We are fortunate to live in an area that is surrounded with nature right outside our doorstep. The popularity of using “learning walks” add new elements to our day. I can think of the power of this opportunity in every one of the curricular areas.
“What if” we placed devices in the hands of students and asked them to capture images that they felt were significant. Now that takes focused observational skills to weed out the many and only select visuals that are “significant”. What would significant mean? It might mean something quite different to every individual. Imagine the conversation that would open.
VOICE RECORD PRO (professional grade audio recording app with immediate feedback) allow audio recording of thoughts including the option to embed an image. Save the named clip as an mp4 and it is ready to upload to student blogfolios or websites. (*Uploading requires wifi.)
Imagine the possibilities of this simple addition of technology in the immediacy. These might include:
decision making in the present moment
hone observational skills (slow down to appreciate the details)
include every student in their efforts to communicate their choices of significance (written requirement is removed)
oral language development practice (app provides immediate feedback through a visual needle gauge)
collaborative conversation in partners with assessment feedback
responsibility in care of a device
I was so excited about this idea that I tweeted it out last weekend.
We would love to hear your stories of how this might work in your curricular environments.
Ever wonder how ideas move from a tiny germ to something purposefully actionable? It starts with curiosity, or maybe perhaps a niggle or a conversation walking down a hallway. The trick is to balance what we’ve come to understand through experience and the notion of “what if…”. One needs curiosity to activate our “what if…” For some, this may be uncomfortable as it implies a lack of knowledge. However, I would suggest that this might be a catalyst for exciting new discoveries in learning. And perhaps discoveries about oneself along the way. When faced with a process that involve technology, what if I didn’t start my thinking by saying “I’m not very techie”. When faced with a group of students who haven’t had a lot of practice in self reflection, what if I embraced the opportunity to create small steps and recorded my efforts. When I hear someone doing something extraordinarily different, what if I asked to be invited into a collaborative conversation. And in the midst of the current process of reviewing assessment and reporting practices, perhaps one might also invite curiosity as a step towards openly dabbling in alternatives. The beauty of this process is in reflecting to move forward. Each opportunity can be a catalyst of the next steps.
Please feel free to email us if you would like some support along the learning.
Welcome back! It’s great to still have summer weather around as we ease into another year of discovery, exploration and thinking deeply.
You’ll notice that we have a PROJECTS IDEA button on the sidebar. This takes you to the Projects page where we’ve listed stories to spark ideas and opportunities to learn from your colleagues. These illustrations are from our Design Teams.
SOME OPPORTUNITIES TO SPARK CONNECTIONS
Create a web presence where you can share your curriculum, thoughts on your assessment practices and what you believe, dialogue with students (giving them authentic practice in digital citizenship), inform parents. These can all be done using our sd41 class blogs. Click on FORMS/APPLY to get started on your journey.
Use O365 to enhance and organize your lessons with your class (Secondary). Go to Learn Portal for resources to start your journey. (*Intermediates – stay tuned)
Documenting learning – strengthen processes in communicating student learning. These support using a variety of tools to engage in reflective process. (*Interested in student blogfolios? Click on FORMS/APPLY to get started or to continue your journey.)
Pop Up Make Writing Studio – The process of making creates inclusive opportunities for supporting voice and the writing process. This new flip merges writing with ADST, core competencies, communicating student learning and collaboration. Be prepared for fun and interactive parts.
ADST – our multi centers kit with focus on core competencies are bookable for a term. Stay tuned for additional experiences with this curriculum.