I sat at my desk, working on my computer, for nearly an hour today. Sounds innocuous, right?
Here’s the kicker, my students were in the room.
An unengaged teacher trying to catch up on things? Not in this case.
Thanks to Google Docs and Hapara Interact I was engaged with my students the entire time either as individuals, groups, or the entire class. I could comment on their work, follow the changes they were making, see their conversations amongst themselves, send chats to individuals or the entre class, see the screen they had open, and even see a list of all of their open tabs.
Big Brother? No. Efficient observation and effective communication.
I find that these tools allow me to better see what lessons need to be taught or re-taught (like citing sources), what they have mastered (how to imbed images), and where we might be moving next (screen casting).