As part of my graduate program studies, I’m digging and researching everything I can about keeping students engaged and collaborative learning. I’ve started my digital journey through pages and posts on this website. I may not have everything exactly where it needs to be at this point, but I’m still learning.
Speaking of learning, I think this article that I read this morning on Edutopia.org pretty much sums up my experience in my grad class this term. It’s called “Kids Speak Out on Student Engagement” by Heather Wolpert-Gawron, updated February, 2015. Kids Speak Out on Student Engagement | Edutopia
She confirms my beliefs about engaging students in a real-life activity that teaches them more than just common knowledge. Technology is a great way to grab the student’s attention, but trying to keep a high school student’s attention WITH technology is sometimes frustrating. They’ve had it their entire lives.
We must understand how our students learn in order to create a teachable moment. I’m thankful that I have a lab of computers that the students can use every period of every day. I try to make learning meaningful, yet fun. I’m trying to create that connectivity where the students can recall information based on a visual or something they heard.
I will continue to grow and research…and I will continue to love what I do! Now it’s time to create some blind kahoots!