Students often make innovative and efficient use of technology. There is so much that can be learned from them, with them and by observing them. This was really pushed home to me earlier this week, when I asked students to copy (my untidy) notes from the whiteboard in accounting. One girl, immediately pulled out her mobile phone and took a photo of it, saving 10 minutes or so of hand written work! This same student travels on a bus for 1 1/2 hours each way, each day of the school week – a total 3 hour round trip. She can pull up her images and study them during this time.
Why hadn’t I thought of that? I shall certainly be encouraging students to do this in the future. I am also determined to give students at least 5 minutes of my class each week, to simply share what technology they are using, what tools/technology they have played with this week, any concerns they have from the use of technology etc.
How have you noticed students independently using technology for learning? Have these really just made common sense? How do you learn from students – especially in regard to their use of technology?