A Picture’s Worth 1000 Words

Recently, we had Grade 8 students working in small groups create cyberbullying presentations to share with our Grade 5 and 6 students.  While they presented to their own LA classes, I recorded their audience particpation on my iPad.  It was AMAZING!  At first students were “performing” for the recording but eventually they forgot I was there.  The data I collected was fabulous.  For the vast majority of our students it reinforced our perception of their listening skills but for some it was eye-opening.  When I shared some of the recordings with individual students they were unaware of their behaviour – they really did need to be able to see it to believe it! A picture is worth a thousand words!!

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  1. We’ve had a similar experience with our Grade 4’s. We have a couple of students who struggle with listening while students share. I used the iPad to record various students listening, and then we played the movies and identified elements of listening. Being able to stop, pause and replay each helped us zoom in and build criteria for a good listener. They recognized the importance of body posture (leaning forward), and emotional engagement with the speaker (smiling, nodding, laughing). I’m sure some of them went home with a sore back from all of the leaning forward and listening intently! Best of all, everyone has benefited, not just the specific few that I was originally aiming for. Once again, the technology may be necessary for some, but good for all.

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