It occurs to me that we could use more "real world" examples of teachers using technology in the classroom to support student learning. I'm not interested in tech use for the sake of adding "whizbang." Instead, I'd like to start profiling teachers who use tech to do innovative things- at the "transformative" end of the SAMR model if you will. Selfishly, this will help me with two things I need to improve upon: Blogging regularly and getting into classrooms more often. So here goes:
In the last couple of weeks, I've seen MoveNote used in unique ways to support student learning in speaking and writing (I'm looking at YOU, Common Core!) For those of you that don't know, MoveNote allows you to narrate and record a presentation and post the recording publicly.
In this example, English teacher Dave Narter asked his students do student portfolio self-assessments. The students were supposed to select 2 - 3 assignments, upload or link to the actual work, and then record a 2 -3 minute video discussing their areas or strength and areas in need of improvement.
A copy of the assignment can be found here, and a student example can be accessed by clicking on the image below.
The point, of course, is not the use of the technology. The point is to encourage students to critically review and reflect on their own writing for a (potentially) public audience.
If we want our students to develop and strengthen their writing, present ideas, and make strategic use of digital media, this fits the bill.