I am so excited! As this blog post is being read, I am either on my way to my second TCEA or I have arrived in San Antonio. Last year, presenting at TCEA truly changed my life and my business, TannenbaumTech. I made some amazing connections that helped me take my mission of empowering educators to use technology to amplify student learners by creating artifacts of learning to the next level. I met educators that I had only known online and they became friends. I was only there two days last year- but this year, I will be there all week. I have 4 sessions- two 90 minutes sessions and two 60 minute sessions. They are all newly revised as I add my learning from my ISTE certification journey to my work. Plus, I have 2 vendor sessions- one for Pear Deck and one for EdPuzzle. Come to any or all of my sessions for easy to implement strategies, book giveaways, of course, stickers and empower your fellow educators and students with what you take back home with you!
Reviewing what are the ABCs of Transforming Learning are-
Two weeks ago, I shared a blog post called J = Jump Into Tannenbaum Tech's 3 Cs of Creation. So many times when we decide to add more creating into our educational settings, it can be overwhelming, but it doesn't have to be. In fact, using Tannenbaum Tech's 3 Cs of Creation makes it so much easier to determine whether a tech tool is a good match for the students you serve. Not only do they address UDL or Universal Design for Learning as they provide our students more ways to share their learning, but they also provide both ISTE Standards for Educators and Students. So let's jump into the 3 Cs of Creation.
This week, we will focus on K = Kick Off Collaboration Activities Even With Your Youngest Learners. After writing my blog post two weeks ago, I knew that this blog post had to be next. Getting our students to create is essential, but helping them to collaborate can be easier said than done. This post scaffolds best practices I have discovered to scaffold this journey and ensure success.
K = Kick off Collaboration Activities Even With Our Youngest Learners
Set Up Project Parameters
Reflect and Adjust
After each lesson, I was lucky enough to not only have time to reflect, but also to make small tweaks as needed. One of those tweaks was splitting my screen so students could see their partners on half of the screen (and I could see who was what color page) and having the edurubricon on the other half. Another tweak was giving my students video and audio options on their commenting pages.
Each time I did these activities, I would become more confident in their collaboration. They were learning how to respect each other’s digital space and how to comment on their peer’s work. But the best reward came later in the year when I saw one Kindergarten student helping his partner. I asked what he was doing and he replied, “He’s my tech buddy and when one of us needs help, we help each other. “ That is truly priceless. If you work with littles, try this out- you will be so glad you did.