As I'm thinking about what I ate for lunch today a crap-tastic meal as I keep telling myself that I am going to eat better, exercise more and make healthier choices, the idea of an SSTLAP topic was born. How to use food in the classroom?
Another idea that sprang to mind was how to leverage technology for this conversation. I was thinking about how we could use technology to have you respond to the questions this week. I was thinking about using applications like twistedwave.com Voki.com vocaroo.com chatterpix app, telegami app, or other audio recording software. Or you could use your phone and record the message or create a selfie video to answer the question.
Why do I want you to explore audio recording? 1. On Twitter we are limited to 140 characters and you have much more awesomeness that 140 allows. 2. Our students have awesome ideas that don't always come out on paper 3. Explore different technologies to see which you like 4. Consider how you could use these technologies with your students whether you create a video or have students do a quick exit ticket or more formal product. 5. drop your ideas in the feed or in comments below. 6. Oh yeah I chose food because it is something we all know something about so we are experts and not doing double duty learning.
Q1. What is your favorite food? Where do the ingredients come from are they old world or new world? Old World being Europe and New being the Americas. In a few minutes we will check your answers against the official list to see how well you know your food origins.
Q2 How can we use food in our classroom? Yeah this is pretty open ended - let's brainstorm!
Example- Use cooking shows like Masterchef or I have a colleague who used the show Chopped in class and students were assigned an ingredient. Or redesign a recipe to make it healthier. Research the ingredients especially mass produced foods - so many possibilities of topics here.
Q3 A lot of times food helps us in learning and discovering culture. How can you create an event in your classroom where you bring in the food of your students' culture? How can you turn this food into a true learning experience? I recently spoke to a colleague who hung the flags of the countries his students come from. There were 15 different flags. Imagine the potential conversations that could occur as students discuss the foods of their homelands or heritage. My family makes meat pies at Christmas and crepes to celebrate our French heritage.
Q4 Reality TV shows and cooking shows like MasterChef and MasterChef Junior have an element in them where the contestants film confessional videos. The videos add an element to the show that adds to the understanding of the events that unfold. How can we leverage this concept in our classrooms? How can we use this simple activity- voice recording a "confession" or reflection of learning with our students? In what ways could this replace writing and still capture students understanding and thinking?
Q5 No doubt there is nothing as much fun as actually eating the food used in the learning experience. What if students were expected to research the food similar to the first question. This could focus on where the food comes from and the economic or environmental impact of eating foods like strawberries or watermelons in the northern hemisphere like Wisconsin during winter. What is the impact of the food decisions we make? They could debate global vs. local. This could be a social awareness activity.
Q6 How else have you used food in your classroom? What ideas that have been shared here tonight are you interested in or want to know more about?