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Making up SOLO stories with Year 7 students

I have a new Year 7 intermediate class for Technology. Today we were using SOLO taxonomy to do product research.

Here is the worksheet we were working through together :-

As we were going through all the levels of SOLO and explaining what each of them meant, we were referring to this poster that is on the walls of every class room at Tamaki College. I was pointing to each of the diagrams and getting the students to describe them.  We were then coming up with answers to the research questions together. Part of what we did today was try to really understand what each of the levels MEAN. To help this, we came up with a story.....Unistructural is a lonely little yellow block in the playground. He is by himself.Multistructural is lots of little green blocks in the playground. The are wandering around alone, not talking to each other.Relational is lots of little blue blocks walking round the playground with their arms linked. They are talking and telling each other what they like to do, eat…

Ubiquitous learning with Google

I was asked today to produce a graphic illustrating the "Ubiquitous" Google model for learning, to be used in a presentation tomorrow.
I tired hard to get out of using the word, but that was what Russel wanted so that is what he got. I admit to asking a student to have a quick look on Google to make sure I spelt it correctly.
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