3. Educators understand and apply knowledge of student growth and development.
Understanding the Learner
One of my favourite projects I was involved in was connecting gifted learners at three different schools using Blackboard Collaborate. At the school I was working at the gifted learners were not getting enriched. As a result I thought it would be an interesting opportunity to connect gifted students at three schools I had previously worked at. Using Desire 2 Learn (an online learning management system) I created an online space that would allow for the kids to upload their work and engage in online discussions with each other with regards to their various inquiry projects.
Every two weeks, the children would meet online using Blackboard Collaborate to discuss their projects.
Using webcam, instant messaging, voice and visual, the students had conversations in the Blackboard Collaborate environment about their various projects. They asked questions and challenged each other’s thinking. I believe that this project pushed my students to engage critically with the topics they were exploring. The projects that were created as a result of this “knowledge exchange” are a powerful testament to how integrating technology is critical when teaching.