The other day I discussed this year’s extraordinary changes to teaching and learning with a colleague. After listening to a burbling, enthusiastic avalanche of my responses, she grinned and said, “it’s been quite a learning curve, hasn’t it.”
Indeed. When reflecting on nearly a year’s teaching in a 1:1 laptop environment, my thoughts were plentiful. Rather than go into the sort of detail that causes most readers (or listeners, if I have cornered them) to offer glazed smiles and slowly back away, I decided to take a more visual approach:
Here are more of my thoughts (in no particular order):
- The thrill of students connecting to the wider world.
- The realisation that I was more connected to my students through technology.
- The extraordinary collaborative power of Google docs and other online tools.
- Recognising that a distracted face tends to look the same… (Whether furtive note-passing or using online email chat).
- Being taught by my students, and encouraging them to teach each other.
- Taking tech outdoors and expanding opportunities for play.
- Revising my approaches to critical thinking and advanced research skills.
- Dictionaries: The change from page-turning to hyperlink hopping.