Case Study - Little Duos
Dear Duo, I must tell you there are some very excited children who are waiting to meet you. You see... I won a contest not to long ago through my university that was all about the importance of technology in the classroom. I had to do some writing and then take a picture and they seemed to have liked it because my school is being sent 30 iPad minis, a Bretford Cart, a MacBook Pro and training from two professors who are dan ta da dan... Apple Distinguished Educators. Now you see Duo, I've been following you for a few months already and I have been amazed at how many friends you've been making so incredibly fast. I knew the moment I received the prize that I would want to invite you to meet all the children as the school is actually my classroom as I am the language teacher. Believe it or not I actually copied out your first three lessons and have already introduced and am working on these with all the children "as we speak". I wanted to do this so that the children could focus on navigating your land in the beginning without having to worry at all about the new vocab. I've also been inviting one or two children at a time into my office to work on your first lessons so I can see where different students with different kinds of needs might need some extra help. Yesterday, I invited two very lovely students who are brothers whom I believe both have photographic memory. They were peeking into my office, while waiting for you. They very quietly sat down and while they were working effortlessly, I thought I would tell them a little about Luis and his ideas... (they were so immersed in Duo Land that I realized they couldn't hear a word I was saying and literally said out loud... "and you both don't hear a word I am saying". After about 15 minutes they had progressed through 3 levels and left the office with smiles from alpha to omega. This morning, one of the boys came immediately up to me and asked me if he could have "his password". Well, he really likes you Duo... Today, an autistic student in grade 8 was able to show me how she could navigate her way through the first level and how quickly she could do this. It truly was amazing to watch. I also worked with a grade 7 student with Down Syndrome who worked her way through the first level and was clearly learning and thoroughly enjoying your territory Duo.
Duo, I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate everything you've been doing in Duo Land... I know you aren't always able to be flying everywhere -right now anyways but I just felt that it was important that you know that we're all thinking of you and we are all so grateful for everything you have done.
One last thing Duo, if you think that you would like to fly in sometime or have us fly our thoughts to you via a Duo "Case Study" for little Duos please tell us because we think that would be super cool... and then maybe we could all wear Duo T-shirts and see if we can fly...
Well... we'll be flying soon regardless!...
Talk soon Duo, Sincerely, All the little Duos and I
That's wonderful! Congratulations. Your students are fortunate to have such a caring and innovative person as their teacher.
some important people in education should know this......or not........anyway, you are one caring teacher....great job and keep spreading Duo among your students
I just had an idea: is not there a competition for teachers who are original and innovative? You could go public with your expericences this way......
In the US, are you kidding, yes there are way to publicize this, but realistically something like this needs a special teacher to push or it will never break through the crazy maze of obstacles that most districts have in place. Most of the time the teachers are quite creative or innovative and like their students have it crushed out of them through bureaucracy.
Not to say I'm not trying. I know a K-12 district lead tech invested in Chromebooks. I keep pushing for him to work with the language teachers to make sure they are aware of Duo and how it could be integrated into their classroom. 1-2 hours a week substituting Duo for worksheets/pop quizzes would probably allow them to advance a lot quicker to more immersive material and allow the students to integrate out of class time to more learning. At lease use it for advanced student to be on task rather than twiddling their thumbs.