Program Director, Rosalynn Wade, describes the innovative network of schools dedicated to nurturing creativity in every learner. I was able to visit with Rosalynn and others from Oklahoma A+ Schools during the World Creativity Forum in Oklahoma City. My thanks to Rosalynn for participating in this impromptu interview.
Dr. Michael K. Barbour, Assistant Professor in Instructional Technology at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, provides a primer in virtual schooling and online learning. Much of his research focuses on rural K-12 students learning in virtual school environments, specifically how these virtual opportunities can be designed and delivered to be accessible to students with a range of abilities.
Our oldest son’s class used Playdough to model the land formations about which they have been learning. He loved this hands-on project! Here’s a quick tour of the geographic landscape that he created (via iPhone video).
Here are some quick thoughts regarding this activity.
Our son said everyone in the class really had fun with this project.
This is an inexpensive way to encourage kinesthetic learning.
An activity like this could potentially move beyond knowledge and comprehension and into some of the higher-order thinking skills such as application.
I’m predicting that the students are more likely to retain this information as a result of the hands-on application.
You don’t always have to teach with technology. As I always say, “It’s not about the technology. It’s about the learning.”