Choice in a Learner Focused Classroom

 Welcome to our first Guest Blog Post!  Our first post comes from Jen Auten a second grade teacher at Montclaire Elementary.  You can follow her and on Twitter at @gr2ipadteacher.

With technology it’s easy to provide students with choice in their learning.  In October my second grade students completed a brief research project about bats.  The sequence of activities could be applied to other content areas.  For example, we went through a similar series of activities in November related to Pilgrims and the Wampanoag Indians.

As a hook we started the unit with a short video about bats in Zaption.  Zaption allows questions and polls to be embedded within a video to capture content understanding and student feedback as the students watch.

Next, students read articles written at several different reading levels from ReadWorks.  I embedded the articles in Actively Learn so that as the students read they had to answer questions and find specific evidence for their answers before they progressed to the next block of reading.  Students also read about bats from non-fiction books from the school library and from a free app called Epic.  Students were provided a variety of book options at different reading levels.  As they read students took notes on paper or on the iPad.

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Bats – Popplet

Finally it was time to create a presentation.  I provided students with basic guidelines.  They had to create a presentation with 3 images related to bats and at least 3 facts about bats from their in class learning.  Prior to this project we have used many apps in class that allow students to draw, type, search and import images in a safe environment, and record their voices.  As you can see from the samples, students chose a variety of methods to share their learning.

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Bats – PicCollage

AirPlay provided an easy way to share projects with each other.

Even more student samples!

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