TVS Tech Kids – Final Day

Today was our last day of class. It was an intense experience, but very rewarding. Some of the tools went over better than others.

Today, we proceeded with the lesson plan for Google that I devised. The previous day, the students asked me if they could spend more time playing with the various Google Applications, and I gave them the last 30 minutes of class to do so. With Google Docs, I had them create and share a file with their classmates. One of them commented on how cool it was that they could see the name and time of the person who edited.

They played with a number of additional tools – Google Earth was the most popular and they really loved the Google Goggles feature of the mobile app search. Those who had capable phones started running around the classroom and taking photos (only a few searched successfully). As all of our other lesson plans, we had a Mind Meister map created

I also took about five minutes to introduce the students to DropBox. DropBox is one of my favorite free applications of all time. Heck, it will likely go into best software paid or free. If you’re unfamiliar with DropBox, they have a great video that introduces you to the tools:

If you decide to sign up, do it from one of my links above (you and I will both get a free additional 250mb of storage).

Here is another great instruction/how-to video on using DropBox

The last 30 minutes of class, I let them play around with any tools they liked – most of them played with Google Earth others with Evernote… the most popular were the applications that also felt like games with Google Flight Simulator being the most popular.

Afterwards, I asked the students if they honestly saw themselves using any of these tools in their school work. Some of them said no, but when I started to ask more directed questions like “What about using Google Docs to make a Presentation?” or “How about using Evernote to organize your research?” They started to make some more direct connections. One of them even asked me if I would be teaching another class on this material this summer.

It was a good summer – it was my first tech class. Most of the kids were eager and open to learning new material. They were all bright an innovative and I had a great time with them. There are definitely things I would do differently if I taught this class again.

If you want to see my lesson plans, you can see them here:

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3 (and this would be day four’s).

The software we specifically used was:

Mind Meister

Diigo

Evernote

DropBox

Google Docs and various other Apps you can find at Google

 

 

 

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6 thoughts on “TVS Tech Kids – Final Day

  1. Colin Bridgewater

    Sounds like it was a great experience. How many kids did you have in the class? After reading about your experience and this Jump Start program (http://ow.ly/i/e2zH/original), I’d love to be able to do something in the summer for my students. However, since many of them leave the UK for the summer, anything I would offer would have to be voluntary or done once school is already back in session.

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    1. Jennifer Lockett Post author

      I only had 7 students. Like you guys, most of our kids flee during the summer. The course was open to anyone in the area (and entirely voluntary). I’m going to check out your Jump Star program!

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  2. mathymcmatherson

    Jen! Sounds like your class was awesome! I don’t believe the kids when they say they won’t use these next year – now that you’ve planted the seeds, they’ll default to google docs or dropbox or diigo anytime they need to do something collaboratively or research intensive. That’s how tech indoctrination works.

    I wish I had remembered to send you this earlier – have you heard of this: http://todaysmeet.com/? It’s essentially a temporary chatroom creator (ie: just made this one, which will be deleted in a week: http://todaysmeet.com/indianajen). It’s been pitched to me as a way to get kids to communicate that appeals to the kids who may be more comfortable writing their thoughts than expressing them verbally. You can also save and print a transcript of the whole chatroom. Reading your blog the other day about the chat feature of MindMeister, I think this is the better place to have those conversations since they can be saved and revisited. You can do something with twitter too that I don’t fully understand…

    Anyway – you rock. Like a hurricane.

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    1. Jennifer Lockett Post author

      We used this in one of my Ed Tech conferences (although we enabled it with twitter). I haven’t used it yet in class because the kids aren’t allowed to have their cell phones out at school and we don’t have classroom sets of computers. However, I really liked using it in the meeting as well to chime in without interrupting the flow of the speaker.
      But you’re right, kids love chat features and having one recorded and official is far better than a private one.

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