There have been a number of discussions and ideas generated lately about how to get to know your students in September. That’s always a challenge when you have a new group of students or a new mix of students or a new school or…
As I thought about the concept, it reminded me of a post that @mrspal had made a while back about "One Thing". I can’t think of a thing more revealing about a person than what they keep, either physically or in your stack of memories. My immediate thought would be around a show and tell of one thing that the students "kept" as a result of their summer activities.
But, then I thought a little deeper about this and thought that perhaps this could be extended digitally. What if the students had to share one digital photo of something that they would keep. Not only would that reveal something about them, but it would be a chance to do a little pretest of their computer skills to determine what they can do, what they forgot over the summer, or even better, what new skills they have learned over the summer! You might be pleasantly surprised.
But, the discussion always turns to one of equity. "What do you do with the student who doesn’t have a digital camera?" It’s a good question and one that does need consideration. Of course, they might also have a camera in their cell phone….
But, this was Megan Palevich, after all. She had really run with the concept of "My Childhood Community" and "A Multimedia Childhood Tour". As I think about this, it isn’t too big a leap to to think of the concept of "Our Class’ Summer Highlights". All that’s needed is access to Google Maps Streetview and a fond memory of some place that was significant from the summer. It could be something as simple a putting together a movie using Animoto for the younger students to an introductory activity to your class wiki where the image is put on a page and the students write to explain what’s in the picture. If you’re going to be blogging as a writing activity, wouldn’t this make an inspiring and engaging first post?
Right now, the outstanding memory for me was visiting and presenting at the Google facility for the CSTA Symposium and I did already blog about it!
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