We all know it…it’s very difficult sometimes to get high school students excited about writing (and almost anything else these days). We proved this week however, that once you give them a voice, add a dash of guidance, and a splash of technology… viola! We’ve got kids writing like crazy at one high school.
Are we sabotaging our children by classifying them as smart or not? Do we empower them to gain meaningful technology experiences?
Are you still trying to follow along with various Twitter chats, stay abreast of all the breaking news, and keep a watchful eye on your kids’ tweets all on the official Twitter website? It can be mind numbing trying to flip back and forth to all of those pages. This is when a dashboard comes in very handy!
Sharing simple tools for keeping up with endless bookmarks (Diigo), anotating and saving texts for later (Evernote, Clearly), or creating the world’s best blogs (Wordpress, of course!) can mount up, and it’s easy to lose track! So to stay organized, I decided to expand to a web hosting site that I’ve grown to love:
I walked into the media center at Bertie STEM High School in Windsor, North Carolina and saw the most beautiful thing: Children were making presentations to their peers about something great they learned, and the product they created! The presenters were all well versed in robotics, and were proficient in controlling its actions. I thought to myself, people need to know that there are some GREAT things going on in Bertie County! So here we are.
In short, I was using the technology (so 20th century), but I failed miserably at infusing it (21st century). If we are all honest with ourselves, what would we say about tech in our classrooms? Is it enhancing the quality of student learning outcomes, or does it appease the masses who pass by and see the technology in use and assume that we’re getting the job done?
I’ve got a couple of tools for you from Classtools.net that your little social media enthusiasts will love! So, let’s take a traditional research paper/PowerPoint (substitution) assignment, and move it into the Modification/Redefinition levels of technology integration.
For this lesson, we’re going to take it up one level from the Substitution Level to the Augmentation Level of the SAMR model by using the Backchannel discussion strategy.