The Value Of Having Multiple Tools

Researching Ideas For Animal Puppets For Our Play

Today my students were performing our Readers’ Theatre production of Click Clack Moo: Cows That Type. They were so excited! They even created puppets for their characters, and they couldn’t wait for me to record the performance. My digital camera got a lot of use today though, and in the middle of the performance, it died.

I felt terribly telling the students that we couldn’t record their Readers’ Theatre production, but just as I gave up, one student said to me, “Miss Dunsiger, why don’t you just use the iPod Touch to videotape us?” Amazing! I would never have considered this option, but this child was absolutely right, and the iPod Touch worked perfectly!

At times like these, there’s definitely value in having multiple tools that perform the same function. Even more so, it’s great to have students that understand the many functions of these different tools, and can pick and choose when to use them too. I cannot thank my student enough for leading the class with his great idea!

Have you ever had an experience like this one? What do you see as the value in having multiple tools that perform the same function? I would love to hear your ideas!


2 thoughts on “The Value Of Having Multiple Tools

  1. Aviva, I have had this experience! We had just completed a drama/geography activity and were going to share our reflections on the task using Wallwisher but it wasn’t working. “Why don’t we just open up a Google Doc and do it there?” asked one of the kids. And so, we gave that option, and we did.

  2. That’s awesome! Thanks for sharing your experience here. Isn’t it great when the students can offer solutions too? I just love that they know the tools well enough to do so.

    Thanks again for your comment!

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