Yesterday I celebrated Mrs. Driscoll for her work nudging herself along the Stages of Concern by using her Ipad with a reflection app to teach the kids how to publish on Pages, while at the same time showing them some ins and outs of the device. Today, I was invited back in, to watch the kids in action. What do you predict I saw? Yep, the kids were indeed publishing with incredible proficiency. But, what gave Kim and I goosebumps was watching the collaboration. It was more than the typical neighborly, “let me show you,” kind of conversation. We saw kids authentically reaching out to help their classmates make their work better. If you know elementary kids, you know that this is different.
As I watched Abby and Leila, I was struck by the very organic conversation and partnership that had bubbled up. I honestly don’t even know who was helping who because it was such an even give and take. What I do know is that as a result of their conversation, BOTH girls work was enhanced.
Similar “give and takes” happened all over the classroom as kids looked up from their own work and reached out to help their classmates succeed.
One question we have batted around a bit in my district, is will kids detach from one another as they become attached to their device? Over and over again, we have heard from other educators….just wait! The collaboration will be there and it will be even better (in my interpretation, more authentic). Granted, the kids were collaborating on how to make their finished work better, so yes, the bells and whistles of Pages, but I’m telling you….they were in it not for themselves, but for their peers and keep in mind, it was their first day with the Ipads. My fingers are crossed….
What has been your experience watching kids collaborate (or not!) with personal devices?
In case you were thinking I was making up how awesome my staff is, I wanted to share a tidbit I happened upon today. It was great timing as my post yesterday was on the Concerns Based Adoption Model and adult learners. Today as I strolled through a second grade class, I happened upon a teacher who has been wiggling around in Stage 3 (management!) and caught her as she took a step out into utilizing her Ipad with kids.
Kim is a great example of …”well, what the heck,I’ll try it…,” a really fun quality in a teacher! She has been making great use of her IPad as we had asked her to ~ living it, getting to know it, getting comfortable doing it. However, knowing her, I was not surprised when I walked in and saw her using her Ipad for the kids, with a reflection app on the ActivBoard, to engage them in a new (to them) way to publish. As she was showing the kids some of the ins and outs of Pages from her Ipad, they were able to watch her navigate the Ipad as she explained a bit about Pages and then were pumped when she told them they were going to check out an Ipad from the library for them all to use. They would even be able to present their writing form the Ipad with the reflection app….just like her! Student engagement,anyone?
As a leader, I celebrated her leap! As a learner, I asked her where she thought she was operating on CBAM. She very quickly responded ~ Level 3. When I probed as to why, she came back with a new number….2.5! (Not my intent by the way.) Kim’s reasoning made me smile: I feel like I am beginning to wonder how this will affect my classroom, but I also feel like the 3 is partly me because I am getting things ready and jumping in with experimenting with them more than just thinking about it . . . I don’t know is this a 2???
Based upon her response, what level would you suggest she is operating within?