We began this week with workshop to expose the students to different forms of communication. During two workshop sessions, 2C and 2M worked together with their teachers and Mr. Matt to explore communication through mapping, commenting on blogs, writing letters, playing charades, reading and writing in braille, and using sign language.
Afterwards, the students brainstormed types of communication we use everyday.
Johnny – When you read you a book, the book communicates with you. It tells you a message or gives you information. So writing a book is a way to communicate.
Seonyul – Talking to someone on the telephone.
Lara, Yoshna and Ophelia – Facetime is a way to communicate.
Thanina and Hamish – Any kind of writing is communication.
Sam, Kane, Alex – Also writing notes.
Ali, Andres, Vivian – Whispering is a way to communicate. It is the same as talking.
Mary, Valmik, Saneyuki – Email is a popular type of communication
Today, the children came up with a longer list of types of communication people use everyday. From this list, they choose one type of communication that they would like to inquire into further:
Drawing and symbols
Skype and Facetime calling
Sending letters by mail
Plays and stories which communicate morals
Dancing that tells a story about history or that can show feelings
The students then chose one form of communication to inquire into further:
Seonyul – I wonder how people communicate using braille? How can they know with just touching? I know that the dots go together to form words.
Jingyi – I wonder how do you learn braille? How do you write braille?
Mary – I wonder about sending letters in the mail. I know that we use a post office and paper and a pen. I also know that (a long time ago) people used birds to send messages.
Yoshna – I wonder about how you send mail to other people. How many different stamps are there?
Thanina – I wonder about communication with braille. I know when you touch braille, you can read it.
Alex – I wonder about why to use sign language. I know that Facetime is one way to communicate.
Saneyuki – I wonder how people communicate using braille. I know that they use their fingertips and I have seen braille on elevator buttons.
Kane – I wonder how to make sense of the dots and when did it start?
Valmik – Braille can be used everywhere. I wonder who invented braille?
Sam – I wonder how we read braille. I know it is a language and that it uses dots.
Hamish – I would like to learn about how symbols are made. I already know quite a few symbols and what they mean.
Vivian – I know a lot about dance but I wonder how it can be used for communication.
Ophelia – I would like to learn more about cyphers and codes.
Ali – I wonder about communicating through blogs. I know that in 2003 there were already a lot of blogs.
Lara – I would like to learn more about Instant Messages. I know that it is electronic and very fast and that you need to have correct spelling so that other people can understand you.
Ryu – I wonder why braille uses dots and where does the name come from.
Johnny – I wonder how people who make maps can put all the information there.
Andres – I want to learn more about Skype.