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Encouraging Students to Become Prosumers

Traditionally, students have been consumers of information. You teach, they learn, and produce output in terms of classwork, reports, and essays. This style of teaching has worked well, but now that technology is becoming common in the classroom, you have the tools to allow students to learn and grow while using technology that will assist them later in life.

Why Encourage Students to be Prosumers?

This style of consumerism in the classroom doesn’t necessarily translate into today’s connected classroom. The use of technology encourages students to produce projects that demonstrate they are learning the material you’re teaching and allows your students to become producers in the classroom. In the connected classroom, students become prosumers – part consumers, and part producers. Students are able to demonstrate what they’re learning in nontraditional ways. By encouraging them to use technology, they gain relevant skills that will be useful throughout school and beyond.

Lessons can benefit from the addition of technology, as long as the technology you’re using has an authentic and purposeful use. For ideas on how to create an authentic and purposeful learning environment, see our blog post, “Creating an Authentic Purposeful Learning Environment: Integrating Technology into the Common Core”.

Implementing the Prosumer Mindset

A simple way to implement the prosumer mindset in your classroom at the beginning of the school year is to have your students create a slideshow that introduces them to each other. Students can customize a slide that includes their name, photo, and interesting facts that are then compiled into a classroom slideshow. We’ve created a template for you, “Introducing Our Class: A Ready-to-Use Google Slides Template” which includes instructions for younger and older students.  Click this link to view the template, then make yourself a copy of it. (File, Make a copy …) 

If it’s not the start of the school year for you and your students, you could have students create a slide for a classmate (instead of themselves) but new information must be discovered about the classmate so that they are learning more about each other. This would be a perfect opportunity to integrate or embed empathy for others as discussing what’s appropriate to share (or not share) will be an important part of this type of activity. 

Why is it Important for Students to be Content Creators?

Our very own Kim Cofino shares her thoughts on why students should be content creators – and it’s perfect for our topic this week!

Final Thoughts

The sky’s the limit when creating technology rich lessons. However you decide to add technology into your lessons, your students will enjoy the opportunity to showcase their learning in ways that allow them to demonstrate their creativity and learning simultaneously.

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