ONE NOTE'S AUDIO quality surprises me when I use a lapel microphone to offer feedback to students as they complete assignments in our third level modules. I've enclosed a short sample at the bottom of this post.
Part of one of the assigned tasks asks students to reflect on the six weeks of work experience they completed during the summer immediately preceding the start of the academic year. Eiren McLoughlin shared part of her story.
But as Eiren revealed in her short job summary, "there are many things to learn, both technologically and socially. My internship provided me the opportunity to teach young people different technological skills and knowledge using a number of different software packages".
Because I run teacher training programmes, I appreciate the amount of time and effort needed to prepare activites and to run engaging hands-on sessions. You need to research how things are supposed to work and to discover common errors that help you work around problems students will have. Eiren swam those same water, experiencing "creating materials, getting critiques, making alterations, updating and re-structuring materials".
Knowing what young university students absorb while interns and seeing the positive results enjoyed by the under-10s in our home, I strongly endorse Whizzkids Summer Camps. Next year, those attending the week-long event might create their own shout-outs for family and friends like I've done inside Microsoft OneNote in the audio clip I've attached below.
[Bernie Goldbach is an instructor drone pilot working as an education technologist in Ireland. See more photos from Whizzkids on Flickr.]