Monday, 16 March 2015

Student Blogging: Education and Mind Maps

I designed this task for my students' blogs when we were discussing the topic "Education". This took place in the second term, after I revised my approach to the tasks. Namely, I decided to provide them with the material to work with (videos, interactive games, articles etc.) prior to the blogging task so that they could see and/or hear how active vocabulary is used. Additionally, the content of the offered material might inspire them to better shape their ideas and further express them. Thus, in this task my students had to watch videos on education to later present their views on the issues discussed. Their reflection had to be accompanied by a mindmap created in Coggle.


In the videos below you will hear two renowned and visionary educators, Sugata Mitra and Sir Ken Robinson, present their ideas on the present an future of education. While you're listening, jot down the ideas you find complelling, controversial or impossible to agree with, i.e. those that inspire you to express your own opinion on them. It is particularly important to single out the ideas that YOU personally find thought provoking.

Now that you have watched the videos, write a blogpost where you will include some ideas (not more than 4) that you've jotted down and express your opinion on them. Requirements: 200-250 words, 20-25 active vocabulary expressions.

Think about your own ways to improve education system in your country based on what you have learned from the videos. Present your ideas in a mindmap created with this tool: and add it to your blogpost. You will need to sign up using your google account.

A very rough example just to give you an idea what it looks like:

Once you've created a mindmap, you can download it as an image and paste in your blog, or choose the option "share publicly" (then you have to copy the code and paste it in your blog).


Some works by my students:

More on student blogging: Creating a Company (plus Voki tutorial), World News (Newsjack tutorial), Word formation, Vocabulary Web Tools.

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