The group I observed worked enthusiastically on the activities. They were particularly interested in the Bendigo Goal and Victoria Hill. Initially, the group allocated tasks according to the preferences of individuals. As the excursion continued, the roles changed.
The students operated the mp3 players to gain information with confidence. However they were a little apprehensive when they had to record their observations. I noted that the students’ anxiousness decreased as the day progressed and they felt more comfortable with their ability to record their observations.
Gaining information from podcasts?
The students were able to gain required information from podcasts with ease.
I believe the students were engaged when they used the mp3 players. Those who were listening to the podcasts were cast into the role of ‘expert’, which they seemed to revel in.
Using mp3 players as educational tools can result in value-added outcomes. The use of the mp3s in this group meant that a number of domains under VELS were addressed including Interpersonal development, Personal Learning, English, Humanities, Communication and ICT
I enjoyed observing the students. I found it interesting that, as the day went on, the students adapted further to the requirements of the tasks. They also enjoyed the competitiveness of the day.