The Power of an Image

Are your students always enthusiastic about learning new things?

How do teachers introduce a new unit?

Using an image to provoke class discussion is something teachers have been doing for many years, but how about sparking an in-depth discussion with your class using said image?  This blog post is written to show how Google Apps, carefully chosen stimulus, and good questions can spark a good discussion and make them curious to start learning a new unit of inquiry.

SEE? THINK? WONDER?

  • What do you see?
  • What do you think is going on?
  • What makes you wonder?

CONNECT?

During a recent GAFE Summit, Kaori Sensei introduced me to this idea of connection.  Are students able to make a connection to the image in question?


Google Apps

I believe that using tech should not be used as a gimmick, and that should be purposeful.  Technology is a tool and should be used as such; to support and enhance teaching & learning.

 With that said, I have taken the above image and embedded it in a Google Form.  Often students are reluctant to feedback in front of their peers, but with the use of this form the feedback is anonymous and the quality of their work is much better.  I often use SEE  THINK WONDER with students to provoke discussion?  Most recently with my grade five class.


Next step: Use Google Sheets analyse your class responses and see what it looks like as a pie chart.


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How do you use an image to spark your students' interest?  I would love to hear from you with ways you are starting your Unit of Inquiry!



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