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By Cindy Wright Instructional Technology Specialist Columbus City Schools I believe that we cannot even begin to imagine the changes that are going to take place as the two-way nature of the Internet begins to flower, and that even those of us who have spent time imagining this future will be astounded by what happens. ~ Steve Hargadon Photocredit :http://leadinganswers.typepad.com/photos/uncategorized/2007/03/15/monarch_stages.jpg
Engaging today’s students means tapping into what is important to them.
We have a responsibility to prepare them for their future, not our past.
Technology allows learners get their information
When they want it
How they want it
Wherever they want it
Today’s students are Digital Natives ( Marc Prensky )
Short attention spans
Use technology to express themselves
Real-time learners - instant messages, text messages
How students live with technology Different kinds of experiences lead to different brain structures. Dr. Bruce D. Perry, Baylor College of Medicine
Skills learned today will be irrelevant in the near future
Focus less on the technology skill
Focus more on the 21 st century skill
Why Change? You change because you understand learning is dynamic and that to not change means to quit growing. ~ Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach http://21stcenturylearning.typepad.com/blog/ Photo credit :http://leadinganswers.typepad.com/photos/uncategorized/2007/03/15/monarch_stages.jpg
• Professionalism/Work Ethic , Teamwork/Collaboration and Oral Communications are rated as the three “most important” applied skills needed by entrants into today’s workforce. • Knowledge of Foreign Languages will “increase in importance” in the next five years, more than any other basic skill, according to over 60 percent (63.3 percent) of the employer respondents. • Making Appropriate Choices Concerning Health and Wellness is the No. 1 emerging content area for future graduates entering the U.S. workforce as reported by three-quarters of the employer respondents (76.1 percent). • Creativity/Innovation is projected to “increase in importance” for future workforce entrants, according to more than 70 percent (73.6 percent) of employer respondents. Currently, however, more than half of employer respondents (54.2 percent) report new workforce entrants with a high school diploma to be “deficient” in this skill set.
Join a professional social network. I belong to Classroom 2.0 (Ning) and the Discovery Educator’s Network (Discovery Education) (http://socialnetworksined.wikispaces.com/)
Find 3-5 Blogs (Google Blogs) you like and subscribe to them using RSS feeds or Google Reader
Join a microblogging network like Twitter or Plurk
Lurk for awhile
Participate-Become a part of the conversation
Classroom 2.0 Ning http://www.classroom20.com/ A great place for building contacts with other educators who are interested in using Web 2.0 tools. A weekly live show on Saturdays gives members a chance to communicate and learn together. ISTE Ning http://www.iste-community.org A new Ning created by ISTE to promote communication among ISTE members. Special Interest Groups for Tech Coordinators, 1:1 and more give an opportunity for focused conversations. 1. Join a Social Network
Really simple syndication, a way of aggregating web content in one place. Users subscribe to sites with RSS feeds and the aggregators collects new content and sends it to your desktop. So the content of 30 sites is visible in one place.
www.wikispaces.com Now we're taking the next step - we want to give away 100,000 free K-12 Plus wikis. That includes all the features and benefits that normally cost $50/year - for free. No fine print, no usage limits, no advertising, no catches.