What strategies do you use to promote student engagement in your classroom? Students can take ownership of their work and show off their learning throughout the school year. To bring students into the teaching process, empower every learner with opportunities to share their screen.
Screensharing is a popular teaching strategy. An educator leading a classroom can show off their screen to a class of students. This strategy is useful in many classroom moments, from demonstrating how to complete a task, modeling how to solve a problem, or even sharing a new resource with students. Just last week I led a lesson for a group of fourth graders and shared my screen with the group. I wanted them to see how I maneuvered across the screen and showed them a visual to help them make sense of a new concept.
Encouraging Students to Share Their Screen
Although a popular teaching strategy involves a teacher sharing their screen with students, students can also take on this role. When a student shares their screen, their role as a learner can shift to include that of a teacher too. Students can show off what they have learned to their classmates, facilitate a discussion, and even take questions from their peers. Here are just three examples of this strategy in action.
Screensharing in ELA
In the English Language Arts classroom, imagine your students are exploring To Kill a Mockingbird together. Students might snap a picture of a page from their book and annotate the passage on their screen. You might pose a question to your class and ask students to support their thinking with evidence from the text. When a student is ready to share their thinking with their classmates, they can share their screen too. This way everyone can view their annotations and participate in a discussion led by their classmate.
Screensharing in Math
In the math classroom, imagine students are using a variety of algorithms to solve for the answer to the same problem. Students might solve the problem using an algorithm of their choice and present the steps to their classmates. By sharing their screen, their peers can watch as they move through and discuss each step.
Screensharing in Science
In the science classroom, imagine students are working on experiments with a small group. They have designed their own procedure and conducted a successful experiment. Students can share their screens with their classmates to show off what they accomplished, ask for feedback, and answer questions. As topic experts, these students can take on the role of sharing what they learned with their classmates.
Using Airtame for Screensharing
Earlier this year I featured some significant updates from Airtame. Airtame is a device teachers (and students!) can use to stream content and share their screen wirelessly. All you have to do is plug in the Airtame device into the HDMI port on screen. This screen could include a television, projector or another type of large format display in your classroom.
Once the Airtame device is plugged in, you and your students can share your screen from any device. You won’t have to worry about cables, so both students and teachers won’t be tethered to the front of the classroom.
I’m sure you can think of many more ways to encourage your students to take on a teaching role. Screensharing is a fantastic strategy for students of all ages in all subject areas to show off what they have learned. I can’t wait to hear how you use this strategy with students this year!
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