A few months ago (and more recently), we asked for your help: we wanted real-life teachers to share what was happening in their classrooms technology-wise. And share you did! We heard from so many of you, and we’re going to be sharing your classrooms with our fabulous readers starting…today! I don’t know about you guys, but I find it so insightful to see what other folks are out there doing. Sometimes they mention a tool they use or an application for a particular device that I hadn’t thought of, and I wish I had been able to think of that particular thing so much earlier! This is why collaboration is so awesome, and important.
Today, we’re hearing from Steve Wick, who teaches high school in Naperville, IL. Thanks for sharing your classroom with us, Steve!
And don’t forget, if you’d like to share your classroom with us, please do! We’d love to hear from you!
Steve Wick (Follow Steve on Twitter!)
High school Environmental Science, Public school
Technology has shifted the power in my classroom. Our classroom has become more collaborative and student centered. I facilitate the topics and students deliver the results using cellphones, iPods, tables and Chromebooks. Google Drive and Socrative our two of my essential tools for tracking student progress.
Technology is such a useful tool for learning and collaboration. Students regularly work together in small groups and create and document their discussions using Google Docs and Google Moderator. The web allows students to answer their own questions and more readily share what they think they know with the teacher and their classmates.
While technology can be a distraction at times for some kids, a quick redirect usually gets them on track. Students are not the “digital natives” that so many people believe they are. Sometimes getting students to the right place in the right way on their own devices can slow down the learning experience for a bit.
Chromebooks are my favorite piece of technology right now.
Top 5 resources:
1. Google Drive / Apps for Education
5. Google Plus / Google Moderator
I’d like a 2nd screen to project student work, and a class set of Chromebooks.
Time is frequently the biggest hurdle. It is much easier and faster to just tell kids the answers.
Connectivity is the second hurdle, if the network goes down you need to be prepared to shift how the class learns.
I love the challenge that teaching brings everyday. No year, week or even day is the same. I love testing new ideas and creating new lessons to drive learning.
Everyday is my ideal classroom.
I guess there could always be something different or “ideal”, but I am happy when my students show up and we learn from each other.