Have you ever noticed that when you start talking about technology in a staff meeting, the “yeah, buts” really start to fly. Teachers can be very resistant to including technology in their lessons for a variety of reasons. My favourite have been:
“Yeah, but I never can get into the computer lab.”
“Yeah, but how would this be used in ________ (insert subject here)”
“Yeah, but what about safety and security.”
“Yeah, but I don’t know what I am doing. How am I supposed to teach it”
“Yeah, but using technology takes too many periods.”
Today, I would like to focus on the last “YB.” Too often educators feel like technology must be used for the culminating task in a unit and that using it will take away from the lessons “they must get to” or cover before reporting time. This really isn’t so.
One website that I have focussed a great deal on with these YB’s is www.bitstripsforschools.com
- summarizing the key points of an informational text reading (instead of the usual comprehension questions)
- show the results of a mathematics word problem
- create a personal narrative of a specific event
- make predictions on a book, movie or article
- character sketch from the novel their are reading – illustrate and label the key character traits
- create a timeline for a historical event
- plot graph for a short story
- create a comic for the student’s favourite reading comprehension strategies
- demonstrate the differences between first, second and third person voice using a comic
- illustrate a science concept – differences between abiotic and biotic, current vs. static electricity, how to conserve energy, etc.
- illustrate the plot for an opera
- give examples of ways to resist peer pressure with drugs and alcohol
These are all activities that can be completed very quickly using Bitstrips For Schools. Before completing the assignments on the website, students should know what they are going to be doing and have completed the necessary reading/planning before starting their comic.
In coming posts I will look at other YB’s and how to find ways to make things possible in all classrooms.