We thought that:
- student engagement would be very high
- students would have access to learning 24/7 and that they would make use of this
- self regulation - students would be able to better pace their learning
- sharing of work - students can more easily share their work with their peers and get feedback
- teachers would be able to give formative feedback to students more easily and more often
While we haven't yet collected any hard data - we can see already that all of the above is happening and we are thrilled with all of this.
- student voice would be so loud and clear in support of this initiative
- students would use the opportunity to share thoughts that they may never have shared in the classroom (in front of others) with teachers (and Principal!) - It has given some of the more reticent students another way to make contact and share their thinking
- students are making decisions about who they want to receive feedback from sharing their work
- the very small amount of time that it took for them to be comfortable in this environment - they are like sponges and they just want more and more
- the more control they seem to get over their learning - the deeper the thinking and the more they want to share
If anyone was sitting on the fence at the beginning of this project as to its worth - you shouldn't be now. The students of today are so ready for this type of learning.
Parents, we would welcome your comments on your observations so far.
Vicki and Jo