Christmas is Christmas no matter where you go, right?
Not so as Grade 4 students at Lynn Fripps Elementary have found out in a project that combines Christmas, computers and classwork.
Technology teacher Jennifer Fernandes tasked the students with finding out how Christmas is celebrated in different parts of the world.
They didn’t just have to learn about it. The students had to then create an ebook on their chosen geographical topic, part of the move to incorporate more technology into learning even at the younger grades.
“What I was assessing in this project was basic research skills – digging through websites to find accurate bits of information, then putting it into their own words –, the use of all functions of the app – changing font, size, colour contrast, design elements, appropriate photos and personal touch,” Fernandes explained. “Collaborative skills and problem solving if sharing an iPad for the project or asking others questions to help them problem solve.”
She has students right from kindergarten through Grade 5 learn about making ebooks.
“The skills learned in technology class are relatable to other research skills within their education,” Fernandes said.