I’ve been helping my grade 7s learn about good ol’ fashioned mind mapping. It’s such a fun process. We’re basically learning how to track the learning process and, well, map our thinking. I don’t see how innovation is possible otherwise.
It’s been great to see my grade 7s picking their tool. It’s about 50/50 as to whether they want to use paper or digital. I love it. That’s exactly the right ratio, in my opinion.
Then one of my student comes over and says, “Mr. Lee, can I do it as a video journal instead? You know, like a vlog?”
Of course I said yes. And of course that made my day.
I want my students to use our/their technology like it’s a tool; one that they make metacognitive decisions about. Whenever you forget why it’s important to move away from computer labs and, instead, get the technology living in classrooms and kids’ pockets, mingling with paper and pens, remember my little story above.