Monday, May 29, 2017

Recognising progress in a modern day learning environment

Several things have happened over the past couple of weeks that have made me wonder about how I can improve the monitoring and output of student learning in a 1-1 device learning environment.

I know the learning has happened, and I know my students have responded to the new learning by using it and creating responses using skills and knowledge only recently acquired. But I also know we are not sharing our learning. Mainly because using the tools, the icon based language and digital pathways, accessing the learning in a completely different way than ever before, learning how to be safe, accurate, articulate and responsible online, remembering user names and passwords, etc., etc. has simply meant that completing a task takes so long we are well into the next one (or fourth) before realising we hadn't finished the first one.

Using the SAMR model to design the tasks means students are learning how to use their devices to do things in ways that were not able to be done before having such easy access to this technology. SAMR is a model designed to help educators infuse digital technology into teaching and learning. Developed by Dr. Ruben Puetedura, the model offers a method of seeing how digital technologies might positively impact teaching and learning.


It is my first time teaching in a truly integrated inquiry focused with 1-1 device use environment. And noticing a lack of 'output' has led to the question, Why? I know the students have made great progress. Their data says so. But how can I support the completion and sharing of what's created in response to learning on a scale that seems expected? Yet continue to ensure students are learning indepth about the platform they will take into secondary, work - their future.

This will continue to be my big question for the week and I will add to this post as I find answers to my queries.

To find out more about SAMR and why learning is what it is, I encourage you to come to our E-Learning evening:

WHAT:   E-LEARNING Parent Information Evening
WHEN:  Wednesday 31 May, 6.30-7.00pm
WHERE: Whangaparaoa School

1 comment:

  1. Mōrena Kate,

    This is a thought provoking post that shows you beginning to question the perceived norms when identifying what our community 'expects' to see when sharing in student learning. It is a complex challenge and one that needs exploring in depth alongside both learners and whānau. Our system has changed and outcomes are no longer a physical task that can be shared in a book or as a published piece of work on the wall. The learning can no longer be judged on the outcome, but should now be on the process. Here in lies the power of reflective student blogging. A chance to stop and share the processes undertaken and new learning prior to getting to the point being shared.

    Obviously this is tremendously different from the industrialised model of education experienced by our community members. Herein lies the new challenge to go alongside the integration of digital technology and development of skills. Not only do we need to educate our students, but also their whānau. We are tasked with developing their understanding of how pedagogy has shifted towards skills based teaching and away from a content driven curriculum. They never sit independently, but one often leads the other. In today's learning environments, with strong teachers and good practice, the pedagogy leads the learning through personalised, skills based and genuine opportunities.

    I love reading your posts and having the opportunity to share in your thinking. Thanks for taking the steps into the blogosphere.

    Ka kite

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