When Karen West and her team in the Comox Valley applied for SET-BC support for their Student Technology Project, they wanted to explore the efficacy of iPads as writing tools. They had an exciting vision that iPads would motivate and provide support to students who struggle with completing writing tasks in the classroom.
The team created several structured lesson plans for introducing the iPad as a writing tool which included lessons on responsibility and care for the tablets as well as an introduction to a variety of writing apps.
From the beginning, the students were excited and motivated by the lessons and are now on their way to increasing and improving their written output. The students have also done some impressive presentations for district administration about their progress and how the iPads support their writing and have improved their access to curriculum. The teachers and school principal are very proud of their students and their work and have written letters of endorsement for the project. These letters, as well as helpful resources, lesson descriptions, and examples of student work, are posted on their project blog.
This is only one of many Student Technology Projects that are happening around the province. Some teams are also looking at literacy support by adapting and studying novels; some teams are using technology to support meaningful life skills development; while others are helping students explore social studies and science content areas. Each team has its own blog – we are enjoying following the progress being made in all our projects as they move towards realizing their outcomes before the end of the school year.
If you’re interested in the other ongoing SET-BC Student Project blogs, visit: http://setbcprojects.edublogs.org/20112012projects/