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The flying chair syndrome

  1. 1. The Flying Chair Syndrome The future of digital literacy Revolutionizing Teaching English Language For the ASEAN Integration Prepared by: Willard Van De Bogart - Language Institute, Bangkok, University For Culi’s International Seminar 2013 – November 21-22
  2. 2. Revolutionizing English Language Teaching For The ASEAN Integration Learning methodologies for the digital classroom
  3. 3. Do we need ESL teachers? Iconic Instruction Introduction
  4. 4. BANGKOK: -- In a 60-nation ranking released last week, the Education First Institute put Thailand 55th on the English Proficiency Index . BU DNA Professor Award - New breed of teacher
  5. 5. Students flying in their chairs 100% of all my students use smart phones or tablet computers
  6. 6. The flying chair syndrome Where are the students going?
  7. 7. A student’s world, a teacher’s nightmare
  8. 8. A Universe of Cognitive Enhancers More places than I can imagine
  9. 9. Exercise 1: Teaching in cyber space Your first class
  10. 10. Step 1. The clean slate Comfort zone The set up
  11. 11. Step 2. Symbol construction Trigger cognitive activity Instill curiosity
  12. 12. Step 3. Definition construction I have no Idea what thoughts are going on in the Insert a visual cue Student’s mind.
  13. 13. Step 4. Identity construction Provide for realistic imagination Open resources for ideation
  14. 14. Step 5. Provide a realistic setting Bridge the two worlds: Virtual and Real
  15. 15. Step 6. Mirror the setting Mirrored realities - static
  16. 16. Step 6. Mirror the setting Mirrored realities - active
  17. 17. Exercise 2: The era of Digital Literacy Where are we going with digital literacy?
  18. 18. Definition of digital literacy • “Digital literacy is the ability to understand information – more important – to evaluate and integrate information in multiple formats that the computer (digital assistant) can deliver. Being able to evaluate and interpret information is critical. You can’t understand on the internet without evaluating its sources and placing it in context”. Paul Gilister Culturally different digital competencies – concept approaches, attitudes Digital usage – application of digital competencies Digital transformation – creative involvement in the digital domain.
  19. 19. Basics of digital literacy? 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Be proficient with tools Cross cultural connections Collaborative problem solving Strengthen independent thinking Manage, analyze, synthesize multiple streams of simultaneous info. Create, critique, analyze and evaluate multimedia texts. Share information within global communities.
  20. 20. The Learning Cycle for digital literacy Digital literacy for in-service teachers is the ability to use digital artefacts as an integrated part of their pedagogical content knowledge and be aware of what implications this has for teaching, learning strategies. Krumsvik, Norway
  21. 21. Taxonomy of Learning
  22. 22. Digital literacy and cognitive enhancement? A game or not a game?
  23. 23. Digital literacy and Cognitive Interoperability Teaching scenario: 1.You walk into the classroom. 2. Every student is text messaging. 3.You are another fish in the sea. Welcome to decentralized asynchronous learning?
  24. 24. Digital Literacy and Connectivism Complex learning in a rapidly changing social digital world.
  25. 25. Conclusion to Connectivism chart Relative diversity of the group was a source of growth, enrichment and cognitive dissonance – in short, each person was important to the learning environment. The idea that learning occurred as a result of this diversity is in line with network theory and specifically the theory of interpersonal ties, which postulates that “weak ties” between individuals are more likely to facilitate the flow of new information than “strong ties”.
  26. 26. Exercise 3: Multiple Literacy
  27. 27. From Boston to Thailand
  28. 28. This is what they are saying Keys to 21st Century Learning • To learn collaboration, work in teams. • To learn critical thinking, take on complex problems. • To learn oral communication, present. • To learn written communication, write. • To learn technology, use technology. • To develop citizenship, take on civic and global issues. • To learn about careers, do internships. • To learn content, research and do all of the above.
  29. 29. Digital Literacy is less about tools and more about thinking. • Lets Re-mix this idea: 1. Language – print and texting, as well as visual, and multimedia. 2. Information – searching, tagging, critical thinking and filtering. 3. Connections – social skills and networking, collaboration, digital safety and intercultural awareness. 4. (RE)Design – remix literacy, copyright awareness
  30. 30. What is cognitive enhancement? • Impacting both the task and the learner using cognitive strategies is referred to as Cognitive enhancement. • From a teachers perspective: 1. Evaluate the content 2. Determine the necessary approaches to learning for student success. 3. Using instructional supports to help students apply techniques and strategies
  31. 31. Exercise 4: Iconic Teaching Techniques • The main objective behind this technique is to find a way in which a student can quickly grasp an idea related to any subject and at the same time allowing the student to apply that understanding to the subject they are studying and help them learn more about it. Iconic Teaching Technique incorporates a multi tasking approach as well as a multiple stimulus approach by offering many different ways for a student to relate to a subject
  32. 32. Cognitive stimulation techniques Developing higher order functions
  33. 33. ITT Example • "Green technology is a continuous evolving group of methods and materials from techniques for generating energy to non-toxic products." Color association with objects for Green Technology
  34. 34. What is cognitive development? • Sorting objects by one characteristic – by color • Classifying - architecture and ecology • Understanding the objects can be changed or regrouped • Following a pattern • Sequencing pictures to tell a story • Putting together a puzzle
  35. 35. Scaffolding – solving the learning puzzle 3. 2. 1. Lev Vygotsky defines scaffolding instruction as the “role of teachers and others in supporting the learner’s development and providing support structures to get to that next stage or level”.
  36. 36. How will we adjust to digital literacy? In most languages there’s a sharp distinction between programs, and data, and the output of programs. Not so in the Wolfram Language. It’s all completely fluid. Data becomes algorithmic. Algorithms become data. There’s no distinction needed between code and data. And everything becomes both intrinsically scriptable, and intrinsically interactive. And there’s both a new level of interoperability, and a new level of modularity. WolframAlpha’s New Computational Knowledge Engine
  37. 37. Cognitive development - Classification WolframAlpha app Students must learn How to combine information from different disciplines
  38. 38. The next generation of digital processing Google Glass
  39. 39. Preparing for Literacy
  40. 40. A new era of education is before us Thank you
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