I have been planning this blog post, since having a very interesting conversation with twitter pal, Heidi Hass Gable (@HHG)
, a couple of weeks ago. We talked about the benefits of WiFi and how my teaching has evolved since my school went wireless. So, I have been thinking about this post since then and was planning on writing about my transformation from "teacher at the centre of it all" to another body blending into the crowd...you have heard it before-- "The guide on the side instead of the sage on the stage". That sort of thing...and it is all true and it has been an amazing journey!
But then the nature of this post switched...
My friend and teaching partner, Hugh McDonald (@HughTheTeacher)
gave our students WiFi as the topic for their
blog post this week...and now my perspective doesn't seem as important anymore...instead here is what our students
think about how WiFi and how it has changed their
Ruqaiyah is in grade 6.
I absolutely love her thoughts on sharing her learning; "In our class we have e-portfolios and we put our best work and achievements online so the world can see them and inspire other people such as teachers. Sharing your knowledge with people is a really important thing because you can help someone create something amazing just by sharing your ideas". How brilliant!
Another 6th grade student, Sarah
, wrote, "We need wifi in school because it’s You can talk to other people around the world about the project that we are doing like the globel read aloud about a book called the one and only ivan which is amazing talking to other schools about it".
And here is Indy's blog:
, a grade 7 student, points out that "With wifi you have a variety of ways of getting research done, you have pictures and videos. In math now we are making a arcade game and we need to learn all the learning outcomes. Most of the people in my class don’t know how to do circumference. So they search it on you tube".
Students taking charge of their own learning? Sounds good to me!
, a grade 7 student brought up a few different benefits, one being presentations. She stated, "We also use it a lot for presentations, such as PowerPoints, creating websites or just writing something on Word. It’s more interesting to be able to learn it by creating it and using many cool features than just writing it on a poster. Other students that may be watching the Powerpoint will be engaged in it and taking a lot of information in".
I could keep going and going, or if you are interested please check out all our blogs at kidblog.org/mrszisclass-2
. We would love to hear your comments!
The children have spoken, and they see the benefits that WiFi has had on their education: the sharing with a global community, the ability to create and share their ePortfolios, iPad math games, etc. It is a part of the way we learn now and gives us so many opportunities.
What do you think? Has it changed the way you teach or the way your students learn?