Do you know?

Do you know anything about Fire Poi and how to use them?

If you want to know come ask my class because they know!

My daughter Emma has visited my class to show them how to do poi and they were excited to hear that she has now bought fire poi. Unfortunately they are not something she can bring to school and demonstrate for several reasons – one being her university schedule and the other being that the best effect is at night time. So how is it that my class knows all about them?

I took photos of her preparation of the poi and her in action (and some video). Then I opened up a mimio notebook and started to put together a picture story.

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I put one photo per page and included one of the videos towards the end.

Then in the morning during literacy time I threw this up on the screen for the class to see. As we viewed each page the students talked about what the picture showed and I wrote the steps on the page.

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Once we had gone through all the pages I went back to the equipment page and the students went off to write their own versions.

While I think that some of the students would have written quite an adequate report if they’d just heard about fire poi, it was obvious that being able to show the graphics in this format and being able to brainstorm class answers helped all the students to come up with their own versions. Most students added in information that we hadn’t explicitly talked about. One boy even added a touch of humour to his instructions – his last instruction said “when the poi have cooled down put them on the deck and give your arms a rest” a clear reflection on comments made while watching the video. Other students used words like ‘flammable’ and ‘fuel’ which clearly showed they’d grasped some important facts and figured out the technical words to use.

While I could have shown the photos using iPhoto and the video using VLC it was a lot easier to do it with them embedded into a single mimio notebook.

3 thoughts on “Do you know?

  • March 11, 2010 at 5:10 am

    What a great example scaffolding learning using ICT. It is also a great first step to creating digital stories.

  • March 15, 2010 at 2:00 pm

    Another beautiful use of technology. Although, the students were not able to experience Fire Poi in person you were able to bring it to them digitally. I like that you used the interactive smart board for your storyboard and modeled “how to” writing with them. The subject matter and process you used seems so much more motivating and meaningful than the traditional instruction manual method. I have enjoyed reading your posts and learning more about your region of the world. You have given me many ideas when it comes to using technology in the classroom, and I plan to visit your site often to see what exciting activities you are completing with your students.

  • March 19, 2010 at 10:03 am

    Ms. Dragonsinger,
    This was educational for me as well as the class. I had never even heard of a Fire Poi before. This is yet another example of how important blogging with other instructors is. It not only gives you ideas as to how to teach your students, but also introduces you to new technology.
    Thank you,
    Rachael Locklin

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