My students have demonstrated great engagement and responsibility when using the above mentioned technology. Aside from some minor issues (ones that arise in any classroom) they show a focus and an eagerness to use the devices to their full potential. They make the most out of the time given to them with the idevices and they know how serious I am about using the "tools" to further their learning. For these reasons, I thought it would be appropriate to let them explore the concept of Time using some apps that I am familiar with to explore the concept. This would serve as a diagnostic assessment, providing me with valuable information about what the students know (prior knowledge), what they think they know (accurate and inaccurate), what they don't know, and what they seem to be interested in learning.
I put the students into groups of two and three (depending on the device they were using) and encouraged them to use "Wake the Rooster by Telling Time" and "Interactive Telling Time Lite".
Here are some of my notes about what I saw and heard as the students worked on the two apps.
- I heard students counting by 5's as they worked to figure out what minute the hand was pointing at
- I heard the students talking about the minute hand and the hour hand (few were able to explain any more than that)
- Many students were able to tell the time when it was on the hour (e.g. 6 o'clock)
- Many knew what a digital clock was but did not know what to call the "analog" clock
- Some students mixed up the hour hand for the minute hand and vice versa
- Most students can read a digital clock without difficulty
- A few of them can tell the time to the quarter hour and have an understanding of the terms "quarter after" and "quarter to"
The plan now is to provide the students with what they need to get them to our learning goal: tell and write time to the quarter-hour using demonstration digital and analogue clocks. The next step is to create an anchor chart that explicitly guides them in telling time. The students that 'get it' will assist in the creation of the chart and it is my hope that they will lead their classmates as we work together to move everyone forward.