Using Social Networking to InspireTeaching with Technology Sonya Ortiz Castro Lamar University
A New StudentAccording to Mark Prensky (2001), today’s students, as he refers to as “digital natives”, are not the same students our educational system was designed to teach.Digital natives… • have grown up surrounded by technology • desire instant access & gratification • have multi-tasking abilities • are visual learners • are “networked”
New Expectations Findings show that students desire more technology integration from schools (Levin & Arefeh, 2002) such as…use of online quality accesstools to teach to online concepts resources relevant and prioritizing compelling Internet online literacy and assignments computer skills
A New Teacher Today’s teachers must be skilled at providing effective technology integration and will need …• a vision of technology’s potential for student learning• on-going training and support• time to experiment• the flexibility and risk-taking attitude to learn and apply skills (Office of Technology Assessment, 1995)
Continuing Education “People learn best through active involvement andthrough thinking about and becoming articulate about what they have learned.” (Lieberman, 1995)Teachers need… • support • a personal commitment • continuous feedback • opportunities to share • practice
The Process of Change Ongoing Effective Teacher Time to Professional Support & TeachingCommitment Practice & Development Continuous with & Vision Experiment Feedback Technology
Expanding Teacher SupportThe Internet has made it easy for teachers to connect with colleagues from around the world throughsocial networking.
Impact of Social NetworkingSocial networking, the online connection between a vast group of people from around the world, has opened a gateway for teachers to access and pursue professional development opportunities to help them meet the changing needs of their students.
Community GroupsA social network that brings together an array of innovative individuals invested in improving education. Can help teachers… • learn how other teachers are integrating technology • articulate challenges & solutions • receive tips and inspiration • network with other like-minded educators around the world • monitor progress through collaboration and continuous feedback
Classroom 2.0 A social network, hosted by Ning, that provides an environment for educators to explore Web 2.0 and collaborative technologies to improve learning. Allows teachers to… view live webcasts articulate ideas in a forumattend virtual conferences learn about new technologies network witheducators around share and view the world member videos
Differences Edutopia Community Groups Classroom 2.0• located within Edutopia.com • located as own website• multimedia resources within • multimedia resources located Edutopia.com within website• communication through • communication through discussion forums forums, live chats, webcasts• members can link to personal • members can upload videos on videos to the website• information driven • interactivity driven• showcases innovative • provides webinars, workshops teaching and other live events• members link resources • separate webpage devoted to sharing links on diigo
All the Right Tools Through the power of the Internet, today’s teachers are surrounded by tools to assist them. Teachers have instant access to … innovative online multimedia ideas collaboration resources other ongoingeducators supportcontinuous professional feedback development
CommitmentEffective integration of technology to improve student learning takes time and dedication. Teachers will need to commit to using all resources they have access to in order to provide the education that will prepare our “digital natives” for success.
ReferencesGeorge Lucas Educational Foundation. (2011). Edutopia Community Groups. Edutopia. Retrieved from http://edutopia.org/groupsHargadon, S. (2007). Classroom 2.0. Retrieved from http://www.classroom20.com/Levin, D. & Arafeh, S. (2002). The digital disconnect. The widening gap between internet-savvy students and their schools. Pew Internet and Life Project. Retrieved from http://pewinternet.org/~/media/Files/Reports/2002/PIP_Sch ools_Internet_Report.pdf.pdf.Lieberman, A. (1995). Practices that support teacher development. Phi Delta Kappan, 76, 591-596.
References continued…Office of Technology Assessment. (1995). Teachers and technology: Making the connection. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office.Prensky, M., (2001). Digital native, digital immigrants. On the Horizon. 9 (5), 1-6.
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