Her project is to have students work in groups to teach others lessons. As instructional designers, they must include the use of the iPod, using web sites or apps. The group I saw today was focused on science SOLs and used a variety of apps, including the Google App, Dragon Dictation, and DoodleDraw. This is real G21! The skill of teaching others is a complex task, a real twenty-first century skill. It was awesome to see students applying what McTamaney had told them about educational theory!
Students in the teaching group did an excellent job as running the classroom as teachers. They even included a pop quiz! The entire class did an excellent job using the devices in a number of ways, always paying attention to using the devices safely and carefully. This was model use of instructional technology!
As I reflect on how these devices are being used in classrooms here in Goochland and across the country, two patterns emerge. Some teachers use the devices simply for the software: they are using the devices solely for the apps for practice, reading, etc. In my exposure towards today’s project, I saw the second pattern at play: the iPods were used seamlessly for a variety of activities, from reading source content (about matter and energy), then as a reflection tool (students were to draw an example of a science concept). This second approach is perhaps more innovative, using the devices where they best fit into enhancing and informing learning.
Bravo to Ms. McTamaney and her students!!