For the final literacy center of this cycle, I decided to go with English. We had been studying nouns in that subject, and part of that study included singular and plural nouns.
I asked the students once again to use the Educreations app. First, they were to go around the room and take photos of different things we refer to using nouns. Then they were to write the the noun on the screen along with an S if it was a singular noun or a P if it was a plural noun. Finally, they were to record themselves saying that noun and tell me if it was singular or plural. Sounds pretty straightforward, right?
I was super excited about this idea since I thought the children would love the opportunity to get up and walk around the classroom to take photos. But at first it was a bit rocky. The students struggled with following the directions and staying on task.
The first few presentations students turned in were pictures of their friends with long descriptions of that person and how they knew each other–nice, but not what I was looking for. I also received photos of different things around the classroom, like our Shining as a Star board with a detailed explanation of how that board works. Again, not what I had told them to do.
So the second day, I reinforced what I was expecting. I again showed the sample video. And the kids still had problems following the directions I had given. To help them, I even wrote down step by step what I wanted. Who would have thought that this would confuse them?
Finally, one boy got the concept but did each picture individually and wound up with three separate presentations. Still, it was a step in the right direction. The third day was much smoother and the videos started looking the way I expected them to. (See one of the completed videos.)
This just goes to show that even in the new world of technology these eight-year-olds are living in, how to use technology is something that needs to be taught. The old world concept of following directions is still a huge part of being successful.
Have you discovered your students having any struggles with technology? If so, how did you help them?