Students are developing a new sense of independence and it's EXCITING! The Chromebooks have afforded kids the opportunity to seek answers for themselves. Instead of asking the teacher questions, THEY are able to access information. When working on their own, they have oodles of help at their fingertips.
Take this second grade example.
Students are to work on spelling, vocabulary, and other ELA Common Core Standards independently throughout the week. By the end of the week, they are to have completed a Tic-Tac-Toe pattern on their choice board. This is meant to be worked on as the teacher is working with small groups of students. Usually, students may want to go up and interrupt the teacher to inquire about something, but there are directions provided with each choice. Students can watch these step-by-step directions at any time to gain a better understanding of what they are to do.
Forgot what a synonym is? Look it up! Forgot the parts of a diary entry? Look it up! Forgot how to take a screenshot or audio record your thinking? Watch the screencast directions!
This fosters incredible independence and creates learning experiences for students that involve ownership and self discipline-- life long skills :)