Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Notability Learning Labs

by Katie Winstead and the DTC Team

Today the Collab Lab had its doors open every period for a cool, new concept: Learning Labs. After meeting with staff members during the Peer Observation Day, the school saw a need to have specific days devoted to learning different instructional techniques. Today’s Learning Labs were devoted to learning more about Notability.

Even teachers who regularly use Notability stopped in to learn different ways to engage students through interactive notes. For example, we discussed “Katie’s technique” where we share a note with our students and they have the capability to use the scissors in Notability to move words or drawings around, change the color or size, and generally manipulate documents to categorize, sort, etc.

We also discussed the idea of audio notes: students can brainstorm and write as they plan out essays, for example.

In math classes, students have been using the audio function to talk about how they are solving problems to make learning visible. Students can also push out their documents as "Notes" so that teachers can open up the editable file and either write or speak back to the students!

Overall, it was a very successful day and the teachers at Elk Grove are looking forward to many more Learning Labs to come!

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