Please check out the link to our website and follow our MIB students on their path to the Provincial Skills Canada Competition in April!
I had an opportunity to experience the world!
After 2 years of working with Makerspaces and Technology initiatives, I was able to travel to New York to attend the World’s Maker Faire and marvel at the depth of passion and creativity that was present in every project. It was truly inspiring to see and I hope to post upcoming ideas and projects in the very near future.
How are students using personal technology?
What technology do students currently use? Facebook is actually not the correct answer…that along with Pinterest has become the hangout of “old people”… you know, 25 plus.
Snapchat is by far the most used personal app by our students. One thing we must constantly remind our students of is the need to be positive digital citizens and to be aware of their online presence.
Gaining the attention and engagement of the students is not a new concept, but the advent of technology has made distractions much more readily accessible for our pupils. Positive classroom management and daily routines help to teach our students acceptable behaviour yet allow them the freedom and creativity to use technology to assist in their learning.
One app really helps to alleviate the issues with students not paying attention while using iPads or other devices:
Once these apps have assisted in the engagement of your class we now have to figure out a good way to get assignments from their devices so you can give them the feedback and assessment they desire.
This has been tricky and is still in the trial process but there are two ways to have students “hand in” assignments from their devices.
*Our goal for today – continue the pursuit of technology integration acknowledging that the desired end result is student success.
The technology we use is simply a tool of engagement and should never overshadow student achievement.