Placing mobile devices in the hands of our students gives them access to amazing resources – videos, paintings, sculptures, cartoons, podcasts not to mention the information available on thousands of websites. They can access this wealth of information using a range of safe, students friendly search engines or we can send them safely and quickly to the site we have planned using QR Codes.
As powerful for learning as this is for our students, sometimes I fear that students look without seeing and listen without hearing. We want our students to go deeper, to reflect and make connections. By combining Thinking Routines with the resources of the web we can encourage our students to go deeper. To think, reflect and make meaningful connections – then as Dr Seuss said “oh the places you’ll go”!
Imagine if students watch a Youtube clip with a clear intention of using the thinking routine “Connect – Extend – Challenge” or studied an original historic photo or magnificent painting and asked themselves what the could “See – Think – Wonder”. Or used the “Zoom In” routine to consider the 1903 painting of the “Opening of the First Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia” by Tom Roberts.
We can also use our iPads to enable students to quickly and creatively record and share their reflections and connections. They might use:
I truly believe that our students can gain so much more from the rich and varied resources on the web if we encourage then to think deeply, reflect and make connections. Combining iPads and thinking routines – well the possibilities are only limited by our imaginations.