was outstanding!
The task for the students, which i am sure will be directed to an extent from their great teachers, is to utilise the footage and information that they took and sourced to create some excellent informative pieces about their excursion. For students to be utilising mobile technology to build and enhance their learning is certainly a great thing and to see from a teachers point of view. Students engaged in the task, using technology, collaborating with other peers, and demonstrating highly ordered thinking skills.
Once the students have completed their presentations i’ll be sure to get them here for you all to see!