Student reflection in the classroom

I have been thinking about practical ways for students to use their iPads for reflection on the class environment. One of the ideas that came to me is using student reflections as a way to transform homework. 


Using an app like Explain Everything students could take pictures of a math lesson done in class. Then at home for homework, instead of more written practice they could record themselves explaining how to solve the problems.  They could aim the video to an audience of classmates, siblings, parents, etc.  Then to get patents involved, they could try the method explained in the video, give their child feedback and then the student could fix anything that might be needed.  This could be homework that is done over 3 days, not in one session. 

Here are examples of students using Explain Everything to show how they solve a word problem in math. 


Students could also use this method to reflect at the end of a unit or a group of lessons on ways to approach a topic to show which method is the one that works the best for them and why.

In language students could use this method to pick apart a piece of text.  Looking for specific words, character traits, plot elements, etc. They could do this as follow up homework or as part of a class guided reading session.  
The biggest drawback to this method is that it can be time consuming to review all of the videos as a teacher.  This is when I think it will be very important to have specific time limits and rubrics for the students to follow on the tasks.  

The advantages is that this begins to give students a greater voice in expressing verbally their reflections, which in the PYP is a regularly occurring expectation.  It also give students another way to reflect besides written reflections.  For teachers there would be no notebooks to cart around and grade.  The grade could be done anywhere that there is internet access.  This would also allow for students to do some peer feedback in a format that they, at the moment, aren’t use to doing.

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