This year has been my first time working in a 1:1 device setting and I have loved learning all the different tools that can be used. My biggest learning has been deciding how much time should be spent on the device and what can the device be used for?
A lot of our visitors ask me the same questions - 'do the learners not just use the chromebook as a past time? How do you monitor what the learners are doing? Are they not just doing 'busy' work.' And I think all these questions are fair but I have learnt that children can do busy work if it is digital or physical. So planning and preparation are essential!!
I have found that digital learning has really helped build agency as I can record myself, create workshops, link playlists and get learners to research their next steps. So I have been able to create a wider bank of resources than ever before!! And that is what I have found - it is a resource that supports learning and it allows me to work with different size groups to further the learning. BUT physical resources are also essential. Just like in our PD with Jannie Van Hees where she said the importance of using practical resources to boost a sense of community and get the learners engaging physically in group settings.
Therefore I am excited for next year after spending this year exploring different digital tools I can continue to boost my understanding of how the digital world meets the physical world.
Although we do not know what the future holds I feel we have to attempt to understand what qualities and skills will be needed/desired to be successful adults: creative, risk takers who can self regulate and adapt to a changing environment (with confidence or resilience?). - That's my thoughts anyways. Helping children to accept and understand what ‘comfortable with being uncomfortable so you are prepared for anything’ means.
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