Digital Natives and Immigrants Children are born into a rapidly developing technological society. The language associated with it is native to them. Oldies speak with “thick” accents.
Effect on culture Visual/ image based society Decentralization of authority Sense of community has changed to engagement in an isolated environment Instant gratification Time poor Narcissism – world as audience
Christian Education? What technologies do we embrace? Are they neutral/ good/ bad? Technology: Death of Education but growth of learning (Stephen Heppell) Chalk/ slate; quill/ paper; pencil; biro; computers 3 Rs being replaced by 3 Es: Exploration; Expression; Exchange
Worldview As educators we need to be part of the shaping of our cultureSO...“common grace”BUT..Creation/ Distortion/ Redemption/ Recreation
Cultural shift Technology shapes culture is not just a product of it Comes with hidden seductions – informationism, narcissism Introduction of telegraph, making communication faster than physically humanly possible has changed the character of society into ‘one neighbourhood’
Idolatry Take a good thing and make it an end in itself; an ultimate thing Intimacy of human contact becomes voyeurism Loss of ability to discern between value/ valueless Knowledge about rather than knowledge of Access is more important than understanding Everything is being decontextualised: from real, physical experience to virtual
Truth or truthiness? Defined as what we wish were true, not necessarily what is factually true. Children have moved from a thick world of context consisting of several layers to a very broad but superficial (thin) one. i.e. Social networking. Immediate, image based digital society How can we be good digital citizens? High view of truth based on God’s word Recognition and discussion of distortions present in culture, technologically based or otherwise Community/relational basis of God’s creation Beware of floating along with current trends, rather be a beacon of God’s standards and love in a fallen world.
Technology in the classroom Engagement Differentiation Research Presentation ESL language dictation and interpretation IWBs, IPads, laptops , classroom computers WHY? Do our reasons reflect a Godly or worldly perspective? (consumerism, covetousness, keeping up with other schools in the area??)
Ongoing Staff Discussion What is Biblical teaching, what isn’t? How do we ensure our methodology and classroom management reflect Christ? What do we purposefully include in our programs that challenge the current view of self? Is our curriculum content arranged in such a way as to facilitate a logical reflection of a Creation/Fall/ Redemption paradigm? Can our curriculum be arranged differently to include ‘thick’ contextual and cultural issues that are true to Biblical truth but still cover necessary content?
Classroom Pedagogy Involve human interaction and relationship building activities, cooperative learning situations, celebrate and use individuals’ gifts and talents to produce differentiation in activities and assessment tasks? Include real experiences in everyday teaching, showing the interrelated nature of the world? Restorative nature of God within the community of relationships? How do we counteract the isolationist and superficial nature of the culture shift?
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