Additional means of engagement and expression: If you have access to a collaborative word processor like Google Docs or Microsoft Word 365, or an online form like Google Forms or Survey Monkey, you could list these questions electronically for students to then type their responses to.
Lead a discussion to find out any key issues that have come up in the small groups.
Some copies of the school newsletter (print or digital)
Examples of newsletters from surrounding schools (print or digital)
Lists of URLs of school newsletters. Search the web for these, they are easy to find as they are mostly attached to a school website.
Introduce the concept of big data. Show the Common Craft Big Data Explained video and discuss. Focus discussions on data collection.
Reducing working memory load: As an alternative approach for reduced complexity and to keep the lesson simple, focus on readership and how often parents and students read the newsletter. Explain to students that the goal of the newsletter is for parents and students to read it. Thus, students need to come up with ideas as to how to find out how many students and parents read it each week (or month). Once they come up with ideas, then ask if it would be easier if the newsletter was online, or via email, text message, or printed. Perhaps draw up a table (on the whiteboard or in a word document projected onto the board) where students can write down pros and cons for each method of distribution. You can extend this activity by then having students consider how phone/tablet/computer ownership affects readership.
Multiple means of expression: Alternatively, students can write or type up a survey. They could then go around and survey teachers and students and/or send a copy home for parents to fill out and return.
Mobile phone providers coverage maps
Online Survey websites e.g. Survey Monkey/Google Forms
Spreadsheet mapping app/website e.g. Microsoft Excel/Apple Numbers/Google Sheets/Open Office Calc.
Mind mapping/concept mapping app/website e.g. FreeMind, Inspiration, Popplet.
Flowchart can be hand drawn or composed using shape tools of desktop publishing applications such as Microsoft Word. There are also some online flowchart makers.
Flow chart videos
Basic Flowcharting Symbols
Students have an opportunity to discuss what they have learnt from this project. This could be in a report/blog/interview/demonstration format.
They should report on one of the following:
Students can report on goal setting, work flow, task management, collaboration.
Students can report on challenges that they overcame. Were there any that they didn’t?
Reflect on the following.(One way of doing this is with video software and a webcam on a computer or tablet. Record your thoughts at the start, during the lessons and at the conclusion. Another way to reflect is by blogging.)