Projects and Presentations, and Peer Feedback in Fronter
I have set up a number of Project Rooms in Fronter now for Maths and ICT lessons, where pupils work collaboratively on researching and producing a class presentation. One example is a Maths project about improving Road Safety, based around the Bowland Maths materials. All tasks for this project can be completed using one Fronter room.
The main assessment task here is to produce a presentation to the local council outlining how you would spend £100 000 to improve road safety. Pupils work in pairs, using research material on Fronter, and the database of local road accidents, to determine the best ways to spend their money.
The beauty of using Fronter as a colloaborative tool to do this is that work is always accessible if one partner is absent for a lesson. Pupils usually work on 2 computers, one creating the presentation, with the other showing the database.
In the final lesson, pupils then present to the class on an Interactive whiteboard.
Using the Fronter Document tool, peers give instant feedback to each group on their performance (a bit like tweeting your favourite TV programme).
The Test tool is then used to give each performance a grade against the task criteria (depth of research, quality of argument, etc).
Teachers then use Fronter to leave online online feedback for the presentations.
While initially, this takes a lot of setting up, once one group has been completed, the room is easily modified for the next group.
Both pupils and staff have responded well to this use of Fronter to allow pupils to work in a collaborative way, while allowing teachers to create innovative lessons which can be easily assessed.
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