Produced by: Digital Promise
Location: Ypsilanti, Michigan
Mrs. Church shares her real world math and geography project with us and how access to the tablet has help enhanced her projects.
In the 10 minutes we were in that classroom, we witnessed a variety of learning opportunities. It was amazing! The kids were so engaged. The room was buzzing. We saw them learn how to plan,, work with each other, look things up, compare and contrast data, geography, mapping skills, finance, budgeting, proportions, ratios, percentages, how to be strategic, looking up valid information, learning how to use a variety of tools to help them find, calculate, map out, plan, present their information. The kids loved this assignment because it was not filled with step-by-step instructions. It was filled with goals, conditions, variables that they needed to figure out themselves. The teacher did not put any time teaching the students how to use the technology. She allowed the students to do it for themselves. Ms Church made it clear to us that she focuses on the math learning goals and the students can figure out how to finish and share their findings.
After seeing this activity, we asked Ms Church if we can sit down with her for five minutes to get her descriptions and her reflections on this project and on this experience. Although she was reluctant at first, as soon as we made her feel clear that the conversation was about the learning that happen in her class, she was comfortable and very giving.
This is one of the first videos we have on what learning in context looks like in our classrooms. I look forward to more stories that capture these experiences. Ms Church showed us how she and her students leverage technology to enhance what math looks like in her class. Find your Ms Church!