DEC Scan Journal : Volume 33 Issue 3
2014 Volume 33, Issue 3 18 Contents Editorial Currents Teaching & learning Research Curriculum support Share this Resource reviews Taking it to the library The school was moving ahead at a rapid rate and as the information hub, the library was an integral part of the journey. The challenge, as always, was to integrate the technology in a meaningful way. Using computers for research and explicit teaching of skills to do this well are very important for student learning. I wanted to reinforce this by giving these skills context and purpose. Purpose brings motivation, an essential element in achieving learning goals. I also wanted to tap into the creative opportunities that technology can offer to students. My first major project that year was for Book Week. I decided that we would make our own book trailers to showcase the Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) short list. As class groups we researched current book trailers and discussed the features, what made them good and bad, what techniques had been used and what equipment we might need to make our own. There was great enthusiasm as students set about creating with the use of cameras, iPads and computers. There were a large number of students waiting each lunch time to come into the library to work on their trailer. Like all projects it had varying degrees of success. Some trailers were amazing – fabulous mini feature films using iMovie. Others were simple PowerPoint presentations with music and nice transitions. The exciting thing was that every child in every class learnt new skills. I certainly learnt an enormous amount, especially from the students. I also learnt an extremely valuable lesson that has enabled me to move forward with bigger and better projects. Don’t be scared to say to students, I don’t know how to do that, or, Does anyone in the class know how? How about, Let’s research this together. We can see if there is a YouTube clip that can teach us how. Many primary students today are able to use technology creatively and by seeking their assistance I was providing validation for their talents. The enthusiasm and sharing of information and skills for meaningful learning was overwhelming. Reaping the rewards Engagement and choice were my new key features in planning units of work for students. The use of technology appeals to this generation enormously and can be used to keep the attention of the most reluctant students. The one key feature one must never lose sight of is the learning outcome you are trying to achieve. I have gone on to many other collaborative learning projects and use technology in most classes. I now have a bank of seventeen desktop computers and five iPads. The iPads have been a very useful addition as their portability, ability to film and take photos and the many varied apps have created opportunities for new projects. The school has a new wireless network and a large bank of iPads that are now used extensively in the school across all Year levels. Some examples of how students use them include: Enjoying the portability and flexibility of iPads The iPads have been a very useful addition as their portability, ability to film and take photos and the many varied apps have created opportunities for new projects.
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