Monday, March 24, 2008

Yah Mon

Well there I was minding my own business relaxing in Jamaica just doing a little shopping when bam; education runs straight into me. It took the form of the three youngsters pictured above and their classmates. They were working on a project, interviewing tourists that were shopping in the local craft market. They had a set of scripted questions and depending on the answer there would be follow-up questions. The young boy was asking the questions and his classmates were assisting him. He was struggling a bit with the English and the girls were more than willing to help him out.

I could not help but wonder what kind of project or presentation they were going to produce and how they would use the answers they were gathering. How would I have kids do this same activity? The basic concepts of identifying a question to research, coming up with questions to ask to get data, conducting the interviews to gather the data, compiling and reporting the data and then drawing conclusions from the data, that would be a good project and almost any level. Now incorporate some tech for the data crunching and presentation and you are all set.

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