Last October I had the opportunity to participate in an interview about the benefits of using tools like Big Universe and also having a 1:1 technology initiative. Earlier this week I was contacted by Anil Hemrajani (CEO of Big Universe) about using the article to help promote his product.
I found it to be a great honor, and an awesome opportunity for East Noble Schools to shine in the ways we are integrating technology.
As I was reading through the article, I couldn't help but think that the vision of how we use technology has not changed a bit since October. We have to keep striving to communicate to the kids that their devices are tools for learning.
Now that East Noble School Corporation is entering into their third year of being a 1:1 technology school district, we really need to evaluate how we are using the technology. I challenge you all to think of ways that we can pursue "transforming" uses with the technology we have placed in the students' hands.
Are we having students accomplish tasks with the devices that were previously inconceivable? I think Big Universe can be included in this type of activity as students could take screenshots of parts of texts that they want to reference and annotate. They could then use apps like Skitch to mark, highlight, and annotate as they wish. All of this without using a single bit of paper. Lastly, they could use an app like 30 Hands to create a slideshow with their voice recording what they accomplished so that it can be sent to a teacher in a video format.
When I was teaching fourth grade, these were activities that I could only dream of doing. Now the reality is here. Let's take advantage of it!