How was school today?
Thinking and re-engaging in the learnings of the day helps build connections in our brains. Having children talk about or “reflect” on their learning can give rise to talking about interesting ideas or expose some misconceptions that might need untangling. This conversation has traditionally started with asking “How was school today?” The availability of technological tools can enrich this conversation and empower students to extend their learning through reflection. It might also help support growth mindset for both parent and child.
The first step for this reflective dialogue begins in the classroom when students have access to technology such as an iPad. Students can utilize the camera to capture their thoughts and reflections in the moment, much like a diary. A brief (30 second) video reflection helps students do the challenging metacognition in a simple, straightforward way. They can “talk it out” with themselves. No one else needs to see or hear them. These reflections at first might feel uncomfortable or challenge the student; however, over time students can become comfortable doing this as a matter of routine. When kept as a digital diary, a student may smile when they hear their words years down the road. What a gift to our future self!
To do these reflections on the iPads we only need to turn on the camera and do a quick “selfie” video. That recording is stored right on the iPad or can be moved to your storage drive or shared with others.
How might you experiment with video reflections? Can you tell us about the book, story, or article you just read? Can you explain why you are working so hard on the Lego, video, or coding project you are doing? Can you share a problem you saw and the five ways you’ve brainstormed to solve it? Can you tell us the plot of your new movie? Or your excitement about the GarageBand song you’re developing? Can you share what you have a passion to learn? Or can you tell us how you learn best?
Explore at home and in classrooms. What do you learn about how you learn? Go ahead, point the camera, and tell yourself about it!