One of the best parts of introducing they pads into the learning community has been the discussion of ‘good teaching’. I sometimes worry that sometimes the tools get seen as a replacement to the teacher, when really nothing can be further from reality. While apps can enhance learning by providing opportunities to differentiate the learning experiences, both in creating original content, consuming information and practicing key skills, the immersion of technology and education leads to much more:
A willingness to communicate in a variety of ways: email, instant messaging, twitter, amongst others.
Clear learning intentions so that everybody knows what they are working on and what their goal is.
Criteria set by the learners to have greater ownership in what (and how) they are learning.
Descriptive feedback -because it is easier to explain ways to improve than providing a number and hoping it leads to change: ie PowerPoint presentation title page – “colours are similar shade to the background which makes it hard to see”. Or 6/10.
Peer and self assessment as part of a feedback loop – always looking at ways to continuously improve and work within a community of learners to help collaboratively personalize learning!
The integration of technology has done much more than just introduce a new tool to support learning, it has started some very powerful conversations around student learning.