"Today's students are empowered with more tools & opportunities than any previous generation." Learning Transformed @thomascmurrayedu @esheninger
Technology - creating digital graphics, videography & iPhone/iPadography, blogging & vlogging, recordable interactive whiteboards, & digital storytelling provided the media necessary to bring learning to mind & to life in my classroom. 👩💻👩🏫 Those elements help me transform learning for districts & schools across the country.
To tap into the power of technology, we have to move beyond efficiency & ease of use. 💻
My litmus test for pedagogical strategy is 2-fold
1) does it more deeply engage the learner or offer ways not possible without
2) does it enhance demonstration opportunities for the learner, allowing for a more robust & rich experience?
Technology provides opportunities to more fully assess understanding & progress.📱 Thanks to devices replete with built-in features like camera/video, voice recorder, interactive whiteboard/drawing tools, & a word processor, gathering evidence of learning is now innate to the daily process 🎛
This in-the-moment documentation of learning allows for real-time, authentic feedback amplifying pace, motivation, integrity, and longevity of learning.
To put it simply: 📣 When we capture our moments of discovery, we can better tell our stories of learning 📣
Looking for a few ideas to spark a learning story?
• take photos or screenshots of work at varying intervals 📸 -- focus on the process, not just the end-product
• record audio notes 🎧 of small group discussions
• capture screencasts 🖥 of their brainstorms
• video practice runs
Transformative experience lies within collaboration. Learning is meant to be a communal experience, shared & interacted by others.
Shared environments provide students with an accessible platform to exchange ideas & jigsaw their processes to elevate collaboration & increase perspective. 📊 These shared environments become anthologies of learning, showcasing diverse opinions, multiple variations of solutions, & insight into techniques.
Learning is the product. Story is the process. Technology is the publisher. 🖨