"Wipebook Flipchart paper is great for them to layout their course, place obstacles, and create a visual plan to solve the problem."
If these past few years have taught us anything in education, it has taught us to be flexible and be prepared to change everything you have planned at the drop of a hat. This year is no different and we find ourselves planning for every possible change in policy, guideline, instructional method, etc.
I have been designing and redesigning my media centre layout to fit the newest and latest potential changes to distancing policies; how students can be grouped, etc. My Wipebook has been instrumental in making that happen. Being a very visual learner, I need to see different layouts of desks, tables, computer stations, etc. to help me visualize the potential of each possible scenario that may occur. The grid paper on the Wipebook has helped me to create semi-scale layouts of my room and how I can organize the students; whether I must keep them apart, in pairs, or groups of varying sizes depending on the policies put forth. The Wipebook Scan App has allowed me to create and store these different layouts and quickly reference them from my devices if my layout ever needs to change.
The flexibility needed for me to teach during this challenging time is becoming a great opportunity for my students to learn the same flexibility in their problem-solving skills. So I have begun introducing the Wipebook Flipchart to have them plan and solve problems as well.
As an elementary computer science teacher, I teach a lot of coding lessons, many dealing with mazes, obstacles, etc. where students need to plan out the moves of the digital or physical character/robot to complete the task at hand.
I have even found that the Wipebook Flipchart paper can lay on the floor with their maze drawn on it and some of the devices can actually be driven on the paper. So not only can students use the paper to create a solution to the plan, they can use the paper to design their own problems/mazes, and the actual paper can be their maze to carry out the plan they have created. Which was an amazing eye-opener for the students as well as me. If a student creates a particularly challenging robot maze or design that I would like to keep, I can scan the page into the app so it can be recreated at a later time.
Christopher Brown, West Utica Elementary School, Utica Community Schools, Media Specialist.
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