While the 1st Grade team at Liberty Elementary School may only have one tablet per class, they absolutely get the most out of what they have. What impresses me most about this team of experienced educators is their deep understanding of how technology can empower learners to capture, evaluate and synthesize their learning experience. Technology, devices and 1:X are about more than finding games, applications or electronic textbooks that build knowledge in learners, and this team really gets it!
So, what does this look like in 1st Grade? There were so many wonderful things happening in these classrooms, Learners working in small groups, a clear balance of tech and non-tech activities and Educators working in small groups on the day’s learning targets. One word sums up what I saw: Intentional. Here’s the run-down on this small slice of my visit.
While the rest of the class worked on a variety of stations, two students stepped right outside the open classroom door and started working on the Educreations App. One of the great things about Educreations is that it is listed on our LISD Foundational Apps and Tools page, which makes it even easier to use with students in the classroom. Creating student accounts with Educreations is SUPER slick and can be done with individual accounts or by using a teacher managed account. Using this great App is one thing, but the design behind this experience was simple, elegant and powerful.
- Two students worked together to create a math story on the current math learning target
- One student was an Educreations ‘expert’ who helped the other student that was new to the App
- The students rotated through this activity over the course of the morning
- Students could then share their work with the class using AirServer (while I didn’t see this in action, I’m hypothesizing how easy this would be)