Here’s What I Found:
At the onset of this experiment, I suspected that the answer to my “is using technology more engaging” question would be affirmative. But the data suggests that it is a vibrant, enthusiastic, resounding “wahoooooo!” from my students. I have shown them myriad tools in the Google suite with which we have accomplished all sorts of feats. They have puzzled through creating Google drawings without many directions, they have created and taken surveys, they have inserted images, they have conquered the Google classroom. But most of all, they have written. Much like I am doing now, they have composed on the keyboard happily tapping away at their desks. I see them actively working. I see them able to switch from screen to trade book, searching for quotes, and back to screen. But the most exciting to see is the data here collected from our Google Form:
Will They Surprise Me?
The next piece of data to collect, though, will be the pièce de résistance (I wonder whether my students might use the read/write tools to look that little french number up! — because THEY CAN!). The “end of year” assessment piece in which I will ask them to hand write and then type two pieces of writing. I will be asking students to do this in a week or so, as they are pretty fried from standardized testing.
Next Year Will be a Breeze!
On that testing note, after this experience of closely observing students working (and working diligently!) using the Chromebooks, I am no longer anxious about what they can accomplish online next year when they are asked to compose on a keyboard rather than with a #2 pencil.