She. Loves. Them.
Not only does she love them, but she is good at them, and she knows it (I mentioned this in last week's blog post). I can see her confidence growing as she drives the robot around, making it perform whatever challenge we have lined up for the week. The thing is...she's learning the sight words while she does it. Also, (and there may not be a correlation here, but I like to think that there is) she is performing better in every subject. She's taking off. It's awesome. I feel that the educational technology in our classroom is what motivated her. The timing is right, and I can see the look on her face when she uses that robot...that's it. That's what got her going. She's having so much fun learning.
She's been tricked.
|Free (in-app purchases), in the App Store.|
|Free on the App Store.|
ClassDojo is another great EdTech motivator that I use daily in my classroom. For those who don't know, ClassDojo is a way to distribute points to students based on their classroom performance and behavior. It's a great classroom management tool. The kids want the points. They need the points. I tie the points to rewards in my room (prize box, lunch with me, iPad time), and the kids really do try to earn the points through good behavior to get those prizes. That's part of the motivation, but the other part is that they love to see their points. They beg me to put them up on the screen. Sometimes I leave them there for a large portion of the day so that the kids can see the points change and hear the happy ring of a good point (or the very occasional sad tone of a "needs work" point). The students are working for those points, but they don't realize that they're practicing good citizenship and being a positive part of a community (by pushing in chairs, helping others, etc.) at the same time. They love showing what a caring classroom citizen they can be. Yep. You guessed it. They've been bamboozled.
|Free on the App Store.|
EdTech has a way of tricking kids into learning. Students love the technology and the novelty that it brings, but teachers love that it can accentuate the lessons that they are teaching. Without realizing it, my kids are using the new skills and concepts they learn to: navigate a robot, explore a Disney Space Station, roam around a world full of math challenges, or collect enough points to earn lunch with the teacher. They love to learn. They just don't realize it yet.
Message to my kids:
You've been tricked. Duped. Hoodwinked. Bamboozled.
Have fun learning!
(I know that you will.)