BC Standard 3

3. Educators understand and apply knowledge of student growth and development. 

Understanding the Learner

One of my favourite projects I was involved in was connecting gifted learners at three different schools using Blackboard Collaborate.  At the school I was working at the gifted learners were not getting enriched. As a result I thought it would be an interesting opportunity to connect gifted students at three schools I had previously worked at.  Using Desire 2 Learn (an online learning management system) I created an online space that would allow for the kids to upload their work and engage in online discussions with each other with regards to their various inquiry projects.

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Every two weeks, the children would meet online using Blackboard Collaborate to discuss their projects.

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Using webcam, instant messaging, voice and visual, the students had conversations in the Blackboard Collaborate environment about their various projects.  They asked questions and challenged each other’s thinking.  I believe that this project pushed my students to engage critically with the topics they were exploring.  The projects that were created as a result of this “knowledge exchange” are a powerful testament to how integrating technology is critical when teaching.