Building Excitement and Working Collaboratively with Wipebook Flipcharts
"Not only were they excited to share their work, they were able to save time by working on the Flipchart as they worked instead of doing work on paper and then transferring their work to the board."
Did you ever see teachers excited to share a new idea? How about students who are excited to use a new tool that fosters working together and sharing their ideas? Now that Mrs. Colson has some new Wipebook Flipcharts both of these things are happening at Goff Middle School. Students and teachers are sharing their ideas with each other to help improve math and writing skills. Our middle school students are growing as learners and collaborators.
Excitement in Math Class
As soon as the Flipcharts were beginning to be passed out in math class, there was an excitement in the air. “What are these?” the students asked as they saw me start to pass out the Flipcharts in math class. Students wrote out their work to equations that they were learning to solve. We then posted the Flipcharts around the room and students were able to share with the class what they worked on. Not only were they excited to share their work, they were able to save time by working on the Flipchart as they worked instead of doing work on paper and then transferring their work to the board.
I was excited to share my new find with my colleagues. While working on our school improvement plan, I shared the idea of getting Wipebook Notebooks for our students. My colleagues were interested for sure. I shared my Flipcharts with an ELA teacher who used them with her students to work on collaborative writing. After she used them, we discussed the pros and cons of using the Flipcharts in our classroom. We made suggestions to each other based on our experiences. It is easy to see the benefits of using any of the Wipebook materials for students to keep track of and share their work with others.
I started to look at using the app for taking pictures of student work. My goal eventually is for my students to submit the digital versions of their work to me to use as evidence for their learning. Although there is still more to learn about how to use this technology to benefit me and my students I am excited to explore how it can benefit us to enhance our teaching and learning.
Kelly Colson, Goff Middle School, Pawtucket School Department.
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