As I have mentioned in a previous post, the school I am currently working at (and all the schools I’ve worked at in Korea) does not have the capacity to hold 1:1 classrooms. We don’t have a technology department or even a “tech guy,” so if I were to run a 1:1 classroom, I would have to procure the devices, administrate the network, plan the lessons, and flesh out the learning objective myself. I would be the teacher, network administrator, and hardware and software engineer.

My current school has not allocated funds or prioritized a shift to becoming a digital school, so this will be impossible in my current situation for the near future.

I will, however, be looking for ways to maximize the enhancement portion of the SAMR model and encouraging students to do projects on their own devices (vacation homework) to expose them to these learning tools and this type of learning environment.

One way to do that would be to get the use of video involved in the classroom. Rather than simply make a PowerPoint presentation about their vacation, each student will be tasked with creating a video outlining their vacation activities. Given that we (yes, including me) are still amateurs, this will simply be a collection of photos with transitions between set to music. WeVideo is a simple way to put the photos together while YouTube editor is an easy way to both set music to and publish it.

I’m anticipating this to be an activity the students will really get into, and I can’t wait to see their videos!

Author: Mr. Matt Savill

I am an American citizen in my seventh year of teaching in Korea.

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