SuperYouFUN Meets Google Classroom
Since SuperYouFUN entered their lives in October, Elmwood students have been working hard to embrace the idea that their super powers make them special. Not only are they learning to empower themselves, but also how to empower others. Never did I imagine second and third graders grasping this concept so quickly and now they have an online platform to communicate their superhero thinking, Google Classroom.
Several Elmwood students have been joining Google Classrooms for the first time in Hopkinton history and they are knocking it out of the park. Piloting SuperYouFUN with a blended approach, many students have been writing about what it means to be a real life superhero and soon will be examining their definition in terms of how it relates to them. Where is all of this powerful reflection happening? Right in their “Classroom,” an online hub students are thrilled to join.
From logging onto Google Drive to entering their “Classroom” with a unique code, every direction for these young students seems magical. When they actually begin their first assignment, teachers are noticing an intense level of focus. It’s clear that when children are faced with a task that combines technology, ownership of learning, and self-expression they’re all in.
Teachers are amazed by Google Classroom’s capabilities particularly when it comes to delivering an assignment to each student as the task of making copies no longer exists. Below is a simple Google Doc that when students open, has their name at the top. Teachers can easily see who has turned their assignment in and who is still working.
Equally interesting is the new “Question” feature where students are able to answer a question posted and reply to each other’s responses. A teacher can embed a video, for example, and ask students to answer a question pertaining to what they watched. A great opportunity exists here for flipped lessons. Students can also receive an assignment asking them to collaborate with classmates, which is typically a favorite. We are so fortunate to have access to a tool with so many opportunities for student engagement and connection.
From “Superhero Day” to their first experiences with this exciting Google App, students are on a journey that has only just begun. Teaming up with classroom teachers (“Classrooms” can be shared), we will continue to assign thought provoking lessons as we explore more opportunities to extend SuperYouFUN to the blended world. It all started with the empowerment seen in the new SuperYouFUN video below. By joining their “Classroom” students are keeping their superhero spirit alive in a way that gives every student a voice.