I was envious of the student discussion and collaboration taking place in Mrs. Bettencourt's Ag Biology classes throughout the day. I heard students debating the structures and functions of various cellular organelles in ways that I only wished I would have overheard in my biology classes. All of the debate revolved around student engagement in Quizlet Live. I was impressed not only by the tech tool, but the way that it was seamlessly integrated into the class routine. This was my first experience with Quizlet Live and I am sold! There are very few tech programs that I would be willing to pay to use and Quizlet Live definitely makes that list.
I rounded out my day with several visits to Mr. Day's classes to witness the varying ways that he is leveraging technology in his social science classes. There I had my second exposure to Quizlet Live with the same seamless workflow and student enthusiasm as in Mrs. Bettencourt's classes. In his US History class, juniors navigated Google classroom, YouTube, and EdPuzzle to explore and analyze primary sources. In another block, Seniors were given the opportunity to work at their own pace completing a hyperdoc assignment, navigating websites, maps, and videos. Although each student had their own Chromebook and assignment in front of them, quiet, on task discussions could be heard throughout the room as students turned to neighboring students for assistance or to engage in discussions based on the material. My Digital Learning Day ended in Mr. Day's World Geography class where students were given time to explore one of my favorite tech tools, Piktochart. As an introductory assignment, students were given instructions in Google Classroom on the components required in their "About Me" infographic. In a world where we are asking students to be able to analyze and interpret large quantities of information on a daily basis, allowing students to create an infographic on a topic that they are experts, themselves, is a great way to introduce data literacy. While each infographic had the same basic components, each student's unique personality was evident. I know that this project is just the first steps towards amazing creations by these students.
This is just a small glimpse at the digital learning that took place in Central Unified today. I left West Campus feeling inspired by the varying ways that technology is being used to support student learning, promote collaboration, and allow for student creativity. Thank you again to Mrs. Ghosoph, Mrs. Bettencourt, and Mr. Day for inviting me into your classrooms today!
All teachers in Central Unified, I challenge you to send us pictures of how you are promoting student learning using technology or better yet, we would love to pay a visit to your classroom to document digital learning making a #impact on student learning.