Using ThingLink to Spark Debate

by Mona Voelkel

Thinglink allows students to explore different worlds and take on different personas as they explore that world.

Unleash the possibilities of Thinglink 360 by crafting learning experiences that allow students to gain information about important issues, filter that information through a shifted perspective and then build on that learning to bring about change.  This allows for the embodied virtual experience to lead into real-world journeys of empathy and social change.

Consider This Scenario

You are the principal of a school.  You have just found out that other schools are banning chocolate milk.  Use the attached resources to explore the issue.

Students will explore the issue from multiple perspectives using Thinglink 360.  After the exploration, students will be asked to weigh the pros and cons of chocolate milk in school and decide where they, as principal of the school, stand on the issue.

Then, they will be asked to craft a speech that they will present to the school community, including not only their position on the issue but the examples and statistics that support their ideas

Afterward, students can be asked to reflect on their learning and asked how they will connect their new learning to their real lives.  How has their thinking about chocolate milk in schools changed as a result of their learning?

ThingLink offers a motivating way to share content and build knowledge with our students so they can explore these issues from multiple perspectives in the classroom and then make connections to their own lives


About the Author

Mona VoelkelMona Voelkel is a  literacy specialist, an author, and a National Board Certified Teacher with over twenty years of classroom, staff development, and family event experiences. Mona is a longtime ThingLink Certified Educator who has inspired many over the years. Follow her on Twitter @movoelkel.

 

 

“Thinglink, thanks to its powerful VR editor and amazing community of educators, has helped me to design engaging lessons that build critical thinking skills using 360° photographs.”
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