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 3 (and this would be day four’s).
The software we specifically used was: