So for the past three weeks my students have been able to take their school computers home Monday through Thursday and then the computers stay locked up in the classroom for the weekends. Well, my students have been pestering me to let them take their computers home over the weekends and I just haven't been able to get myself to say "yes" until yesterday. I finally gave in, but I told them that if they took their computers home over the weekend, they will have to do something REALLY spiffy with them!
I made a very simple assignment in Google Classroom for them. It took maybe 5 minutes for me to post, here it is:
How Cool Is This?
- It's SATURDAY! These girls chose to work/learn on their own time! Seriously? Remember, I told the kids that they did not HAVE to complete this assignment...it was just for fun.
- They chose to collaborate on this presentation! They were in their own houses and decided to do this project together AT THE SAME TIME!. They communicated through the chat feature and they also FaceTimed each other while they were working. Like I said earlier, they really did work on this together. By looking at the Revision History, I can see what TIME changes were made, WHAT changes were made and I can see WHO made those changes.
Now, I also have to say that these two girls are my "middle-of-the-road" students. They are good solid AVERAGE students, not my GATE students! So needless to say, I am beyond impressed! These two definitely did something SPIFFY with their computers this weekend!
Who says kids have to be in classrooms to learn? Not me!