"Thinking is about using creative, critical, and metacognitive processes to make sense of information, experiences, and ideas. These processes can be applied to purposes such as developing understanding, making decisions, shaping actions, or constructing knowledge. Intellectual curiosity is at the heart of this competency.
Students who are competent thinkers and problem-solvers actively seek, use, and create knowledge. They reflect on their own learning, draw on personal knowledge and intuitions, ask questions, and challenge the basis of assumptions and perceptions."
(New Zealand Curriculum)
Tutorial 1: Without words
Question: "How will we be using thinking today?"
Ideas put forward were: " By solving problems, following instructions from the 2 You tube tutorials, by thinking properly which means thinking things through, watching carefully, asking questions, clarifying, re-watching the tutorials, and by using trial and error. It also might mean doing something different or new, up skilling and using skills we have already like building skills, technology skills, reading skills-we could share knowledge and skills with each other to help each other complete the task, creativity-create worlds, characters, storylines and motion pictures into a movie...being challenged, learning how to use the tools on the Lego movie app like 'Onion layering'
Tutorial 2: With words
The Task today...
Once they had watched it with a classmate, the students had a 5 minute brainstorm and discussion session with each other and Mr B to talk through the key competency "Thinking" and work through the conditions of the task and make predictions around how "thinking" may be needed throughout it.
Our class needed to follow the recommended steps in the tutorials beginning with creating worlds, objects and people to help map out and create a possible story line for their movie. Using the app, Room 3 students worked independently to create their own lego movie or movies.
Our class had to problem solve, work collaboratively to solve problems and difficulties that arose, revisit the tutorials and seek guidance from one another to complete the task.
At the end of the task, we reflected on how we used "thinking" throughout the task and in order to complete it successfully. Some of the unexpected challenges included camera movement which caused scene jumping, and hand shots-when hands appeared in still motion frames without us meaning them to. Highlights included an awesome motorbike crash movie, a running bank robber whose legs moved and a character that put a $100 note into a backpack, plus a rolling sword fight!
As always there just isn't enough time to complete everything that we wanted to and we couldn't believe it when Mr B said times up! I'm sure famous New Zealander and film maker, Sir Peter Jackson would be encouraged to see our class given the opportunity to work with technology and film making at school! Our next step is to find a way to be able to publish our short films on the Room 3 blog.