Today in my tutoring group I made use of the students’ chrome books and it proved very motivating! We are reading The Graveyard Book and the read is loaded with symbolism! We used our time to investigate some possible symbols used by the author, Neil Gaiman. The students were more actively involved in the session today compared with others. Not only did they begin to take initiave and look up questions they personally had, but they were motivated to share what they had learned and how it helped them uncover buried meanings within the text. One of the students had been dying to inquire whether a character was meant to be a vampire. His chrome book allowed him to leave the confines of the school and search readers’ ideas from as far as England! I will use their chrome books again next week and continue the work from today, as it was very productive.
I also like that the structure of today allowed for discussions involving skills that are useful when reading digitally. We talked about monitoring our focus periodically with the question, “Is what I’m reading beneficial to my inquiry?” We also made use of the ability to highlight and look up an unknown word as well as the option to have the computer read aloud passages and words. These options helped us to hear correct pronunciation of complex words.
Overall, I have found that students are indeed very motivated when technology is utilized. Technology has also helped students find depth in their inqueries and thoughts!
Until next time!