What does wearable technology have to do with putting students in a position to win in the classroom?
- Drive - (Daniel Pink) The general well-wishes for winter break include rest and relaxation; it's easy to become unmotivated with more free time on hand. Daniel Pink's research shines a light on factors that feed our motivation; autonomy, mastery, and purpose. The Fitbit provides independence with my wellness program. Real-time data helps me attain competence with my daily activities. I can be proactive with my personal health, saving money, reducing stress, and living better. Measured progress towards personalized, purposeful objectives increases student engagement and motivation.
- Visible Learning - (John Hattie) Formative assessment and self-evaluation are two of the highest ranking influences of student achievement as identified by John Hattie's meta-study of what works best in education. Worn like a wristwatch, the Fitbit monitors my heart rate and activity, providing me with continuous, real-time feedback. The data provided on the Fitbit dashboard allows me to evaluate my daily activity based on several related criteria. Making adjustments to my activity keeps me on track towards my wellness goals. Personalized feedback informs students about where they are in relation to where they want to go.
- Understanding by Design - (Grant Wiggins) Backward planning, beginning with the identification of wellness goals, set the stage for autonomous, authentically assessed growth. The Fitbit records my progress, and the application dashboard provides evidence of improving fitness. Reflecting on results provides a deeper understanding of wellness activities, prompting new objectives and regularly updated plans for next steps. Better results through goal setting, strategic planning, and authentic assessment.
Why would schools intentionally turn their backs on the wealth of personalized information technology can provide to each and every learner?
Are personal learning experiences translating to professional practice? What impact does this have on our students?
Promote Active Learning with Fitbits - Matthew Lynch, The Tech Edvocate