Digital Technology in Tōtara Class (Year 7/8 Classroom).
In our classroom students’ access their weekly work through Google Classroom. They have a digital weekly plan where they have clear goals and expectations for each day of the week.
The students’ also have folders for each curriculum area which contains learning slides. Within these learning slides are clear learning objectives and success criteria. The slides also contain links to a range of resources and other supporting documents to assist students as they complete their work. Attached to these slides are marking matrices where students’ are able to self- access their work. The students’ turn in their work when they have completed the set tasks. They then receive feedback on their work so they can make changes or ask for extra assistance.
This whole process promotes autonomy, self-management and student agency. It also allows students’ to share what they are learning at school with their whānau at home.
Google Classroom can also be connected/synced to a range of other applications. For example Classwize (management tool allowing teachers’ access to students’ screens, limiting distractions for students’ online.)
Benefits of Google Classroom: Collaboration- students’ can work in groups and share their work. Engagement- students’ are actively engaged, in a positive learning environment. Differentiation- meeting the needs of all learners’ Communication- parents can be sent individual summaries, students’ receive instant feedback via the stream and private comments.
Google Classroom has changed my practice! The learning slides I create each week are engaging, contain student voice, explicit instructions with clear learning objectives and success criteria. As a result my students’ can work more independently and feel successful in their learning journey.