Monday, September 28, 2015

#OneNewThing: Student Tech Talks


#OneNewThing
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Gail Abbit, @GailAbbitt
Tech Integration Specialist
Lisbon, Portugal
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In my opinion, there is no greater learning that takes place than when you have to teach something to others. There is also no greater feeling than when you have an opportunity to shine. It was both of these beliefs that led me to create my "One New Thing."


This year I started my Year 7 Computing class by asking students if anyone wanted to share a tip or trick for using a computer. 

One brave student stood up straight away and showed the other students how to search Chrome using the ‘incognito’ mode. 

Not possibly something I wanted my students all to know, but I was impressed nonetheless. Suddenly, there was a vast array of hands swaying in the air with eager students wanting to share.

To make it manageable (and to prevent any unwanted or illegal tips) I now get students to submit their ideas on a Google Form and I'm starting to group them according to topic. One week we focus on Google tips, the next iPads. They have five minutes to demonstrate their tip/trick (we set a timer) at the start of the lesson and they are able to use the interactive whiteboard or show their screen to others.

We are only three weeks in and so far I have had five students share. I have been so impressed with what they know. For example, one student bought in a Star Wars BB-8 droid to show the class.

“But how does it know where to go?” asked one student. 

“It uses sensors,” the student confidently explained. 

We hadn't even reached that point in the curriculum; I had know idea they even knew what a sensor was, let alone what it did! It just goes to show, when you give students a chance to shine, they shine.


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