Smith 5th Grade Blog 2012

Challenges faced in the tech classroom

Posted on: December 13, 2011

I have made several conclusions about technology over the last eight months that have resulted in urging our students to reach higher goals during the day. The first obvious issue is getting all students involved. The easy way out is to allow quiet and disinterested students to just watch. This is a very bad idea and sets awful precedents for future learning. The other aha moment is that it doesn’t matter that the technological product is not polished. I learned this quite by accident after finishing up a grant that I had written for our school district. Students that create, review and share their work sometimes gain more than I can ever impart during a lesson.

Now my most recent conclusion. Students make better writers when they can explain what they are doing and what they have learned. By viewing their work on a weekly basis on devices such as iPods, I can use the technology to gage their understanding. Today we shared their work on their iPods with a document camera and discussed how they can present their activities in ways that make sense, instead of me just deleting what was not used. It was very powerful learning. This video is one of these examples that took a lot of work. Credit to Envision.

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