Creado: Lunes, 12 Diciembre 2016 22:29
As a Primary teacher I know that my students are building their world and what they really need, more than listening to me, is having the chance to interact with lots of things and, obviously, with lot of children. In this way, one of the things that technology let us nowadays, it’s the possibility to connect with people from other countries and learn by equals; to learn new things which will allow us to increase our cultural awareness.
The cooperative and collaborative work is the perfect tool to motivate our students in any task we plan. But, what happen when the teacher plans an activity in which you, the student, have to be in touch, not only with your school classmates, even with students from other countries? Since I started to use video conferences in my classes (long time ago), that is what I am trying to do with my students all the time. So, I think that I have the answer… When you do that, your students are really engaged in the activity, they are totally motivated, they are working with people from all over the world and they are doing it by themselves in their classroom.
At the same time, when we want to plan an activity in a collaborative way, we have to get into account what kind of materials we are going to use. If we let our students to act as media makers, if they have to prepare and create all the materials that we will use later in the activity, then we are giving to the students the main roll of the task and they will feel totally motivated because the activity depends of their own effort to manage it.
"(…) It’s a funny way to study without books, with a computer, a Tablet or a Smartphone." Laura Aguado (12 years old).