Thursday, October 2, 2014

Layers of Technology

As we transition to fall, I think about grabbing a sweater to layer up.  Fall is all about layering to stay productive as the temperatures start to drop.  It was a different type of layering I observed when I visited Ms. Miller’s high school science classroom - technology layers.   

Her classroom is an example of students having a voice in selecting and layering in different technology to help them be productive during their science inquiry work.  Technology layers started with personal devices such as phones and tablets being used as timers and cameras to create a visual record of their experiments.  Mac computers were used in conjunction with scientific technology probes to help students more accurately measure the variables of their experiments.  The layers continued with Google Sheets help them with data organization and graphs, EasyBib for source organization, and Google Sites to create a student portfolio that showcases their project.


For me, this is evidence of many years of Solon teachers teaching students how to be productive with different tech tools in the classroom.  All of the prior education has paid off.  Students were active and productive, truly showcasing what it means to be an independent learner.  Ms. Miller has created an advanced learning environment by allowing students to have the choice to use different layers of technology.  And she has organized it all in a way which makes it seem as easy as putting on a fall sweater.  Happy Fall!

- Contribution from Amber Bridge, Grant Wood AEA Technology Consultant. Want to share what is going on in your class or collaborate on a technology project?  Feel to to contact me

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