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:
- When it comes to new ideas or pedagogical practices the biggest influence on teachers are OTHER TEACHERS! Seeing her students learning these simple skills in my lesson, prompted this teacher to try it herself. The bonus here of course is that the students get to practice these skills again and become more confident.
- We can underestimate the ability of our students sometimes. I have literally had people laugh when I say I use OneNote with Year 4 students. Not only can these kids navigate a complex class notebook full of section groups for different subjects, but they can also add pictures, tables, draw, add text, create their own pages and sections - and its only the 7th week of school! You cannot throw technology at kids at expect that they can just do it, but give them the skills, the time, the support and they will dazzle you!