iServi News | 28 May 2021 | Term 2, Week 6
Digital tools and technologies, including the internet and students’ digital literacy, have significantly changed the way students communicate and access information. Research shows inquiry-based teaching and learning practices integrated with technology, has a positive effect on knowledge and skills acquisition and students’ attitudes towards Social Science subjects (Kuisma, 2017). As a Humanities and Social Science (HASS) educator, I aim to upskill myself in the use of digital tools and technologies to promote inquiry-based learning and enhance student collaboration and engagement.
Over the past few weeks, during ‘Battle of the Biomes’, my Year 9 HASS class have worked collaboratively to investigate world biomes and challenges to food production. Biomes of the world include tropical rainforests, temperate forests, deserts, tundra, taiga – also known as boreal forests – grasslands and savanna. Groups of 3-4 students were asked to investigate the characteristics and threats to a world biome, consolidate their research and concisely explain their understanding to the class with a PowerPoint to complement their presentation. Similarly, the students investigated the challenges to food production in Australia and globally, presenting their research and solutions to the class. Students were also required to create an infograph to convey and complement their presentation.
Congratulations to ‘Battle of the Biomes’ winners Archer Davey (SM2), Jade Dimovski (SC1), Max Millard (SC4) and Megan Nikolovski (SE6) for their presentation on Arctic Tundra, available here. Well done to Laela Alvaro (SA1), Liliana Radich (AN1), Sienna Udovich (OLS7), for their excellent presentation of their challenge to food production – use of land for fuel.
Dr Katie Thiveos