They call it a “digital field journal” where anyone can document their exploration of anything (they use “your backyard” as one simple example), as well as follow the explorations of others (many are much more involved than a backyard).
You need to register for the site, which takes a few seconds. The buttons to “start your own expedition” don’t seem to work right now, but you can easily get to it by clicking on the “Dashboard” button at the top right of the screen after you register. I’m sure they’ll fix that glitch soon.
I thought readers might find it interesting to hear about what we did today.
My ELL World History class, now taught by Kelsie Burnell, an exceptional student teacher, prepared a lesson for my ELL Beginners on World War One. Two World History students each taught small groups of two-to-five ELL Beginners.
After students got into their groups, they watched this video, and the “teachers” supported their “students” in creating some sentences describing what they saw:
Then, teachers showed this image of trench warfare and assisted students to use words to label the image (similar to the Picture Word Inductive Model).
Next, teachers helped their students complete clozes/gap-fills about the image, which you can download here.
The teachers then shared a Read Aloud about World War I (that can be found on the same downloadable sheet as the clozes).
Finally, we distributed mini-whiteboards and markers. Students in the small groups took turns reading the cloze sentences and sentences from the Read Aloud, and the other students would write them down on the whiteboard (ideally, without looking).
This is very similar to the sequence of activities student “teachers” often use in our classes.
Feedback from readers on how it can be improved is welcome!