Connecting dots for digital learning and teaching

By Youth

Students Teaching Students

ThinkQuest – A learning platform where teachers and students create learning projects and collaborate online. Over 7000 websites have been created by students for students. The projects demostrate sophistications of digital literacies and extend learning in 21st century classroom beyond the walls.

What students can do in their learning process ? They can be storytellers ! You will be amazed by what these students have done.

Mr. Avery’s Student Math Movie wiki hosts introductory videos all created by students in 6th grade. The students picked a topic they felt they could teach to others so they ended up creating videos about multiplication, fractions, decimals, adding and subtracting fractions, long division, probability, geometry, and more topics. (licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike 3.0 License.) You are welcome to share the videos with your class, or to add your videos in this site.

students teach students

In this year there is a new creation of Mr. Avery’s Classroom Wiki. In addition to Mr.Avery’s blog created in last year, which is to share their classwork, projects, and videos with the rest of the world. The wiki will serve a different purpose, which is to host videos created by both the teacher himself and students, that will be used as tutorials for different topics that we’re learning about in class. This will allow both the students and the parents to be able to watch videos at home that will help prepare each individual for different topics throughout the school year. (sixth grade math and science at Dennett Elementary, Plympton, Massachusetts.)

MathTrain, students teach students

Mathtrain.TV is a free, educational “kids teaching kids” website from Mr. Marcos & his Students. It is part of the Mathtrain.com Project and was created to host their student-created math video, audio, podcast lessons all in one place.  It is Web 2.0 friendly with its ability for users to generate “ratings” and “comments”.  The middle school students use a tablet pc and screen-capturing software, Camtasia Studio, to create the math tutorials.  The site is powered by PHPmotion, a free video-sharing software. The videos are offered free, “as is” under a CC-BY-NC license. The students also create free Apps in iTune store. They even added captions onto the videos and intended to make it available in different languages. For more information about how to caption your own videos, go here:  www.dcmp.org/ciy. (Lincoln Middle School in Santa Monica, CA)

Let the students own their learning. The attached video below is a TED talk by Alan November about “students teaching students”.

Articles from Youth

Jo’s blog – never complete anything half heartedly – from a middle schooler

“Little Women Assignment Matrix task” – she pretended to interview Louisa May Alcott. Enjoy! – Interviewing Louisa May Alcott.

Incoherent Ramblings of an Insignificant Person – Aggie Garfield(15 years old) – humors and random thoughts

Mathematics and The Uselessness of Math

Students should be the center of the learning process, at least our education system should let their voices be heard. Have you read some of these articles(listed below) from youths?

An Eighth-Grader’s Letter to Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook

Steve Jobs as the Secretary of Education

Not Ready to Listen?

Learning Revolution, Are You Ready?

It Takes People to Make a Change, Not a Government

Hey Mr.Knowitall, 2 Weeks Detention…For Talking Seriously About Education

A high-school student’s view of what makes a good teacher

Digital Generation

Students Create Apps to Help Communities By Katie Ash on March 1, 2012 

Digital Generation Youth Portraits – it’s about engagement, self-directed learning, creativity, and empowerment

BElieve is a free game development program for kids ages 5-12 with cancer to get their apps on the App store and have a free website too. It’s from a 11 years old boy – Conner Haines. Other game examples created by kids, 99¢ on Apple App Store:
– Butterfly Bubble Burst
– Valley Girl Buttons

Thomas Suarez is a 6th grade student at a middle school in the South Bay of Los Angeles. When Apple released the Software Development Kit (SDK), he began to create and sell his own applications. He’s started a club for fellow students at school, where he shares his knowledge of programming. Recently, he’s been focused on the development of applications for the iPhone, and has established his own company, CarrotCorp. Thomas articulates his vision that students are a valuable new technology resource to teachers, and should be empowered to offer assistance in developing the technology curriculum and also assist in delivering the lessons.

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“Tell me and I will forget, show me and I may remember, involve me and I will understand.” -------- Chinese Wisdom "Games are the most elevated form of investigation." -------- Albert Einstein
"I'm calling for investments in educational technology that will help create digital tutors that are as effective as personal tutors, educational software as compelling as the best video game," President Barack Obama said while touring a tech-focused Boston school (year 2011).
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