Museum-based transnational collaborative learning activity Natural History Museum - LONDON

Alexandra Duarte (Portugal) & Marika Bitsakou (Greece)

MOTIVATION: on an online bulletin board (Padlet), students from both countries share their impressions from museums they visited in the past, including if these museums were visited in a school context or with their families.

OBJECTIVES: - develop collaboration and project work; - practice English with authentic materials and in authentic settings; - foster students' skills for investigative work in a memorable / innovative way; - enhance science knowledge and language skills; - improve digital literacies; -...

ACTIVITY DESCRIPTION: There are three distinctive steps as shared in a previous task (Before / During / After).

BEFORE. 1. - Prepare for the new experience: - Teacher explains how the virtual museum works and locate the museum with google maps; - comparison with the visit to a traditional museum; 2. Prepare for the activities: - Teacher asks the students to search for new vocabulary online such as meteorite, mammoth, the man from Neanderthal, Ice Age, DNA, protein, Ecosystems, Biodiversity, Digitised data and to find pictures to illustrate the learned concepts; - Pair building with Wheeldecide; - The pair chooses to study one theme among: DNA-heredity, Biodiversity-importance for Earth, meteorite-results after falling, what is the “Effect of Land Use", Digitised collection.

DURING: 1. Observe: - The pair accesses the virtual museum and selects one item from the collection; - They select the info & watch the video; - 2. Answer: - Using a googledoc, the pair writes their answers to where / when / what / how; - The pair also produces a very short text on the most impressive thing from this exhibition to be shared, along with the picture and collected info, in an online presentation (they are free to choose the tool)

AFTER: 1. Reflect: - Discussion: What Sts liked and didn’t like is freely expressed in an AnswerGarden; - Follow-up using Dotstorming to discuss and poll on the topic: Can we ensure a sustainable future for our planet Earth? 2. Present: Using the eTwinning platform, schedule a joint online session to share the pairs' presentations. 3. In a googledoc, a common text will be written on this experience in order to be shared by both schools on Social Media platforms. 4. Evaluation: the same transnational pairs / teams create games for their classmates.



EVALUATION / ASSESSMENT: For the students to further practise the newly acquired or consolidated knowledge also shared by their fellow classmates in their presentations, each pair will be asked to devise an activity for their peers to play, using puzzles (for example, making use of PuzzleMaker) or any other activity using LearningApps. This way the teacher would also know how much the students learned and if his/her goals had been achieved.

BY Alexandra & Marika
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Alexandra Duarte

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