Friday, September 23, 2011

In Class Audio Recording and Reflection

An amazing teacher and colleague of mine introduced me to an excellent way of leveraging technology for learning today. It is actually quite simple, but brilliant at the same time.

Ms. Caskie's grade 9 students have been studying Farenheight 451. She assigned her students to take a character from the book and craft a monologue from the point of view of that character that they would deliver to the class acting as that character.  Ms. Caskie asked students to record themselves practicing their monologue at home.  She then had them record themselves when they presented to the class.  Students then posted both versions on their blogs and were asked to reflect on them - comparing and contrasting - and identify skills to focus on for future class presentations.   Students seemed to really buy in to this authentic self-assessment; here is an example.