Thursday, March 27, 2008

On Being an Old New Learner

I have been working on a project with both the grade seven and eight students using the comiqs site. What a great site and for those students who completed the activity it was great.

1) I realised that I have a higher need to control the learning environment when I am unsure of my skills and understanding of the project. I don't find it easy just to roll with the situation. I want to type out the steps of the project rather than allowing students to "play" with the site. I also found that as my stress transfers to the students.

2) After several periods of working on the project I realised that there was something wrong with our school's ability to upload to the site. I had just assumed I was doing something wrong and had not instructed the students correctly. It find it frustrating to want to try new things with students and find that the system is not supportive of that learning.

3) It was easier for the second group of students who worked with the site. We worked in smaller groups, they seemed better able to work through the steps. And oh yes, Donna came out to help us!

4) Students need to have an email account for so many projects which can be done online.

5) Students whose parents have not said there pictures can be on the internet quickly phone home when they want to use photos of themselves and their friends.

So, as an older learner, I am going to need to be sure of the site I am using, ask questions of the tech department when I have questions, and trust that it will work.

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