The Technology is Brilliant but the Magic Happens When Teachers Learn to Let Go – I focus on the power of the iPad to increase students’ growth and development, self-reliance and independence, with a strong emphasis on study skills. Yes, content is a covered also, and I choose apps accordingly, yet always knowing that this powerful tool needs the guidance of an instructor who is willing to let go. I wrote this blog quite awhile back, still seems relevant: I Know My Way Around an iPad. Here I discussed the distinction between knowing how to use an iPad and knowing how to teach lessons to a class of students with iPads in hand.
Actually teaching a class of students with iPads, is a very different scenario than any other tech integration. As comfortable as I am with technology, it is new territory teaching kids when they have the world at their fingertips and the majority of them are way more tech savvy than you or I will ever will be.
- Give students a variety of choices when possible
- Let the learning be student driven
- Allow for some exploratory time
- Abandon a level of control and put added responsibility on students
- Allow students to produce work for an authentic audience
- Give students autonomous opportunities to collaborate on their work
- Celebrate intrinsic motivation
- Having all students working on the same assignment
- The lecture model
- Maintaining complete control
- Brides and rewards
- A too competitive environment
- Over-restrictive blocking of content and social media