During the practice of the art and science of teaching, teachers are constantly engaged in designing resources to improve the learning experiences and achievement of their students. Depending on the culture of the school, teachers often share these lesson plans, ideas, and activities with the teachers next door or across the hall of the school building. This collaboration helps everyone focus on individual strengths, and students and teachers benefit from this shared expertise.
This post is part of a series about the Building Blocks for Personalized Learning. When teachers help students develop the building block of Confidence, together they can build a foundation that supports personalized learning. It takes confidence for students to begin to own the learning experience and for teachers to transform their classrooms by sharing the learning experience with their students. This confidence in the classroom can be expressed in many different ways.
Almost two years ago, I wrote an article for eSchool News entitled, “The Advantages of the BYOT Classroom.” At the time, I was the Coordinator of Instructional Technology for Forsyth County Schools in Georgia, and the advantages that I listed were the qualities that I had observed in classrooms that effectively utilized Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT) to transform teaching and learning opportunities with students’ personal technology tools.
Now, I’m collaborating with several schools and districts around the country that are beginning to implement Personalized Learning to better connect students with engaging academic content; to facilitate the development of digital age skills; and to utilize technology to provide access to anytime, anywhere learning.
Each opening day of school throughout my childhood was full of nervous anticipation and just a little bit of dread. I was excited about seeing my friends and using my new school supplies. I always hoped that I would return to school a little taller than the other kids in my class. There were, however, usually two constants. First, I continued to be shorter than everyone else, and second, instead of actually using my school supplies to make anything, all of my classes followed the same routine.
I recently had the opportunity to meet with a team of forward-thinking Media Specialists at Keller Independent School District. The primary objective for our time together was to co-construct meaningful goals for 21st Century teaching and learning and the instructional integration of SAFARI Montage Digital Curriculum Presenter as a tool for this process.
One of the ways to publish student work is through the use of computers. Publication can be a great motivator for student writing. Students who have an audience and an authentic purpose for writing, write better (Wood, 2000).