May 30, 2023

By ETT Teacher Shawn O’Neill

After spending 24 years within the elementary classroom, and now working with larger ed college students to assist put together them for school rooms of their very own, I typically get requested questions on the right way to create a classroom that makes all learners really feel secure, assured and engaged. Not too long ago I used to be requested the query, “What helps to create a optimistic, equitable studying atmosphere”, and the very first thing that got here to my thoughts was permitting our college students, regardless of the age or grade stage, voice and selection. However what’s voice and selection and what does that appear like? 

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

Okay, however how can we do that? One of many best methods to permit your college students voice and selection within the classroom is to offer them with quite a lot of decisions that provides college students the chance to specific their studying in a method that permits them to really feel profitable. With all the advances in expertise 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 lecturers too!) the chance to specific themselves digitally.  Adobe Categorical has hundreds, sure, hundreds, of templates that college students can rework and customise to go well with their wants. Think about letting our college students create an infographic as a substitute of a bodily posterboard, a web based ebook report, reasonably than having handy write every part. Think about utilizing digital instruments to design a ebook cowl, poster or journey brochure utilizing the numerous instruments that Adobe Categorical gives.  Adobe Categorical permits college students to create graphics, movies, displays, webpages and even change into digital storytellers utilizing the narration options supplied on the platform. Not solely is Adobe Categorical simple to make use of and visually interesting, it encourages college students to be inventive! (Take a look at Adobe Express in the Classroom: Adobe Education Exchange for top of the range tutorials and sources…)

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

Make sure you be a part of me this summer season for EdTechTeacher’s Summer season Workshops. “Digital Creativity with Adobe Categorical” will likely be supplied, together with 14 different thrilling courses that will help you simply and seamlessly incorporate ed tech into your classroom. All fifteen workshops will likely be supplied for one low worth and recordings will likely be out there in case you are not in a position to be a part of us stay! 

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