The students at my school start working 1:1 with a device from Year 4. There is a lot to learn and this is big step for sure, but I strongly believe that the students are up to the challenge and can do amazing things when you put the skills in their hands.
I was so delighted to see this lovely example come out of a Year 4 Science Lesson this week. These students are only 8 and 9 years old! After learning how to add a picture and doing some work with tables in one of my Digital and Design Technologies lessons the previous week, the classroom teacher decided to go digital with her Science lesson this week. The students conducted a field study of erosion in the school grounds. They utilised the skills learnt previously and applied them to a new situation by creating a table of their observations and adding photographic evidence. The teacher was thrilled with what the students achieved and the ability to add pictures to their field study notes enhanced the activity for the students.
I have to say I was thrilled also. It is always pleasing knowing you are having an impact in your role, but also seeing the independent transfer and application of skills in another subject area - YAY!
This example of student work illustrates two points I want to make:
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