The prep children have been learning how to use flip camera’s and the video and camera function of our ipod touch’s during the last couple of weeks. The children then have access to this technology during Investigations learning time and we have been modeling and encouraging them to use the technology to help develop their oral language skills and to articulate what they are learning and why.
As they have gown in confidence with using the technology we have noticed that the act of recording what they are saying and hearing and seeing themselves speak is helping them to use clear and accurate language to express what they have to say. They can play back what they have recorded either on the camera itself or to the whole class on the Interactive Whiteboard which gives immediate feedback to the child and allows further opportunities to model and reuse their oral language, changing what they say or adding new vocabulary if necessary.
The short video below demonstrates how two children have worked with very little teacher support to create a short video which explains what the student has been doing during Investigations. The questioning is wonderful to listen to, as are the creative rules of the game!