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19 years – Library Media Specialist 11yrs Elementary (Balto City & Co.) 9yrs High School 20 years – Higher Education - BCCC Strayer University Morgan State University Educational Consultant and Curriculum Writer for ISTE Master Teacher & Curriculum Writer for NTTI A Social Media Maven and Greek Tribe Memberwho loves her iPad, pound cake, shopping, and automobiles.
Educators absolutely must be driven to learn in order to teach effectively in the 21st Century. It is no longer acceptable to teach only from a textbook, to rely on the same worksheets an methods year after year without atleast questioning them and researching why they are the best resource available. There is simply too much newinformation, too many new strategies, and new learningavailable to us to ignore the implications it may have for students in our classes.
Not many teachers would consider themselves digital natives, but we must understand enough about digitalcontent and how it is used to effectively operate in our student’s world. This means having social media accounts and understanding how they are used, even if you don’t use them specifically for learning. We must be familiar enough with the new digital landscape that we can help students navigate their journey online, even if we don’t (or can’t) join them.
Whether posted online or simplyused in the classroom, our materials must be highly engaging and effective. PowerPoint and Word are becoming antiquated as newer and more powerful presentation and editing suites become available to teachers.
It is our responsibility to compete (where necessary) with the quality of video games and media construction in order to hook students into great learning. As media conscious teachers,we can win student attention by working with them, not against them, for their learning.
As teachers of our time, we must realizethe implications of pervasive technologies such as smart phones and highly mobile tablets/computers. In addition, we must find ways to ‘make it work’ with technology, which may include enlisting students to help or learn more about the technologies we are using.
…we work at making thetechnology work (in the best way we can) so the lesson becomes about the learning instead of the management of machines.
Gone are the days when teachers dole out assignments and send students on their merry way. A modern educator realizes the plethora of factors impacting students in our current world,and strives to tailor learning where possibletoward individualized needs and interests.
This student-centered focus also creates learning opportunities for the teacher to learn with students, developing theirteaching and collaborative skills.
A digital native is a person for whom digital technologies already existedwhen they were born, and hence has grown up with digital technology such as computers, the Internet, mobile phones and MP3s. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_native
A digital immigrant is an individual who grew up without digital technology and adopted it later. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_native
http://tinyurl.com/youtubeteacher1Kevinessdack. "I Need My Teachers to Learn.mov." YouTube. YouTube, 01 May 2010. Web. 11 Mar. 2012. <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=synntqin2Ks>.
“iGeners are growing up with portable technology. Literally from birth, these children are able to grow up using mobile technology,” he said. “But I also look at the little ‘i’ as reflecting the individualized culture—reflecting our needs and desires.”http://www.eschoolnews.com/2010/04/12/author-igeneration-requires-a-different-approach-to-instruction/
…has the courage to admit that they do not know all of the answers and they openly show that they enjoy learning from their students… ...knows that to expect their students to become lifelong learners they must be willing to do the same. …shows children how to seek knowledge independently. …sees what can be accomplished, not what cannot be accomplished. …seeks innovative ways to help all children shine.Adapted from:Kuebler, Mary. "The Definition of a Teacher." Helium. Helium, 18 Apr. 2010. Web. 10 Mar. 2012. <http://www.helium.com/items/1807430-what-is-a-teacher>.
Leveraging Emerging Technologies for Teaching & Learning
…students to reach their potential through increased access to educational resources and experts that extend learning beyond the capacities or limitations of their school or communitySource: http://www.tomorrow.org/speakup/pdfs/SU10_3EofEducation%28Students%29.pdf
…students in rich, compelling learning experiences that develop deeper knowledge and skill development especially the problem- solving, creativity and critical thinking skills so highly desired for our world todaySource: http://www.tomorrow.org/speakup/pdfs/SU10_3EofEducation%28Students%29.pdf
…students to take responsibility for their own educational destinies and to explore knowledge with an unfettered curiosity, thus creating a new generation of life long learners.Source: http://www.tomorrow.org/speakup/pdfs/SU10_3EofEducation%28Students%29.pdf
BENEFITS CreativityCollaboration Global Audience24/7 Access AuthenticInnovation Learning GlobalCritical Thinking AwarenessCommunication Supports 21st Century Skills When Kids Are Empowered, Engaged, and Enabled They Learn Better
If the only tool you have is a hammer,you tend to see everyproblem as a nail. Abraham Maslow
Are you doing a good job of using technology to enhance learningand/or student achievement?http://www.flickr.com/photos/langwitches/4511930995
20th century classroom. Digital image. Justiceblogs. Web. 10 Mar. 2012. <http://justiceblogs.wordpress.com/2011/09/09/20th-century-classroom-practices/>.
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Make literature real. Have studentscreate a Facebook page for a characterfrom literature you are studying like thisclass did. Follow famous people. Many famous people are on Twitter. Have students follow someone related to what you are studying, such as following President Obama when looking at government.Learn probability. An elementary teacheruses Twitter to teach the concept ofprobability. Field trips. Use Skype to bring the field trip into the classroom when it is difficult or impossible for students to go to the source. Grassroot opportunities. Social media provides opportunities for students to work together on grassroot movements such as the one at the University of British Columbia where students fought to keep the weight room at their aquatic http://tiny.cc/978yaw center open.
Tweet famous conversations. Havestudents tweet imagined conversationsbetween famous literary figures such asRomeo and Juliet, Sherlock Holmes andWatson, or Dante and Beatrice. Practice a language. If students are learning a foreign language, they can practice with native speakers through groups on Facebook such as this one or by finding native speakers on Twitter or Skype. Inclusion. Students who may have to be out of the classroom due to special needs or illness can be connected to the class remotely and stay a part of the community.
“…It’s about adding quality back into the equation and putting a human filter between you and the overwhelming world of content abundance that is swirling around us every day. Curation replaces noise with clarity.”Steven Rosenbaum, author Curation Nation Hamilton, Buffy. "Summer Seed Ideas:Curation, Participation, and Student PLEs." Web log post. The Unquiet Librarian. Web. 19 June 2011. <http://theunquietlibrarian.wordpress.com/>.
Brian Solis says “…a curator is thethat in social media… keeper of their interest …By discovering, organizing, and sharing relevant content from around the Web, curators invest in the integrity and vibrancy of their nicheworks.
Socialbookmarking is used to share, organize, search, and managebookmarks ofweb resources. image URL: http://mrg.bz/Foc6b9
We must educate the students we have, not the student we used to have, nor the student we wished we had. We must adapt to todays student, not them adapting to us. We must adapt to their world of todays 21st century technology. We cannot teach like weve taught forever anymore. We must change ourselves to adapt to their world. They are hyper-communicators and must "power down" just to go to school.http://teacherlingo.com/blogs/sharingtechnology/archive/2008/02/23/using-youtube-in-the-classroom.aspx
We shouldnt expect"out of the box" thinking when we only employ "in the box" teaching. Tom Whitby
“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptablehttp://purpleopurple.com/biography/short-biography/charles-darwin.html to change. Charles Darwin
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