“No matter what devices or resources we have, we let our core beliefs and mindset guide how we use tools in the classroom. We focus on the overall goal of teaching kids how to think and then layer in purposeful tools along the way.” – Katie Muhtaris & Kristin Ziemke, Amplify Digital Teaching and Learning in the K-6 Classroom
I was at my mom’s house and my three-year-old nephew named Mason was there too. I watched as he grabbed my mom’s iPad and started looking for the app he wanted. His little finger touched the app and he was off playing the game he chose in a matter of seconds. He knew that game would keep him entertained for a short amount of time. A few days later his little finger was pushing the home button and he was looking for another icon. This time he picked the Facetime icon and was soon chatting with his dad at the firehouse. He knew that this tool would allow him to communicate with his dad even though he was at work. I sat back and began to wonder and realized how flexibly my three-year-old nephew uses technology for his own personal needs, which are either to be entertained or to communicate. Then it hit me that my students should be able to have that same flexibility with technology as a tool. These tools should help them capture, communicate, collaborate, share and receive feedback as learners.
Keeping Purpose First (more…)