“ShowMe” what you know.
Type of technology: iPad app
SAMR Model Rating: Modification
Grade Level: 11-12
Subject area: Math
Recently my tech coach assigned us some reading. What?! Homework?? Turns out it was some pretty good stuff, Alan November’s article “Clearing the Confusion between Technology Rich and Innovative Poor: Six Questions“.
After thinking I was becoming a pretty savvy tech-type of teacher, I read this article and realized I have a long way to go. So I decided to attempt to put into practice just one of the suggestions for an innovative rich lesson. The one I tried was #4: “Are there opportunities to broaden the perspective of the conversation with authentic audiences from around the world?” To do this I assigned groups of students in my AP Calculus AB class a topic to discuss and to create a “ShowMe” using the interactive whiteboard app for future students and to publish their work on the ShowMe website. I can hear you saying it right now, “…well AP students will do anything – try that with freshman or even 7th graders!” So that’s my challenge to you, and to me, try it!
When diving into technology in the classroom, with any grade level, you must prepare for things not going as planned. After dolling out all the iPads and sending students to work it became evident that there was some type of glitch in the server so their work wasn’t being saved. Yes, there I had it, 30 very upset teenagers – really angry that I had asked them to do something and they were not able to “”ShowMe” that they had done it. Worse yet, I asked them to try it again with a different app called Educreations. Granted that every app has a purpose Educreations didn’t work well because you couldn’t type text. So I still had 30 very frustrated teenagers and needed a solution to this assignment’s downfall.
So day three with the iPads resulted in allowing students to use whatever app or website they chose to complete a presentation. The good news is that some were able to complete a “ShowMe” and so I have these in my files for future students to see. Other good news is that everyone completed the assignment in some form!
One thing that didn’t go so well was my rubric. I included a criterion that every group member’s voice must be heard. But then I allowed any type of presentation tool and many used ones without audio. So I had to let those points go when I graded the assignment. Below is a copy of the rubric.
Here are links to some of the student work:
In summary, this was a great first attempt to “Creating opportunities to broaden the perspective of the conversation with authentic audiences from around the world.” But I have much more work to do. I need to show students how create more effective ShowMe’s and have them publish their work in order to receive feedback from other students in the class and the community. Then the next step would be to have them improve their work from the feedback received. I also want to try this with a different grade level.
My best advice to you is not to be afraid to dive in….the water’s fine. You need to start somewhere and that’s what I did. Having students create and explain what they are learning is crucial. I am excited to see what happens when students start publishing their work for the “world”. Alan November believes that when students realize that their audience is going to include other students in addition to their teacher, there is instantly more “buy-in” and all of a sudden their work becomes more important since they are publishing for the world. I can’t wait to take this to the next level!