One key component to successful technology integration in the classroom is to have students make their learning visible. In order for students to really take ownership of their learning, let them show you what they know.
Questions to keep in mind as you are planning:
- How might this task allow the student to make thinking visible?
- How might the device be used to hear from every student in the class?
- How might the students be able to actively share their work so they can learn from each other?
By having students make their learning visible (show what they know), teachers are helping them learn how to tackle challenging content and develop better thinking skills. With visible thinking, students should also be collaborating and learning from each other. Have students create artifacts that allow them to demonstrate their understanding of the learning target and provide an authentic audience to share their work.
The list below includes ideas that can be done both on paper or on the Chromebook.
- One-Pager: "A one pager is a single-page response to your reading (can be used on fiction and non-fiction texts). It is a way of making a pattern of your unique understanding. It is a way to be creative and experimental. It is a way to respond imaginatively and honestly. ... The purpose of a one-pager is to own what you are reading." A One-Pager can be done on paper or tools like Google Drawing can be used for students to make their learning visible.
- Storyboards: Storyboards are a great way to have students demonstrate their understanding of a text or idea.
- Screencasting: Have students use the Screencastify Chrome extension to demonstrate their understanding of a math problem, present information on a topic for a Gallery Walk, practice Spanish vocabulary, etc. Using Screencastify, students can narrate over anything that is on their computer screen.
- Socratic Seminars/Philosophical Chairs: Both of these strategies are a way for students to verbalize their thinking. Students have to show what they know through the use of textual evidence from an article or a piece of literature. This can be done during a face-to-face, verbal discussion, or teachers can moderate virtual discussions using webtools like the "Discussion" feature in Google Classroom, Verso App, Padlet, TodaysMeet, etc.