Thursday, January 17, 2013
Then and Now
Fast forward an hour and students are all completely engaged as they are using a new program called Wallwisher during class council. This online site allows students to all post comments on a wall at the same time. They can see other people's responses in real time. In the picture above you can see the big screen shows all the students' comments about bullying as they are typing on their netbooks. This was such a huge difference to the learning students in Vermont did centuries ago. It was a great comparison for the class.
We are so blessed to be a 21st century school. The access to technology and the amount we use it in class has certainly enhanced the fourth graders' learning. We continue to focus on teaching them skills to make them proficient in this new online world. A major focus is plagiarism. We have been focusing on the importance of not stealing work that is not their own. It is so important that whenever students are online and using the internet to gain information, that they always write down the site where they retrieved their knowledge. The sooner we can make this an every day habit, the easier it will be for students to make sure that they are never accused of plagiarizing someone else's work. This is not a one time lesson for my students, this is ongoing learning that hopefully through repetition will become automatic whenever they are using technology.