iPad day 14 – connecting with the students

The main purpose of having technology in the classroom/school is to improve student learning.
I enjoyed seeing my students reactions to using a ‘magic spinning wheel’ to randomly select groups for a continent-research project (passive engagement) – they liked that while they weren’t choosing their own groups, that there was an honest randomness to the formation of their teams. I’m looking forward to seeing how the group-composed power points go (and to see if alternatives to power points are proposed).
I preferred the discussion I had with a primary teacher talking about adaptions for a new student (from out-of-province and therefore having experienced different learning outcomes) and her decision to use the iPad as a ‘centre activity’ to reinforce some expected skills with a personal goal of exploring the App Store to find apps that will directly connect with the needs of her learner.
I also enjoyed the validation from one of our community elders (form teacher) when I was talking about the paradigm shift our learning community is taking by moving from a desktop mindset to a culture of mobile technology usage. He said it would be a big/risky leap, but it made sense.
But throughout the day, the needs and educational experiences of our learners was at the centre of our discussions around technology – this makes me feel that we are on the right path – the enthusiasm of students exploring the devices to enhance their learning confirms it!

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About technolandy

Principal of Sorrento Elementary Educator pushing 'technologization' in education: blending technology and curriculum seamlessly. Advocate for better understanding of Anxiety in Education (and use of self-regulation) Piloting ePortfolios
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