This is the third post in a series about making digital artifacts of student learning work for you as a teacher. In this series we will discuss the types of digital artifacts we collect, how we manage them, and what to do with all of those great pieces of evidence of student learning. You can read the first post in this series here and the second post on ideas for managing artifacts here.
We’ve been exploring using digital artifacts in the classroom. So here are three simple ideas for getting your students started with digital artifacts tomorrow!
- Snapshot and Reflection: Ask students to take a picture of a work product that you would like to have them reflect on. Then incorporate this into a reflection artifact by annotating directly on the image (Skitch) or adding some writing (Pages/Keynote/Google Drive) or spoken reflection (Sonic Pics). Students might save this and add to it over the course of a unit or during the week. Or perhaps they share with you immediately for a goal setting conference.
- Video Reflection: Using a built in recording program and camera ask students to stop by the reflection book and share something they learned today. If you have multiple devices students can work on a rotating basis. If you only have one then set up a quick recording booth and have students cycle through during the day or week. You might ask them to talk for two minutes about how they applied a reading strategy during independent reading, reflect on their observations from a science experiment, or share a portion of writing where they accomplished a goal.
- Padlet Exit Ticket: You know we couldn’t leave Padlet out of this one! It’s such an easy and versatile tool. Ask kids to take a few minutes to share a new piece of learning, lingering question, or even record a quick video right into the padlet. You can guide students with a specific question or leave it more open ended.
We’d love to continue in this series. But what questions do YOU have? Leave us a question or burning issue in the comments and we’ll work your needs into our next post. : )