C4,W3: Learning Deeply, Digitally

Reading about deep learning from Monica Martinez, I found it very good defined those 6 strategies.

6 Powerful Strategies For Deeper Learning In Your Classroom

 

  • How might the classroom/school environment impact learning partnerships?

Parents, teachers, and children are creating a partnership. They are all contributing to the learning experience.

  • Design deep learning tasks that are made possible by technology.

We created Winter Themed postcards and we advertise per Seesaw to the parents creating online shopping opportunities for the parents before Christmas. The funds were donated to the Angel Tree. This project was a planned collaboration for a fundraising activity between the homeroom teacher and the art department.

 

This project gave to the students was embraced by the students with great creativity and big learning leadership, to advertise their idea as they wished for their purpose.

Another deep learning tasks that I tried to design was to combine printmaking with animation. However, we are still in process of creating the linocut prints, it took us longer, (carving is a hard process at this age), and later on,  we will print and we will apply the digital tools to try to create an animation.

Thinking about other deep learning tasks: recognizing images, motion, voices, I found some great examples from our everyday life. Did you know that deep learning is used for new cars that are driving on autopilot?

https://www.mathworks.com/discovery/deep-learning.html

  • How might human connections make deep learning possible?

The success of a learning experience is often based on a great relationship between student and teacher. If first is nurtured a good relationship of trust, mutual respect, and empathy, afterward the student gets confident and takes serious his learning goals, becomes empowered and gives his best.

Another example is from my PLN.

Recently I could reach one of my goals to become a seesaw Ambassador. It was very inspiring to get connected to the community of educators around the world who are using seesaw for learning.

Especially during online learning, the strong connections between parents and teachers made it possible for the little ones to use the media to participate in the learning experience. Also due to Twitter, the seesaw community of teachers, COETAIL, and other platforms we were able to communicate more easily with other educators around the world and to exchange ideas, and improve our practice as educators.

  • Reflect on how invisible bias impacts the learning environment.

In Romania, the children are learning through the online system because the schools are closed due to coronavirus. Talking to my peers in Romania, I realized how difficult it is for many children, who don’t have a computer at home and therefore cannot participate in the learning process online.

It is quite paradoxical, but many Romanian people are very talented and good at computer skills. I think along the years the lack of some equipment made the people become more creative on how to use the minimum of technology tools and they are very eager and curious to learn about technology. Many found it very important to have a mobile phone but they are limited to afford in many places a computer, especially in rural zones.

However, it is impressive how many young people chose IT for their career and they immigrate abroad for better opportunities for working.

I am sure that this situation could be even acuter in other countries, and people at first glance misjudge what a person from a non developed country would be capable of.

The Economist:  In poor countries technology makes a difference for education.

How could we educate our students to think objectively?

There is a great exercise with an example/form about how can we teach the students how to recognize the invisible bias.  This is great training for critical thinking.

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2019-09-04-everyone-has-invisible-bias-this-lesson-shows-students-how-to-recognize-it

 

  • “It is imperative that we make deep learning tasks accessible to all learners.”(Enduring understanding)

I know that lots of deep learning examples are happening in international schools(especially the IB systems, as far as I know), but how can the regular students from the state education system reach those new methods of learning? Would be possible in the future that state institutions to collaborate with private schools to get inspired by those concepts and practice of deep learning? I know that in South Korea, we have guests teacher from the Korean Education Program who are observing us and collaborating with us to understand those new approaches. How about other countries in the world? Are they also opened to this model?

 

Researching about “Knowledge Construction”, I found out from some Finnish authors that:

“Knowledge construction is a collaborative process which aims to produce new understanding or knowledge which exceeds something that anyone alone could not achieve. It is also essential that knowledge construction is based on each others’ ideas and thoughts.” ( Learning from Social Collaboration: A Paradigm Shift in Evaluating Game-Based Learning)

 

  • Re-structure students’ learning of curricular content in more challenging and engaging ways made possible by digital tools and resources?

Use digital media (like Stop Motion or  Movie Maker)  to animate a drawing or a print with the help of digital tools. For this task, I will definitely partner with the students in designing the structure or process of the task. Some of them have already great experience using animation programs.

I am thinking even about creating an afterschool activity club where they could use the digital tools directly in their projects.

Another important idea for me of using the digital tools was to create a self-assessment method and peer assessment technique.  A reflection at the end of their project, that they could fill in, write their thoughts, and evaluate themself and their peers. We could collect, analyze, and speak about their growth, their classmates’ growth, and their needs within the art class program.

So, the ISTE for students that I chose, was the Empowered Learner.

Empowered Learner

Students leverage technology to take an active role in choosing, achieving and demonstrating competency in their learning goals, informed by the learning sciences.

See the Empowered Learner standards in action.  Empowered Learner Playlist

What kind of digital tools and resources did you use in your practice? Could you please share with me some examples from your experience? What are the simple digital platforms/ apps, programs that children from elementary students could use? Thank you.

 

 

 

 

5 Replies to “C4,W3: Learning Deeply, Digitally”

  1. Hi Simona,
    Wow, I thought that your postcard idea was fantastic! What a great way to incorporate technology and allow students to truly take ownership of their creations. How did students react when somebody chose to buy their postcard?

    Have you tried Thinglink? https://www.thinglink.com/
    It allows users to create interactive images. An example could be an image that students post featuring a button that could play an audio reflection of the inspiration behind their creations. There are quite a few possibilities that are well worth exploring.

    Book creator is another digital tool you could use with students. This program allows students to upload their own images to include with their writing. Last year I wanted to use this for our poetry unit so that students could create collections of their works paired with images they had created. Unfortunately, due to distance learning, this idea never really took off but it’s one that I think could have worked well.

    1. Hi Simon!
      Thank you very much for your feedback and for your valuable tips about different digital tools. I value this a lot.
      Yes, my children were very happy that they sold out all their cards, and even some students when they saw it in the assembly, were interested in them and appreciated it very much.
      I haven’t tried yet book creator or thinglink. But I was thinking about my next project to use thinglink. I am planning to create a museum with my students and I think it is a very useful digital tool.
      Best of luck with your projects. I remember your poetry unit. Very impressive. I always enjoy reading your blog.
      Cheers, Simona.

  2. Hi Simona!
    What a wonderful idea with the postcards. Did the students make several copies ahead of time? Or did they wait to see how many postcards their parents wanted to buy?

    I agree with Simon that Book Creator is a great tool, which the elementary teachers at my school use often. There is an app and there is also a web-based version. The big difference between the two is that with the web-based version the students can work together on the same book, whereas in the app each student works on their own book (no way to collaborate).

    How are you using Seesaw with your students? I have used it more now during the pandemic that I had in years past. It’s a great way for the students to show their learning, and it doesn’t get lost since it’s digital. I have been using (and even creating) Seesaw activities to go with some lessons or to assess my students’ understanding of a concept. The other Grade 2 teachers and I use the Announcement feature of Seesaw to send the weekly schedule to our students and parents – this way the students can easily access the links to our class meetings.

    Has how you use technology with your students changed during this pandemic? Have you started using new digital tools or resources since the pandemic started that you weren’t using before? If so, what new digital tools or resources have you started using?

    -Erika

    1. Hi Erika,
      Thank you so much for your words and valuable ideas on how to use the seesaw.
      I was using it every time during VLE or Hybrid school to create an activity, save it will the skills and subject( that I could easily find it later), and as a reflection as well. The activities that I created often have multiple sources,(video links) and pictures to guide and inspire my children. I often use the template feature to create and organize the format of how they will respond. Especially for the shapes and the text bubbles are very useful.
      Sometimes, I ask them to record themselves explaining and reflecting on their artwork. Or use digital tools for some simple tasks. I send also announcements for parents or reminders to the children what to bring to school or to share some final presentations, thank you, goodbyes, etc. For me, it is very easy to communicate with students, give feedback on their work, and send them back to revise some aspects or approve their work, if they achieve what was required. I also used other digital tools as padlet, canva, movie creator to make trailers or google slides. I haven’t tried yet book creator but I might try it in the future. Thank you.

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