|Photo taken by Christine Cousins|
"I like doing worksheets better than using the iPads because I don't have to think as much."
I was speechless for a second... then I dug deeper and asked her to explain how worksheets are easier. She responded with,
"On the iPads, I have to show my work, explain my thinking and make sure it is my best work because someone other than you might see it on my blog or on Twitter."
"Wowza!" (I actually said that out loud to my student) she giggled and I continued thinking about what she had said.
In other words, there are two major reasons (other than they are engaging and fun) to continue using the iPads and social media during math class:
- Using the iPads leads to a higher level of understanding because students have to explain their thinking with pictures, numbers, words AND their voice.
- If you use social media in your classroom like we do, it leads to higher quality work because there is a larger audience that may see the student's work.