Let them do nothing

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For me it is a simple choice. My primary objective in a classroom is to teach French. If I can use technology to create an effective learning landscape I can and I will and I believe it really enhances and facilitates learning. I also believe it is essential to effective teaching in 2014. When solving a problem I put my primary objective first and then work in the technology. Getting my year 8s who have iPads to deliver assessment pieces to me has been an interesting challenge. We can connect to the board and I can assess work that way but it’s time consuming. I can assess work loaded up onto the learner management system we have but they can only upload image files so that limits what I can assess that way. They can bring their work to me on their iPads and I can see it on their iPads. That works well. It is one to one and they love doing it and they learn a lot. It is also time consuming. We have a project they need to get to me by the beginning of term and it was looking like it would come into me in various ways so I said we needed a plan and we would need to be more or less doing the same thing or it would get too tricky for me. It came down to OwnCloud and USBs as far as they were concerned. Our school has offered us the option of using OwnCloud this year.This is their first major project so I want the delivery to be easy for them. We had a vote. The OwnCloud option won by 3 votes so the decision was more or less split down the middle. I have set OwnCloud up on my iPad and just have to send out the invitations. My plan is to get as many of them as possible to deliver their work that way but give them the easy fall back position they seem to want of putting it on a USB and bringing it to me. This takes the pressure off. The Australian School of Business has run an article about some research from Georgia State University where giving people the option of doing nothing will actually create the possibility of getting them to do what you had in mind. This is my plan. I am hoping by having the acceptable soft option in place I’ll actually be able to get most students to upload their work to OwnCloud because I’ll be sending the invitation with the link which ought to make it easier for those who aren’t feeling safe and secure with this option. What the nothing option offers is an opportunity to feel confident you can complete the essential task without feeling threatened. That’s important with technology. People need to learn in their own way and in their own time but you can make it easier for them in different ways.

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