As long as I keep seeing transformative and exciting examples of how technology can help the next generation of professionals acquire new skills in different areas, I’ll advocate its use.
That’s exactly what happened with me some days ago. I was at the Apple Store with my kids, looking for the present my husband had asked for his 40th birthday, his first Mac. In fact, his first computer! Up to that point he’d just use all the gadgets I would put aside or my kids’ computers or mine. Anyway, I was there talking to the salesman while my kids had fun with an iPad Mini. They were giggling, whispering, having real fun. So much fun indeed that I thought that they were certainly playing a cool game.
To my surprise, when I closed the deal and invited them to eat something. They asked me to come closer, for they had something to show me. I had a blast! In just some minutes, all by themselves, they figured out how to use the app iMovie and were, in fact, enjoying themselves as movie producers. The result? Check for yourself how far kids’ creativity can travel if they have the means and freedom to go beyond the regular, the ordinary:
I guess that this video is what I’ve been always trying to show teachers. Technology empowers, decentralizes learning in ways that we should really reconsider our roles as educators not because everyone else is telling us so, but because our kids, our students need guidance, expertise and wisdom to move forward and succeed now and beyond when they become professionals.
One thing they were having trouble doing? Transferring the video to youtube. I also showed them how important it was to delete the video from the public iPad Mini and from the app due to digital safety issues.
Learners’ creativity harnessed by technology and guided by an educator’s wisdom is certainly an explosive combination. That’s why I’ll make sure that I help more and more educators get there in their digital literacies. I’ll make sure that I give them support to let their learners express themselves and fly even higher.
What have you been doing to encourage your students’ creative juices to emerge?