Monday, November 16, 2015

Collaborative Knowledge Building with Applied Learning

Sharing by Soh WP @ SST Staff Conference 2015

Video clip: AFA2015 - The Playground by class S204 (2015)
  • What is Collaborative Knowledge Building?  

    • to deepen understanding, having students to construct their own knowledge can create a deeper learning process
    • Inquiry learning or discovery leraning
    • applicable to constructing new knowledge or building on existing knowledge 

Video clip: Shortened IDEO Shopping Cart Video
  • Speaking to "experts" - who can be expert? not necessary a professional, but someone who can provide the knowledge in context. It could be classmates, friends from other cohorts or via online platform
  •  Design Thinking Approach - emphasis: Empathy
Students need to be taught how to ask the right questions to do the necessary.

Co-Constructors of Learning
  • Open-ended questions
  • Deliverables - Group Journals (continuous formative assessment; physical models 
  • ADMT: Tekong Kechil Island Project
  • Reverse role: HA vs LA students - swapped "role of command'
  • ICT to create a learning community

JS Timeline

  • Created by Knight Lab, Northwestern University
  • "History": started as a tool for journalists
  • easily shareable with students and easy to create a timeline that can be hosted on a webpage
  • Note: Base on GoogleSheet document - ease of editing

Notable Example - TIME: Nelson Mandela Timeline

To accompany text, we can insert video and images
  • Interactive
  • Multimedia Content
  • Students are better able to see the continuum of events and how they are connected to each other
  • Self updating after publication
  • Paragraph development: 
    • Assess students ability to capture main ideas in a short summary of events
    • Possibility of weaving in peer evaluation: Different groups of students can write on the same event and critique each others' versions
  • Considering multiple perspectives
  • Content Revision for pop-quiz 
  • Intellectual Integrity
  • Recap: Students can create a timeline that captures past lessons and content taught; hence increase student ownership
  • Scheme of Work


1. Download template into GoogleDrive
2. Click HERE for timeline