Technology is not a replacement for good teaching, planning, lessons, or solid instructional delivery. Alone, it is not going to achieve goals and increase student achievement. But when it is creatively used and embedded into lessons in a carefully thought out process, you will see students learning while being actively engaged in the process.
Crystal Benson, the Behavior Support Specialist for the Elementary classrooms at Wildwood School had an idea. She wanted to make circle time accessible to all of the students in the classroom and still let them be part of the lesson. She wanted them to be engaged and reach the highest potential they could possibly reach.
Enter- Smart Notebook App. Crystal re-created the entire circle time on 2 iPad Minis using this app from the makers of SMART Technologies. What this essentially did was bring circle time to the students that previously could not participate in the whole group, allowing them to remain part of the group and be active and engaged participants.
I was honored to be able to come watch this lesson in person. I love seeing technology used in this way- making learning accessible to all students. Technology was not the focus of the lesson. Creative teaching and problem solving along with solid instructional delivery from all of the classroom staff was. And when this is partnered with 21st century technology, there is no limit to what can be done!
Mark Giufre (deTechtive1) 2013