Question 1: Talk about what you have found out as you have answered the question?
We found that in using Google Drive, we have only a replaced books in the classroom and not using technology in a transformative way. We discovered this halfway through our journey when we joined ICON learning and found out about the SAMR (Substitute, Augmentation, Modification, Redefinition) model and TPAK (Technology, Pedagogy and Knowledge). We realized that we were thinking too “small” when we started with our PARTS project, only focusing on Google Drive. We learned during our journey that technology is so much more than that, and there are plenty of Apps and tools out there that can transform the way we learn in 5/6. But we needed time to get used to the technology before feeling confident that we can use them effectively to help the kids.
We now actually feel that Google Drive is quite limited in its functions and it limits the amount that we can do to transform learning. At the moment, Google Drive only allows us to only reach the SAMR level of Augmentation and Modification which is children collaborating online. But it doesn’t redefine the way the students learn in the classroom.
Question 2: What do you see as being the next steps ?
Our next steps are transforming the way we use technology in the classroom in a way that REDEFINES learning. We will still be using Google Drive as a learning tool as a means of editing, feedback and collaboration. However, children’s work will now be published on an online platform (blog) that will not only connect to other schools in Australia but also classrooms around the world. This is also part of our So What theme, where children are asked to challenge themselves on making a difference
with their learning. For example: some of the children have created Show Me tutorials about Fables and presenting it as a teaching tool to other students in the level. They were required to co-operate with each other and help each other learn something new. We are hoping to do more collaborations like this across groups in the level and potentially across global classrooms. We are also hoping to send our Fables to the children in Matutinao.
In addition, we are also providing students opportunities to present their learning to us through various ways such as: Show Me, Imovies, stop motion animation, Power Point, Keynote etc. Students are encouraged to demonstrate their learning in different ways and use creativity whenever they can.
Some of the changes we have made to transform our students’ learning in Level 5/6:
* “So What” blog to present our So What inquiry projects and learning
* Google Drive
* Google Classroom
* Show Me, Stop Motion Animation etc.
* Doing more open ended tasks (Investigations etc.)
* Collaborations between groups across the Level
* Using what we have learned to educate others beyond our classroom
* Making learning more purposeful and relevant by making links with our community… always asking “So What?”