December 29 – A wealth of fascinating history and science lessons can be found on Jekyll Island, and a recent class project at the College of Coastal Georgia will bring these resources to local teachers.
Claire Hughes, a college education teacher, asked her social studies methods class to design courses for Glynn County schools and the Mosaic Museum on Jekyll.
Students presented their final lesson plans at the end of the fall semester.
“This is a wonderful bond and collaboration with the CCGA, Glynn County and the Mosaic Museum,” said Hughes.
The idea for the project arose out of a discussion between Hughes and Cathy Pittman, social studies and science coordinator for Glynn County Schools, during which they marveled at the vast amount of history that the one can find on Jekyll.
Pittman worked with local teachers to create “bitmoji lessons” and she suggested that students create these interactive online learning spaces using materials available through the Mosaic Museum and other Jekyll resources.
“One of the things that absolutely fascinated me… is this concept of a bitmoji classroom, which was filled during the pandemic, and many teachers have now adopted it as a strategy to engage children by providing them with an enrichment and a teaching. “, said Hugues.
Hughes reviewed the standards for social studies courses in Georgia with his class before taking the class on a field trip to Mosaic.
The students then traveled around the island to other places like the historic district and St. Andrews Beach.
They were tasked with creating a social studies lesson that used Jekyll as a background using bitmoji technology. Classes have been designed for children from Kindergarten to Grade 8.
Topics included the Georgia Sea Turtle Center, the African American experience with the separate beaches of St. Andrews, the history of General James Oglethorpe’s fight with the Spaniards and more.
In a lesson focused on map identification skills, Madison Fu incorporated into her bitmoji class links to videos on Jekyll history and tourism, and map making.
In another lesson, a virtual image of General Oglethorpe takes a teacher or student to a primary source of Oglethorpe’s writings. The icons on the shelves lead to readings aloud.
“And then the plants that are next to each book on the shelf are linked to a slide with discussion questions,” said Emily Hanson, who created the lesson.
Hughes said his students put a lot of work into creating these virtual lessons, while also preparing to teach their students in the next semester.
“The idea is to provide Glynn County with a resource bank for social studies courses that take advantage of our current situation,” said Hughes. “We rely on the foundational knowledge of our students, the location of our students. We are in an incredibly rich historical area with Jekyll right there.”