National Geographic – and great lessons

I’ve recently downloaded the National Geographic App for the iPad.  Reading the magazine is a really easy experience on this size device and re-enforces the comments made on the radio earlier this week by the Washington Post – we are definitely now in a totally new ‘ball game’.

Seeing the magazine again reminded me of a really great series of lessons that I saw a few years ago whereby pupils were taught how to create a new cover for National Geographic – relatively easy but difficult to do well.  The lessons were used as an introduction to the use of ‘success criteria’ and ‘evaluation’ which then happened in ALL other units of work.

The pupils then went on to create ‘Time Magazine’ themselves giving the teacher a chance to see what they could do unaided.

The result was excellent ‘deep’ learning and an output that most pupils were genuinely proud of. 

– Mind you not everyone did it the same way so a useful opportunity to demonstrate the creation of properly formatted page borders was missed 😉

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