We were about to start a review of Jean Piaget and his theories of Cognitive Development. I briefly explained some of the features of each of the key stages of development.
I divided the class into four groups (for the four stages of development) and then I asked students to do research on two questions:
- Find one example of a feature of that stage of development. For example, the development of the concept of Conservation at the Concrete Operational stage.
- Find one way that researchers test to see if children have reached developed that concept.
I created a Google form (below) to collect data from students about the information they have found:
As you can see, students need to add the link, categorise it (a concrete operational skill!) and then give a brief summary of what the resource is about.
Within 15 minutes, students had submitted over 30 resources.
Some were not unique but I found that if I sorted according to website url, I could see the replicates and eventually ended up with 21 unique sources of information.
I will add these to a shared Google Docs file called "Links and Worthwhile Articles" so that all students can have a look at these resources.
At the end of the lesson, I chose four people at random to answer the questions - and they did a really good job.
Google Forms is so easy to use (it took me 10 minutes to mock this up) and it is a great way to gather information from students.