Giving an open-ended task is always an interesting issue for teachers. There is a risk involved. Will the students run with the task? Will they stay on track? Will they handle the technology or be distracted by it?
The task set was using a differentiated ‘take-away homework’ which has become popular in recent months. A chance for students to choose the level of complexity of the task based on their confidence with the materials and, in some cases, the decision on how to divide the task within the group.
The topic of global development also lends itself to personal experience. Students have learnt from video conferencing with another group in the USA and also from a Ghanaian teacher who visited the class via a pre-recorded video. In fact, the whole topic has, deliberately, been taught without reference to a textbook or a worksheet. All the resources have been current, from…
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