After a fantastic #digitaledchat on Twitter last week about how robotics can be used in the classroom, I was motivated to write about a recent project in school completed by our Digital Leaders using Sphero robots and the brilliant app Tickle. Twitter chats are a great way to connect with like minded educators and learn more! This one was looking at which robotics systems were of use in different phases of school as well as educators thoughts on the value of learning about robotics. It was a fast paced exciting chat with loads of ideas, resources and opinions. If you missed it, and would like to check it out, here is a link to the Storify.
I love using drama techniques in classes. I have found that it really enhances the ability of a class to empathise with a character. Two I particularly like are ‘conscience alley’ and ‘hotseating’ where you can explore a characters motivations, background and moral dilemmas they may face. Here is an idea for a video project using some of the thoughts and discussion arising from analysing the advantages and disadvantages of a particular decision.
I love apps which are open ended. They allow students and teachers to be creative with their use. I also love apps which are free, don’t contain advertising and promote digital citizenship. Adobe voice does all of these things, providing a simple platform to create stories composed of images, music, icons, text and most importantly your Voice!
We know that self and peer assessment are key components to effective learning. Embedding opportunities for this to arise in your planned learning experiences can have a huge impact for students. They can identify their current stage and know their next steps in order to progress. I love using video in class to reflect on a performance as well as give an opportunity for peer assessment.
Creating video projects with students is always rewarding. There is so much learning going on from the students and the teachers! Hitches and problems are overcome and students get the opportunity to show some creativity. Throw in a green screen, some props and a brilliant, meaningful writing prompt and you are onto a winner as I found out this week working with grade 3 on their Unit of Inquiry, How We Organise Ourselves. Continue reading