So I have spoken about how I have used technology to transform the Data Handling Cycle into an international collaborative learning experience a few times but I haven’t written a set of simple instructions to this yet. So now I have decided to create my guide using the free tools from Google, G Suite for Education.
This is the most important part, finding your international schools to collaborate with. There are different ways you can do this but this was how I did it.
- Join Google Plus – plus.google.com
- Join GEG communities from the countries where you want to collaborate. GEG stands for Google Educator Group and there are hundreds of these in different countries around the world.
- Join GEG Connected Classrooms workshop – This is a community of Educators that want to collaborate.
There are other sites that also connect classrooms together eg. Belouga
Student Task 1:
- Put students into groups. Each Group has a topic:-
- Groups come up with questions for their topic with a mixture of
- They then select the best 5 for their topic with a mixture of responses
- Each group select a member to put questions into a class Google form – It is easier to have 1 form to send around the world then multiple forms.
Discuss questions with students and share countries doing the collaboration, getting students in their groups to hypothesise what the responses will be from the other schools. This brings some interesting preconceptions and conversations based on what people think/ know from the press and media.
Add some questions to the form about importance of key topics, Education, Politics, Religion, Energy conservation. Also add Location as a question – the data will need sorting when the are looking at it.
Share the form with your partner schools.
- Answer the questionnaire – share the form with your class for them to complete.
- Create a slide deck (Google Slides) with their topic and include their Hypothesis.
Check student knowledge of spreadsheets with Google Sheets. Students will need to be able to:
- Sort the data
- Copy data for their slides
- ‘Fix data’ – if repsonse has got a mixture of numbers and letters then they need to fix this before working on it
- Create a Chart – manually as well as using the tools.
- Find averages from selections
Analysis of data when it has been received
- Look for averages and compare UK v partner countries
- Create a chart – comparing responses
- Put charts/ data into slide deck.
- Annotate slides with dialogue
- Check against their Hypothesis and write a conclusion for their topics
- Compare details of extra questions
- Consolidate slide deck
- Arrange Google Hangout if possible with partner school and get students to present their section with the partner school.
- Allow time for social interactions and take a class selfie to share with the slide deck to the partner schools.
What else could you do?
Any variation on 20 questions: Location in the world, Mystery number, Reading clubs, cultural/social partnerships.
Why not take the opportunity to explore other ways of analysing the data like putting importing favourite Holiday destinations – into Google Maps.
Manually create charts, graphs and photograph them and upload into slides.
For Schools that have time-zones too far apart create a video to share with them!
If you do find this useful or do something similar or different then please leave a comment and share what you do.