Backyard Bird Feeding In Newfoundland: Using Peer and Cross-Tutoring to Help Primary Students Acquire Information and Communications Technology Skills (1991)

A Showcase Grassroots Project

Backyard Bird Feeding in Newfoundland used peer and cross-tutoring to help schoolchildren acquire information and communications technology (ICT) skills through learning about the habits and habitats of local birds.

Completed in April 2000, the Internet-based learning project was supported by Industry Canada’s GrassRoots program.

The project involved 110 students and four teachers at St. Anne’s Academy in Dunville, Newfoundland, with students actively involved in the planning, implementation, and evaluation stages of the project.

At home, Grade 3 students used reference books for independent research, then downloaded information about birds from the Internet with the assistance of a teacher, fellow students, or students from Grades 8 and 9. With the help of teachers, parents, and older students, they used an outline to focus on the information they needed and eliminating irrelevant details.

They designed web pages; downloaded images and audio clips of call notes or birdsong from the Internet; and presented their reports to other Grade 3 students.

In addition to offering students the chance to learn ICT skills, the project helped them develop communication, research, and teamwork skills.

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Kurtis Kitagawa. Backyard Bird Feeding In Newfoundland: Using Peer and Cross-Tutoring to Help Primary Students Acquire Information and Communications Technology Skills 1991. Web. 16 Jul. 2020 <http://en.copian.ca/library/research/cboc/employability_skills/backyard_bird_feeding_in_newfoundland/backyard_bird_feeding_in_newfoundland.pdf>
Kurtis Kitagawa (1991). Backyard Bird Feeding In Newfoundland: Using Peer and Cross-Tutoring to Help Primary Students Acquire Information and Communications Technology Skills. Retrieved July 16, 2020, from http://en.copian.ca/library/research/cboc/employability_skills/backyard_bird_feeding_in_newfoundland/backyard_bird_feeding_in_newfoundland.pdf
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