It didn’t take very long to answer my earlier question about student engagement and laptops. It was evident early on that students still need to move, talk, and create both on paper and on their HP Streams. The trick is figuring out when they can be pushed through frustration, and knowing when it is time to go old-school.
Lindsay and I decided to jump right in with the technology. We had the students create Excel Surveys to poll the students on their team about personal interests. It was a frustrating couple of days, but well worth it. The students enjoyed taking each other’s surveys. Sorting the data was a challenge; I obviously did not do a great job of teaching them how to use Excel. (More on that later.)
When it came time to share their analysis and look for team wide patterns, the kids were ready to use big paper and markers. They needed a break from huddling around their Streams, and welcomed the chance to stretch out on the floor to share data. Hanging the ‘data gallery’ allowed for much needed movement and a chance to see the big picture.
Next, it was back to the Streams to create infographics to share the data. Lindsay and I are excited to share some of them soon!