Capturing Otherwise Unseen Moments with Apps
In the grand scheme of teaching and learning we come across many opportunities to enter into conference with our students. These often revolve around what we see in the work they present to us, but they have otherwise worked upon independently. These opportunities offer great insight in to the working of our students minds and a chance to assess their working ability. I regard these opportunities highly and treat them with due respect.
With this in mind it raises the question of the ‘unseen moment‘. The times that we as teachers would envisage as our greatest opportunities to assess and assist our students. The moments that slip by without notice due to the hectic nature of learning and running a classroom. The moments that cannot be planned for but are most sort after. The moments that we usually chance upon far to infrequently.
With the introduction of mobile technology, otherwise ‘unseen moments’ have the opportunity to become a frequent learning opportunity in your classroom. Whilst teaching halves in maths recently I had the fortune to accidentally stumble across an ‘unseen moment’. An otherwise mundane lesson, I can admit it was not the most creative lesson, brought about a realisation of the power of technology in the classroom.
Simply put, it was a lesson that could have been quite easily completed on paper. At the last moment I had decided to user Mover+ to send the sheet to my students and asked them to complete the activity using Explain Everything. Upon review of the videos produced, a student's work caught my attention. In an instant the realisation hit me, if completed on paper, I would not have caught the moment. I would not have been granted the opportunity of instant feedback and on this occasion praise. It would have remained an ‘unseen moment’.
To capture a young student;s realisation that they had made a mistake and be granted front row seats to the correction is a priceless moment. It is these ‘unseen moments’ that I urge you to seek. At times, we often concentrate on the end result of our students learning and at times miss the trials and tribulations that lead them to their completed work. By integrating technology into your weekly and daily teaching curriculum you greatly increase the percentages of capturing the ’unseen moment‘. Seamlessly integrating technology into student learning is an ever evolving challenge. Be aware as you take up the challenge not to miss the ‘unseen moments’ that will dot your journey and more importantly the learning journey of your students. They will offer you great insight and opportunity to assist student growth.
Here is a link to the moment that led me to this understanding - Fraction Action by Halves.
I hope the next time you are working through your students offerings that the ‘unseen moment’ is always on your radar. They are hard to find, don’t let them slip bye.
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