This morning, the #iTrinityteam excitedly presented our iPad project ideas to 100+ trainee teachers at the University of Plymouth, an incredible opportunity made possible thanks to Pete Yeomans (@ethinking), a lecturer at the University. The team presented with great confidence and clarity, depicting our project aims and objectives incredibly effectively. The entire classroom (and lecture theatre!) was buzzing with children (and students!) engaged and excited by having the opportunity to collaboratively generate ideas with others in an entirely different location.
As the children and students began posting their ideas on the lino.it wall that @oliverquinlan had set up for the session, the power and learning potential of this connection became instantly obvious. With some thought-provoking prompts and questions from Pete via the Skype link, the children were actively engaged in divergent thinking, bouncing concepts off each other, contemplating, evaluating and synthesising ideas as they sought to find an idea strong enough to raise the money.
Our next task is to search through the huge amount of ideas that have been generated, to discuss the potential of each one and decide where we go from here; to begin to think in a more convergent manner in order to finalise some firm solutions to our ‘problem’.
Engaging. Exciting. Collaborative. Innovative. Progressive. These are some of the words that come to my mind when reflecting on today’s session. This has sparked a whole new way of thinking for the children and staff of the #iTrinityteam and not only generated some fantastic ideas for raising funds for a class set of iPads, but more fundamental pedagogic ideas that we can take with us back to daily classroom learning and teaching. I will expand on these ideas in future posts soon, once I’ve fully digested all this excitement! 🙂