In the 3rd-5th grade A.C. Williams Gifted and Talented (GT) classes, we just finished a unit over the Day of the Dead. To start the unit, students were able to have real-world experiences using the Google Expeditions app and Virtual Reality headsets to explore the actual Day of the Dead festival in Mexico.
Students then began their independent research over things that interested them about the Day of the Dead festival. Students had complete control over their learning and were able to decide what they wanted to research and share with the class. After completing their research they organized their findings into a Google Slide presentation. Students had to have a total of 6 slides, with 1 title slide and 5 informational slides.
When their presentations were complete and they were ready to share their learning with their classmates, they submitted their presentations on a Padlet. On this Padlet, students were able to view each other's work and provide feedback to one another over their presentations.
I believe that our GT students had a blast in this unit and I know that I will continue to use these wide variety of resources to engage my students and enhance their learning.
Heather Kilgore & CISD Tech Team
District Instructional Technologist Team for Commerce ISD. Sharing the great things happening in the classrooms in Commerce ISD.