The students that we are teaching now are have grown up in a different world to us. We may not identify with all of their values, but we are responsible for their school education, so we need to try to understand them and engage them with technologies that they are used to.
Education was traditionally based on ‘talk and chalk’ – listening, reading, writing and remembering. Concept-mastery. (from Cathy Nelson)
The teacher was the centre of the classroom. Trad-->microphone was on stage with the ‘expert’ who would ‘tell’ information to a passive and largely ‘invisible’ audience Little focus on customizing for each listener, let alone getting them involved. Most schools and academic programs were (and still are) designed for this. Flip side - See it in a School 2.0 manner where all students are ‘broadcasters’ and managing their network ‘brand’, where their audiences are only ‘fuzzy’ because they are so widespread and ever-changing. (from Cathy Nelson)
Scott McLeod on his blog, Dangerously Irrelevant, challenges all teachers and educators. http://www.dangerouslyirrelevant.org/2007/04/key_question.html
Since the introduction of Web 2.0 there has been an explosion in the number of sites and applications available for people to use collaboratively. The internet is like a powerful machine that your students are confidently and expertly surging along on.
Where are you? Are you also surging along enjoying the ride? Are you on there but not so confident or so expert? Or haven’t you taken the plunge yet? Quote from Will Richardson’s wiki
There is so much information available on the internet today, that a simple search in Google might return 10,000,000 results. Students are easily distracted and they have a short attention span, so we need to teach them info-dieting – or selecting the best information for their needs without glutting themselves on a mass of low quality information.
Quote from Will Richardson Practice info-dieting yourself and teach your students how to do this too. Image from www.choosehelp.com
In the past, websites ‘pushed’ information at us, and we had to keep visiting each site to see if any content had changed. With RSS feeds you can now ‘pull’ that information to you, and you only have to visit one site to see it all. Image from http://www.flickr.com/photos/cjfinley/481428628/
With RSS you can customise what you want to read – like having your own specific newspaper.
Mashups of widgets enabled by metadata
If students plan their research topics well in advance they can set up RSS feeds for them, then forget about the assignment for a few weeks. Once they return, they should have lots of information sitting there in their feed reader.
Reading other educators blogs via RSS feeds is the best professional development you can do. It opens your mind to what is happening in other schools, network groups and countries, and exposes you to the explosion of new tools and applications that is constantly being produced.
Image from http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic-art/130429/108250/Students-using-computers-in-a-classroom
Driftwood horses – images from emails
Food scenes – images from emails
No wonder some dogs bite people! Images from emails
Body art – images from emails
People love to create, but it’s no fun unless you have someone to admire what you have created. The internet is an ideal place to create content and share it.
Image from mawia.edublogs.org/page/2/ Quote from Will Richardson
Ipswich Library Teacher PD Cathy Oxley 20 October 2008
The Y Generation - The Silent generation - people born before 1946. - The Baby Boomers - people born between 1946 and 1959. - Generation X - people born between 1960 and 1979. - Generation Y - people born between 1980 and 1995. Why do we call the last one generation Y?
Sort Of Dunno Nothin' http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_veIGGP1Uh4
Collaboration <ul><li>‘ This generation collaborates as a core ethos—e.g., in multiplayer web games, with IM, in co-laboratories, virtual classrooms, and chat rooms. It is exciting to have an environment where information can be introduced and processed and where life, play, entertainment, school, and work co-mingle’ (LibraryJournal.com Born with the Chip) </li></ul>“ There are currently 117620 people playing “
How will it help students? They can also set up RSS feeds now from some of the databases your library can subscribe to through UQ Cyberschool – Opposing Viewpoints and Expanded Academic http://www.bloglines.com/myblogs
How will it help teachers? Reading other people’s blogs is the best form of professional development you can participate in!
‘ Our goal is to provide an online community for sharing instructional videos. We seek to fill a need for a more educationally focused, safe venue for teachers, schools, and home learners. It is a site to provide anytime, anywhere professional development with teachers teaching teachers. As well, it is a site where teachers can post videos designed for students to view in order to learn a concept or skill ‘ http://www.teachertube.com/view_video.php?viewkey=93b89d8fbee5667d077f http://www.teachertube.com/view_video.php?viewkey=6f2c2eba77f39993d118&page=1&viewtype=&category = Did You Know? 2.0 Maths Lesson with Abbott & Costello
Ning – a place to share http://education.ning.com/ http://www.classroom20.com/
Shift Happens “ We are currently preparing students for jobs and technologies that don’t yet exist…in order to solve problems that we don’t even know are problems yet.” "The illiterate of the 21st Century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn." (Alvin Toffler)
Captivate them! "Sometimes traveling to a new place leads to great transformation" -- Fortune Cookie
Tutorials and Links <ul><li>How to set up an RSS feed </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.teachertube.com/view_video.php?viewkey=8d0c2d792a719dfb602e </li></ul><ul><li>Using RSS in education </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.slideshare.net/leonardstern/rss-in-education </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.slideshare.net/bwatwood/using-rss/ </li></ul><ul><li>102 RSS feed sites </li></ul><ul><li>http://oedb.org/library/features/the_ultimate_rss_toolset </li></ul>
Contact me <ul><li>My email address </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>My blog </li></ul><ul><li>http://cathryno.globalteacher.org.au/ </li></ul><ul><li>My bookmarks on Diigo </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.diigo.com/user/cathryno </li></ul>