#ClasskickChat Recap: Courageous Edventures
The early innovators are out innovating, but what about the many who hope to follow in their own adventure? These educators often feel the pull, but hesitate due to the obstacles along the way. This book charts a course to identify and navigate around those obstacles so everyone can find the courage to journey into the limitless possibilities of the unknown - and discover their own version of classroom innovation.
Whether you have a device in the hands of every student, nothing but a laptop and a projector, or you're simply looking towards the future, this book is your partner in inspiration and "I can do this" ideas. As a classroom teacher, I rarely found time to sit down and read long professional texts. Keeping this in mind, I've filled this book with images, diagrams, real lesson plans and resources that you can download for use immediately. Moreover, the format of the book is set up so you can use it as a quick reference to solve certain problems or follow it as a step-by-step pathway to transform your classroom. As you embark on your expedition towards the great unknown of Innovation Isle, I hope this book will be your atlas and your companion.
How have students surprised you using iPads?
This was the premise for our Tuesday, August 2nd #ClasskickChat. Here's how the conversation started:
Students are able to hit the ground running when it comes to using iPads and other pieces of technology! As educators, we are continually pleasantly surprised by their willingness to explore, create, iterate, and produce using devices.
How do iPads compare to other devices in terms of student learning?
It seems we recognize that iPads are extremely mobile and tactile-friendly, especially for our smallest learners and those making the transition from paper-and-pencil to devices. We also like encourage the conversations that come from sharing iPads amongst several students. There is a case to be made, however, for the extreme cost of iPads and how we might be able to afford more laptops at those prices.
The conversation then shifted to the specific elements of current events being discussed in classrooms:
Whether we are 1:1 with devices in our classrooms, or have only a few, we find creative ways to keep all students engaged and logical ways to share devices. We have tried using them in centers, as incentives, and planning the right content to use with devices.
How are we sharing student work with the world?
Here's what the Classkick community thought:
Sharing students' work with the outside world can have it's tricky moments. Should we use a public social media account or more private student emails? Either way, we all recognize the importance of sharing student work with parents and administrators and like to empower our students to do so.
Can we create student technology teams?
Here's what Classkick Teachers discussed:
Teachers are psyched about having, creating, and leading student technology teams in their school to promote ownership and leadership. Most recommend having students apply for the "job" of being on the student technology team and working well with others (students, teachers, administrators) without disrupting other classes.
The last question asked for a deeper dive into the activities we wouldn't use with iPads:
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