An important standard of technology education is creativity and innovation. I know I am on the right track when I see students demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and develop innovative products and processes using technology. Students need to have opportunities to create original works as a means of personal expression, and the instruction and support they need to make it happen. Today in my 12-14 Robotics Extension class, I was absolutely delighted when two 7th grade girls shared their work with me, so I wanted to share it with you.
The girls had worked hard for several sessions on building and programming a catapult. I asked them to take some photos of their work for documention, but they asked if they could make a video instead. I offered them my digital camera, but said they would rather use an iPad, so they could edit it with iMovie. They headed out into the hall with their catapult and their digital tools of choice. The result was quite amazing, and a good example of how students at Near North Montessori attain 21st century technology skills, such as effective media production, communication and collaboration. By the way, I found the text in the video a bit of a testament to our Montessori philosophy. I think you will, too.