April 18, 2024

By ETT Teacher Shawn O’Neill

After spending 24 years within the elementary classroom, and now working with greater ed college students to assist put together them for school rooms of their very own, I typically get requested questions on the best way to create a classroom that makes all learners really feel protected, assured and engaged. Just lately I used to be requested the query, “What helps to create a constructive, equitable studying setting”, and the very first thing that got here to my thoughts was permitting our college students, regardless of the age or grade degree, voice and selection. However what’s voice and selection and what does that seem like? 

Once we permit our college students to specific themselves creatively and make decisions about their studying, we’re giving them a voice of their training. College students have a chance to have a say of their studying, slightly than being instructed precisely what they should produce. This freedom, or alternative, not solely helps college students to change into extra motivated and engaged, it additionally reduces anxiousness and raises confidence. 

Okay, however how will we do that? One of many best methods to permit your college students voice and selection within the classroom is to supply them with a wide range of decisions that offers college students the chance to specific their studying in a method that permits them to really feel profitable. With the entire advances in know-how that we’ve seen over the previous couple of years, permitting college students to create their work digitally appears to be a no brainer. Cue Adobe Categorical!

Adobe Categorical is a free, user-friendly platform that permits college students (and academics too!) the chance to specific themselves digitally.  Adobe Categorical has 1000’s, sure, 1000’s, of templates that college students can rework and customise to swimsuit their wants. Think about letting our college students create an infographic as a substitute of a bodily posterboard, an internet e-book report, slightly than having handy write all the things. Think about utilizing digital instruments to design a e-book cowl, poster or journey brochure utilizing the numerous instruments that Adobe Categorical supplies.  Adobe Categorical permits college students to create graphics, movies, shows, webpages and even change into digital storytellers utilizing the narration options provided on the platform. Not solely is Adobe Categorical straightforward to make use of and visually interesting, it encourages college students to be artistic! (Take a look at Adobe Express in the Classroom: Adobe Education Exchange for top of the range tutorials and assets…)

On this ever altering world, we have to equip our college students with the digital literacy abilities that they might want to change into profitable adults. We will begin in elementary colleges with easy digital instruments, like Adobe Categorical, that permit our college students to change into assured, motivated and inventive learners. 

You should definitely be part of me this summer time for EdTechTeacher’s Summer time Workshops. “Digital Creativity with Adobe Categorical” will likely be provided, together with 14 different thrilling lessons that will help you simply and seamlessly incorporate ed tech into your classroom. All fifteen workshops will likely be provided for one low value and recordings will likely be accessible if you’re not in a position to be part of us reside! 

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