I just finished a lesson where my students were in the driver’s seat and…..it went great! I wrote a blog recently “Need to Loosen Up” and that’s just what I did. I was hesitant at first and went back and forth between whether or not I should just go with my lesson plan I worked so hard to develop. After seeing my students today, I am so glad I decided to go with allowing them to explore the new program on their own.
They were so excited and they actually looked at me with a surprise face at first. As if to say, “You’re really going to let us figure this out on our own?” Some students were nervous they would delete or “mess” up the program if they tapped on the wrong button, but I reassured them they wouldn’t. After reassuring them, I sent them back to their desks, each with an iPad , and off they went, exploring every button and feature of SonicPics.
By the end, the students learned how to incorporate their images they just saved from Google, record their voices, insert text under images, delete unwanted text, and so much more, without step-by-step instructions. They not only taught themselves, but they taught each other. Students were sharing ideas and their findings for a full 40 minutes….completely engaged the whole time. Some students would get frustrated that they could not perform a certain task, but it was great to see other students take them under their wings and guide them through the program.
Bottom line, I am so glad I gave my students this opportunity to discover the different features of this program on their own. I could really see and hear a sense of ownership and pride from all of my students as we ended the lesson by sharing what they learned.