What is coming next in the creation of learning opportunities and learning environments for the children we serve?
The NMC and The NMC and CoSN (the Consortium for School Networking) jointly releasing the NMC Horizon Report > 2015 K-12 Edition in a special session at the annual ISTE Conference. This edition describes annual findings from the NMC Horizon Project, an ongoing research project designed to identify and describe emerging technologies likely to have an impact on learning, teaching, and creative inquiry in K-12 education.
All over the world, schools have been shifting the roles of students from passive consumers of content and knowledge to creators of it. By integrating digital tools in lessons, students are more fluently producing media and prototypes, leading to greater engagement with learning. At ChemED Ireland 2014, Irish teachers shared how an activity in creating stop motion animation and filmmaking enabled learners to grasp complex chemistry concepts.
How are you helping children in your early childhood classroom create learning content for their peers with technology? How are you building a collaborative learning environment?
Here are some teacher takeaway tips from the TEC Center to help foster student driven content creation and build collaboration in your classroom:
- Move tech off the tables and into the hands of children to create and play!
- Put tablets, cameras and tape recorders on the floor in play areas or bring them with your class as they travel throughout the day so children can document their experiences and ideas. With a great case the devices should be safe!
- Rethink your classroom design!
- Do you need desks or shared tables for collaboration? Can you move the furniture around? Can your students help you redesign the classroom so they discover new interests and play ideas? Teacher and edtech expert, Erin Klein, blogs about how classroom design is a game changer for learning and collaboration.
- Create a makerspace in your learning environment!
At the TEC Center we begin every conversation about technology and young children with a solid foundation of child development theory and we explore and advance appropriate and intentional uses of technology and mindful technology integration through the lens of what we know about how children grown, develop and learn, the importance of relationships and social-emotional development, and the centrality of family and culture in children’s lives.
How are you planning to collaborate, play, make, and tinker with children during the 2015-16 school year? Join us in the comments here or on Twitter to continue the conversation!