It is time to rethink your classroom, and redefine learning. Start by letting students use their own devices or if you have technology limitations, let them do something collaborative from their home like blogging. Next think about redesigning your classroom to take the emphasis off of the desks and teacher and put more on the learning experience. Allow for more physical movement – and student interaction. I like to tell teachers to “stop making work alone.” If you really want to get them to own their learning, try having them tweet new information with another class. Students love to move and to have a voice in their learning.
Holly is the co-author of Google Infused Classroom. She lives and works in San Diego, California. She delivers professional development to schools internationally and speaks at conferences about empowering teachers and students with iPads and Google Apps for Education. Contact her at email@example.com to have her present or work with your school.