Weekly Reflection: Students as teachers

Throughout this year I have been using small group workshops to teach content.  Today, a held a large addition and subtraction of decimals strategy workshop.  I had my teacher opted in students and a number of students that wanted to work on decimals in maths.  A student confidently used the strategy and met her own success criteria thus finishing her work.

She returned to the group, “I’m finished!”.

The group had moved off and a few students decided that they needed further scaffold to progress to the next step.  My extra speedy learner piped up,

“Can I teach those girls how to do it?” she asked.

“Yeah, can she teach us?” they chorused.

WOW, – of course you can.  The girls moved off and proceeded to run their own workshop.

I checked in with the learners later and performed a short formative assessment task.  One of the students confidently exclaimed that yes I can solve those problems and yes they are so easy.  She then demonstrated using the SC to solve the problem.

Snapshots such as these reinforce the learning and teaching capacity of our learners as educators.  This was one of the best workshops so far.

Weekly reflection: Wevideo – Google Apps

Part of the Chromebook For Education 101 was to use the google app, Wevideo, to create a presentation about what what I know about Chromebooks so far.  TWevideo is an online video editing tool.  Users can sign up to a free account or serval paid versions.  There are  useful tips videos as you go and you can use a template or create your own video from scratch.  You can add video, images and text to slides.  Simple to use follow.

How can I use this in the class?

The best feature of this video maker is that users can collaborate on a shared project. Collaboration is a cornerstone of 21st century teaching .  Learners not only work together to create an artefact but they are given an opportunity to participate as equal partners in their education and the education of others.  This app has endless possibilities and the biggest draw card it that it can be used by learners to be creative in a range of ways.  One student may start a movie and then another student adds on to the video and so forth.  Or, students can be working on slides at the same time – redrafting/improving and editing as they go and making changes based on the work of others.  Also, this gives learners an opportunity to work together from multiple locations.  This app can remove the physical barrier of location and offer more mobility.  Very excited about giving this ago.