I have been keen on Zooburst since I first saw it last year. It is an engaging way to use technology to enhance writing and to showcase creativity, particularly( although not exclusively) in the early years. One of our p1 classes have been using Zooburst as their big assessment for this term. A Big Assessment is where children can show application of what they have learned over the last term and watching some of our youngest pupils tackle this task was a real revelation for me and made me think about how much do we really expect from our pupils? How easy it is for us to think, “I don’t think they will be ever manage this….” and how much of that thought really says “I don’t know how to teach them this?”
Watch this wee clip of these 2 Primary 1 children tackling the job at hand
- logging into the network
- browsing to the shortcut in a shared folder
- signing into the website
- finding the book they were working on and opening it for editing
- adding more pages, pictures and text including uploading previous creations from a shared folder
and all this with no adult intervention; they were clear in their intent, knew exactly what they were doing, why they were doing it and what their success criteria were. They had the skills and confidence to tackle this task – amazing to watch. There wasn’t just this pair though, there was a whole class doing this, working in pairs as part of a carefully planned, well taught series of lessons within a thematic approach.
Why don’t you have a read of their story below?
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