iTime Tech Tips - Digital Literacy Dover

Friday, 10 November 2017

iTime Tech Tips

iTime, also known as Passion Projects and no doubt many other variations is a popular and essential element of our Primary School experience, what is it?

What is iTime?

iTime is an independent opportunities for students owned and student driven enquiry.

The "i" stands for a couple of things:
inquiry: This is an opportunity for students to ask questions and learn about something they are interested in.

individual: This is their project. They choose what they are going to do.  They decide how best to present their learning.

iTime can focus on any endeavour that is practical to pursue in the classroom, from knitting, to learning a new language, to building a cardboard game arcade. But one of the challenges is managing the disparate resourcing requirements, and managing the logistics of this, especially if the students are working on this at home and at school, which, if they're really excited about it, is highly likely.

Enter digital technology. Now I'm not for one second advocating for iTime to purely focus on digital artefacts (as my examples above imply) but there's no doubt in my mind that focusing on creating and learning a digital skill to create a digital artefact is relatively simple to manage, assuming your students are fortunate enough to work in a 1:1 school like ours.

In order to facilitate this I created the document below to inspire students and teachers who are keen on using their iTime for something digital. This document will grow over time, and please feel free to suggest additional ideas in the comments below, and I will add them to the doc.

Five ways to get creative with tech: video, text, audio, and data.


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