Culture Cycling

Picture: The longest birch alley in Finland.

TOPIC

Culture Cycling – Learning The Historical Sights and Places in our Neighbourhood

INTRODUCTION

In August 5th graders of Armfelt School spent one school day outdoors and had a Culture Cycling. All 5th graders (amount of 46 pupils) cycled approximately 16 kilometers route during the day. Along the route they took photoes and video clips. The day was ment to be relaxing and refreshing experience both in nature and in historical environments. There were no other tasks than taking photoes and videos. We had decided that things we see, find and experience are processed afterwards at school. We have many times found out difficult to follow kind of a traditional ’’tourist sidhtseeings’’. This time we took it more like ”chilling out with friends” and saving everything in our iPads to look back and learn more. That’s the way it goes in pupils’ real life too in their opinion: First you take a picture, then consider whether to publish it or not and after that, or while doing it, you’ll make your statement of the thing you experienced. We could also identify as historians gathering information while moving around.

GOALS:

To learn safety way of cycling in group.

To experience and to get to know historical, remarkable sights of Halikko.

To focus and crop pictures and videos.

To produce a video, that tells about the highlights of the day and introduces historical sights, using iPads and iMovie app.

To learn to read and benefit different signs in our environment.

To learn to show and tell the route with map using Explain Everything app.

ACTIVITY/METHOD:

Individual or pairwork, groupwork while learning the apps needed. Learning by doing.

MATERIALS:

Hiking equipment for cycling, iPads from school.

LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS:

Outdoors, classroom and different silent places at school. Pupils could suggest the best place for them.

USE OF ICT, APPS, WEBSITES:

Ipads, IMovie, Explain Everything, maps from maastokartat.fi, different websites telling about historical sights.

PUPILS’ ACTIVITY LEVEL:

Very high

NEW IDEAS:

Editing and publishing the videos in co-operation with culture department of Salo. Having a Culture Cycling day every year with different sights and levels depending of the grade.

ASSESMENT:

Teacher feedback during the process of finding information and editing. In pairs or in little groups of pairs during the process. In the end of the process pupils should be sure of the information and screenplay of their videos before publishing it to each other. Pupils give feedback and point out the strengths of each video straight after having watched it.

Written by: Heli Meriläinen, Class teacher

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Learning animal cell in various ways

INTRODUCTION

We are studying animal cell structure by activating students to do something concrete and touchable with modelling clay or drawing with chalk and making a video.

Made by Kati Ahlqvist, Armfelt school, Salo, Finland

TOPIC

Animal cell structure and meaning of organelles

GOALS

Goals of transversal competences or 21th century skills

  • thinking and learning to learn
  • ICT competence

Goals of biology

  • to learn the structure of animal cell
  • to learn meaning of organelles
  • to use ICT
  • to work individually and collaboratively in the classroom and outdoors

ACTIVITY / METHOD

Students build an animal cell with modelling clay, they make little notes and name the organelles. Then they study the meaning of organelles and explain them to teacher.

Students draw an animal cell with chalk outside on asphalt. Then they take pictures or videos of their drawing. They make a video of the material and add organelles names and meanings.

MATERIALS

  • modelling clay
  • chalk
  • iPad or phone

USE OF ITC, APPS, WEBSITES

  • taking photos or video
  • editing video
  • iMovie

STUDENTS ACTIVITY LEVEL

High or mediate. If they do this in groups editing video activates only one or two students.

NEW IDEAS

You could collect a vlog of different subjects of human biology.