Active, engaged learning . . . always
Posted November 8, 2009on:
A photo of middle school age students wearing headphones, viewing action on a small screen and looking like they are having fun was haunting me. I had to find it. I did! I also found a photo of four students sitting at a media center table working with books and notebooks; in the background are other students with headsets and small screens. The big deal? The headphone had giant foam ear pieces, the plugs are 1/4″. The small screen is an individual filmstrip viewer/cassette player and the photos were taken in 1971.
It doesn’t matter if the students were enjoying a recreational filmstrip about cars (I can still picture those boxed sets of books and filmstrips and cassettes) or viewing and listening to a story about Zeus. (I loved that collaborative mythology project with a language arts teacher). What does matter is that the students enjoyed opportunities to experience multimedia in the media center, a relatively radical offering to many staff. Thinking back, I know I’ve always felt things were right when the media center was full of varied activities appealing to a variety of student needs. Those early risks and adventures influenced my interests in all of the opportunities that technology offers our students. What has influenced you?