Impact on the Teacher
I never really felt like I knew exactly how to research the impact of the
drone. But the inquiry and the learning have been extremely valuable to
me. This 20 Mile Walk has helped me “fire a few bullets” in these two
classes. It has also reminded me of habits that make for good teaching.
Initially, I was showing the videos at the end of the class because we were
out on the field and had to come into another room to view the videos.
By accident one day, we watched the video footage while taking a water
break instead. The difference was dramatic. This change led to reflection
in action instead of reflection on action that we typically engaged in.
Other key impacts noted were:
Footage from the drones gave us structure and focal points for
our conversations. It made the teaching of standards and
benchmarks tangible and visible for students.
Relying on the drones to capture footage sometimes caused
problems in a couple of classes where using them and adjusting
them momentarily became more of a focus than the intended
learning or instruction.