I’ve been doing an action research project about the work flow involved in using video to capture learning in my grade one classroom. As I have been reflecting about what has happened and what I’ve learned, the thing that stands out most to me is that the video process helps my students to learn from each other.
I have long been a proponent of students learning from each other, but when I first started this project, my intention was not that this would be a learning process, but that it would be a recording process. I thought that the students would learn how to go in pairs to a quiet part of the classroom or the hallway and film each other talking about their learning and then we would upload their video and post it on their blogs. The other students would be able to see what the others had learned by watching the video on their friends’ blogs if they wished to.
What was I thinking? It’s ALWAYS about the learning. It only took me one trial to realize that the students NEEDED to see each other explaining what they had learned. They needed to see students who used a different addition strategy and learn about another way they could add numbers. They needed to see some of the ways that their friends explained the difference between needs and wants so that it could expand their own understanding of this concept. And they needed to see the puppet stories that their classmates composed so that it would inspire more detail in their own stories. Making video in my classroom is not just a process of recording learning, but a process of learning in itself.
Doesn’t this sound like the way that we all learn? I certainly do.