I am not the most creative person when it comes to technology in the classroom. I worked at a school where I had a SmartBoard. Yet outside of creating a couple of activities where the kids could come up and move items on the SmartBoard, to me the SmartBoard was a big ‘ol projection screen with good speakers.
The other person who teaches Social Studies really pushes me to step outside of my technological comfort zones. Hence why students in my 7th grade World History class ended up creating podcasts about Oral History and West Africa instead of writing a paper about it. I have to say, I was really proud of some of the end results. One of the exemplars is posted above. The pseudonym Spreading the Gold is a nod to Mansa Musa while Griot is a nod to the oral history tradition in West Africa. Made in America was the seventeen second sample I created in order for the kids to get an idea of what they would be doing.
At my current position there’s a HUGE push to incorporate technology into the classroom as a means to differentiate instruction and engage students. The goal (I think) is for the school to become 1:1 (i.e., each kid has a digital device in front of them through which they engage in the classroom). It’s funny. One of the reasons why I got rejected from a teaching job in Spain was because I had no experience with 1:1 schools. Now I’m here in Venezuela and I find myself in the midst of it.
One step in this project process to get the kids organized was the completion of a Typeform survey. If interested in creating a similar project, please reach out to me. I would be more than willing to tell you what worked and what didn’t and share the resources that I used. Stay tuned for another podcast!