Friday, August 3, 2012
We should hold students accountable for the stations/centers because otherwise, we have a teacher-centered classroom. Giving students the responsibility for their own work ensures that classrooms are student-centered, and that critical thinking is going on.
Studyladder and Thinkfinity would be the best sites for my content and grade level. I could use them as stations by putting desks in groups and having various games or activities being set up at each station. For example, there is a Venn Diagram interactive activity at ThinkFinity. Students in a group of 3 could be each be responsible for an individual segment of a Venn Diagram, then collaborate on the 4th. I could hold students accountable for their time in these stations by having them print out a screen shot of what they've accomplished, by creating a rubric ahead of time so students know what's expected of them, and by actively monitoring with a participation log.
The camera feature on the iPad is a great way for me to see what my students have learned. As a closing station, students could share what they've learned in video form, or pose questions to be answered by other students.