Friday, April 17, 2009

Australian Rules Football

For the past couple of days my students have been preparing slideshow presentations about Australian Rules Football. This was inspired by our conversation with Mr. Lamshed the other day. After talking to Mr. Lamshed many of my students were confused by what Australian Football was, so I thought this would be an excellent opportunity to integrate a variety technology strategies in order to better understand the sport. In order to complete the slideshows we used Google Docs as our canvas for this project.

In our project I used an application called Jing, this valuable tool allows users to create screencast with voice over instructions that is both very handy and user friendly.

Since creating a presentation was new to my students I created my own screencast. This allowed me to not only give written instructions, but also add a nice visual and recorded voice instructions via a screencast. This was very beneficial to students and myself, because eliminated the need to repeat instructions over and over again.

We also used our Ning chat as a tool in this project. We were able to use chat as a means to answer simple Q & A discussions. If my students for got a step or needed help finding a source, I could scaffold by using chat and share links and other types of information.

Then the final product. Students used various site for information, including Google, Wikipedia, and The Australian Football League website. Below are a couple of presentations my students prepared.




Overall this was such a worth while project to do in conjunction with our Skype call with Mr. Lamshed. My students really enjoyed conducting their research and learning about this outstanding sport.

Mr. McClung

6 comments:

Jarrod Lamshed said...

Dillon, Colby, Ryan and John

Great work guys. You included lots of good information about Aussie Rules. Much better explanations than my terrible answer on skype!

Mr Lamshed

Ali Colbeck said...

Great presentations on a fantastic sport - only thing you forgot is that CROWS RULE!!

Jarrod Lamshed said...

Hey Guys. I would love to see all of your Aussie Rules presentations when you've finished them. If you would like, you can share them with me on google docs! My email for google docs is jarrod.lamshed@hackhame.sa.edu.au

Mr Lamshed

NZWaikato said...

Mr McClung your students have done so much work to go into all this detail over such an obscure sport! Fantastic to see the whole learning journey mapped out, and nice to see the involvement with people over the other side of the world in educating the students about something different. Perhaps your students could have a game and you could video it?
Mr Webb and Room 8, Melville Intermediate, Hamilton, Waikato
New Zealand.

Rob de Santos said...

My congratulations to the class on a job well done. My organization, the Australian Football Association of North America (http://www.afana.com) has been doing this very thing (explaining Australian football) on a national scale since 1995. Your students might find our web site useful. We would be thrilled to post links to / or host a presentation on our web site that they have done (even video). Again, well done!

-Rob de Santos
aussiefb A T afana . com

Wm Chamberlain said...

Very cool, Joe! Soon the apprentice will become the master!