Moving up to the high school is bringing on its own new challenges. Students blindly go through their tweens and teens oblivious to the idea that they are leaving a digital footprint that could seriously affect their futures. With that in mind, part of my job this year is to teach kids how to create a positive digital footprint based on educational tools and resources. We are using Schoology to facilitate better discussion, Instagram for more than just selfies and duckfaces and I've even created a class Twitter account to build in appropriate (not inappropriate, although it looks like it) interaction, 140 characters at a time.
Quick confession: I suck at posting evidence of student work on my walls.
-- Create a single QR code
-- have students create a Google Drive folder
-- have students share the folder with you
-- put their folders into periods
-- have students upload proof of mastery for each concept
-- look like awesome sauce in a teacher costume
Quick confession number 2: I suck at updating my word walls.
-- Put words into a Google Drive folder
-- Print a QR code attached to the folder
-- Hang up the entire year and update the folder. Better yet, have students do it. KAPOW
Another realization that was made through the journey of bringing QR codes, Google Drive, Schoology, and the other integrations of technology, is that Digital Natives can be clueless when it comes to using these tools. They are so "native" that we as teachers become naive about their ability to apply technology to education without support and guidance. In fact, Diane pretty much summed it up:
This year, we're staying connected for sure. At the same time, I am staying connected to the fact that my students still need me just as much as I need them.