Technology tools for creating must be in the hands of students
Digital project work promotes both content learning and 21st century skills
When her students were having trouble locating information in nonfiction texts, Sheila Buscemi, of Frederick, Maryland did review the features of nonfiction texts. But then, to truly cement student understanding and skill, she asked students to apply these features in their own work of nonfiction.
Students should be media and content producers, not just consumers
Asking students to create media-rich content makes learning relevant to the media-rich world they live in. Rather than “power down and unplug” when they come to class, we should be asking them to “plug in and power up!”
After reading Judi Barrett's "Things That Are Most in the World", Miss Alia's 2nd grade class at Woodward Academy in Georgia created their own book. As a class they brainstormed superlatives. Each student chose their favorite, wrote a sentence that provided a context clue to the meaning of the superlative, and illustrated their page, and recorded the text. All of the student pages were then combined to create an original class book.
While each student worked on the same set of skills and learning goals, each student’s very different , yet correct, “answer” provides a clear window into academic ability, personality, and student interest.
Students must CREATE with technology tools
Giving kids technology that lets them answer and respond may make teaching and assessing easier, but it doesn't directly, or significantly, impact student learning. If we are to engage students and prepare them for life in the 21st century, it is essential to put technology tools into their hands and ask them to create!
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