“There is only one way to see things, until someone shows us how to look at them with different eyes” – Pablo Picasso
Some days my kids absolutely amaze me, and I mean absolutely A-MAAAZE me. While in the middle of our realistic fiction book clubs, my students started on a plot project using their iPads. One of their “must do’s” was to illustrate important events during their novels.
Knowing that my students did not have a lot of apps that would allow them to draw illustrations well, I pushed the Doodle Buddy app. In previous years, I was always weary on students using this app because originally, when students first used iPads in my classroom, they tended to try to use this app as a toy and not a tool.
However, the longer students use iPads appropriately in a classroom setting the less they seem to play or use them inappropriately. Students now come into my classroom already understanding that iPads are used daily, and they, just like pencils, are a tool. A much needed tool in which we work with. We do not play with. This evolution in itself is something to celebrate.
Now that students look at iPads through the lens of a learner, they use all of the apps appropriately. They have the ability to look at apps differently than a teacher may . Thank goodness for free thinking! They took the fact that they were given Doodle Buddy as a tool for this project and ran with it.
My morning was as follows: The boys reading Hatchet were being chatty while they were supposed to be illustrating important events, so I strolled over the check their progress. The following on-task talking is what I heard.
Student A: “Yeah, I added the underwater background since he had to struggle to get the survival pack.”
Student B: “What a good idea! Could you show me how to do that?!”
Student A: “Sure. I really like the cave you drew of Brian’s”
Knowledge on how to use an app appropriately + Freedom + Collaboration = Illustrations a student and teacher can be proud of!
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