I love being a teacher and I love being a soccer coach. But, those tend to get in the way of one another.
Being an international school, we compete with other international schools from all over Korea. I travel at least once a week, which means I need to miss school more frequently than I would like. It used to be very difficult to keep all of my classes engaged for an 85 minute period if I'm not there. But, because of the availability of great resources on the web, they become opportunities for students to be creative while learning something new.
I recently gave an assignment relating to nuclear power, and specifically, to the events in Japan. There is a lot of confusion about nuclear power and its role in society. There is a great webquest on nuclear energy put together by Ms. R Wadsworth and Ms. M. Shuck at Claremont Secondary School that I used and added to for the assignment.
The first part was a collaborative Q&A document students created and shared. This was simply the information gathering and served as a single location students could go to for information.
Second, they had to create a newsletter that could be given to someone that had zero prior information about nuclear power. They used the information from the GoogleDoc to build the newsletter. You can see some of the best ones in the slideshow below.
Third, I asked them to create an infographic on nuclear power as it related to Japan...not necessarily the tsunami, but in general. Many students had a hard time being creative with this, but some of the better ones are here...feel free to look through them and use them as exemplars if you're interested in doing something similar. They used this website to begin building the graphics.