Katie Titler, a Spanish teacher in Pulaski Wisconsin found that by using the screen recording app, she was able to enhance her students oral language skills. In her blog post, she shares that, "The great thing about this activity is that it allowed students to really focus on their speaking abilities and reflect with greater precision." Enhancement through technology tools is when technology can create a value-added to the learning goals. In this example, the students are able to participate in conversations in the target language in order to meet the learning goals, record their conversations, hear them, revise and do the conversation again. This would be much more difficult without the technology tools. In addition, the students are co-engaging with the technology tool by doing the activity in pairs. A nice example of co-use and engagement too!
In this lesson (CC TIMS website) elementary students use a spreadsheet and the Internet to create a budget for an authentic community service project.
How it meets the Triple E Framework
Engagement: The spreadsheet is scaffolded to help keep the students focused on the learning goal (creating the budget for the community service project) with few distractions. They are also co-using the technology (working in pairs) so that they can provide checks and balances, probe each other with questions and construct knowledge together.
Enhancement: The spreadsheet allows students to quickly calculate and modify their purchases based on their budget. They are able to quickly use the Internet to gather knowledge about costs and review best options of items needed for the project. Both would be more difficult without digital tools.
Extension: The technology is connected with an authentic project that the students will participate in (cleaning up elderly neighbors lawns).
Liz Kolb is a clinical associate professor of education technologies at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. She works with over 150 preservice teachers every year on integrating technology into K-12 teaching.
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