We know that there are so many tech tools out there. With so many to choose from, how do you make intentional decisions about which to use? While this post is all about some great tech tools, when thinking about learning, we don't want to start with the technology.
We highly suggest to always begin with the student and the learning in mind. Once you've have thought out the intended learning outcomes and the needs of the students then pick the technology that would enhance that experience.
With that said, we do want to recommend three user-friendly tech tools that we think used well could support (not supplant) in person instruction.
Let's take a closer look together:
- Young Children could make videos to share their understanding and learning that is not dependent upon writing.
- Conferring! Student records goal to work on for independent purpose.
- Post a guiding question and ask students to respond in the beginning of a unit and at the end. Notice how their learning has grown and changed.
What ways do you already use Flipgrid? What ways could it be enhanced?
Here are a few ideas that we suggest for how this tool could support teaching and learning:
- Record your mini lessons ahead of time. Ask students to respond.
- Teach grammar/phonics lessons ahead of time for students to refer back to when they need small group instruction!
- Because the learning is asynchronous, we suggest you use recorded videos to each about something than rather than teach how to do something.
What ways do you already use screencastify? What ways could it be enhanced?
- Unit of Study Boards: Take photos of your anchor charts & put them all in one place for your students to access.
- Book Group Collaborative Discussion: Students each add one photo or snippet from the text (or chapter) that was most surprising to them.
- End of Unit Portfolio: Students create their own boards to show a compilation of all their work from a particular unit. We imagine this could work particularly well in Writers Workshop.