Today it was great to walk down the hallways and see small groups of students huddled around a couple of iPads. They were helping each other ‘play a game’ during centre time.
They were also communicating and building relationships – something I have seen year after year when having students work with technology – as much as some fear the isolating potential of technology, these tools can be powerful community builders. When engaged in active problem solving, experts emerge (sometime in the unlikeliest places as I saw my 7 year old daughter show her big brother a new ‘discovery’ in minecraft).
The active engagement was great to see – as was the use in another classroom of the iPad as a document camera to enable immediate peer feedback. As was the documenting of student work via photos. It’s great to see everyone getting more comfortable with the presence of technology in and around the school.
As the comfort level continues to increase I hope to see an increase in risk-taking and using the devices to be innovative in the teaching and learning throughout the school – with the entire learning community supporting, encouraging and sharing with each other (and beyond!)