Friday, April 20, 2012

Checking Student Work 21st Century Style


When I started teaching in 1981, I never imagined I'd check a student's work without looking at and hWhen I started teaching in 1981, I never imagined I'd check a student's work without looking at and holding a paper on which the student had composed his work.

When I asked Sirmichael if he had the draft of his letter, at first he responded "no." After a second's thought, he chimed, "I have it on my phone." So today I checked Sirmichael's "paper" on his phone.

Then he smiled so I could snap a picture with mine:



 
Sirmichael doesn't have a home computer, but I'm pretty impressed with his solution, especially since the work I checked today is a letter and part of his  multi-genre inquiry project. His topic: "Are We Ready for the Future?"

When Sirmichael completes his project, he'll post it on the ning we share with a class at Schurr High School.

We're pretty low tech in my classroom, having only one computer, the one teacher computer, but if Sirmichael's ingenuity is any indication, I'd say he's doing a good job preparing for the future.