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Module 6


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Module 6

  1. 1. Sara Ratty
  2. 2.  Connecting to the 21st-Century Student  Students Teach Technology to Teachers  Word Up: Bring the World's Languages to Your Classroom  Conclusion  References
  3. 3. “There's something about changing over to an electronic medium, something about that screen. It's psychological. It's a generational thing. Teachers in every strata of education are increasingly dealing with a student population that is not only more wired than they are but also grew up in a techno- drenched atmosphere that has trained them to absorb and process information in fundamentally different ways(McHugh).” •Educational methods of the past are no longer all functional and effective with today’s youth. They have learned to absorb information in a completely new way, and we as educators must recognize and reciprocate that.
  4. 4.  Focus is on the methods of information absorption in this new 21st century generation  Today’s brains shaped by information streams – ‘memes’  The MEdia Generation  Teachers must compete with distractions of multimedia  A need for a change in study methods withing the classroom  Not just standardized test prep with Q&A, but technology would allow for interaction  Collaborative learning
  5. 5.  Idea that this generation is a “mix-and-match” one  Like their options  Using technology like wikis, podcasts, and blogs does hand some control to the students  Generation of micromanagers  Important that the use of these technologies is monitored  Safety  Educational effectiveness  involving
  6. 6. “The goal of GenYES is not simply to help schools integrate technology in a collaborative way. Harper believes his organization can facilitate greater equality and access for students of diverse circumstances. "On the Internet, the poorest student in the world has the same resources as Bill Gates's kids," Harper says. "Ready access to technology, he adds, is "an equalizer, a leveler (Cruickshank, 2008).” “Harper makes it a point to always ask teachers whether they prefer learning from students or adults. Ninety-eight percent of the teachers ranked their student partner's support as being of high quality. They went into teaching, the teachers tell Harper, "because we like to work with kids(Cruicksharnk, 2008)."
  7. 7.  Idea that schools consist of 92% students and 8% teachers  Chances are, the students have more knowledge of technology  Teachers enjoy learning from the students more than from workshops with adults  Participation is key
  8. 8.  Technology is an equalizer  A poor child has the same resources via the web as would a wealthy child  Responsibility is what kids need  Technology is a tool to teach responsibility  Education is essential  Trust in the youth  Next generation is always the hope of the future
  9. 9. I love the idea that technology can be an equalizer. Not only an equalizer amongst children, but an equalizer amongst teachers and students. To give students the opportunity to be involved and have responsibility gives them something that is experiential rather than just regurgitation. In my opinion, students of this MEdia generation are more knowledgeable in technology because they’re more apt to experiment. They click around until they find what they need. Some who are not as familiar with technology are too timid to take charge and discover what technology has to offer. Allow the students to reveal the resources to the teachers and do the “clicking-around” in a sense, and then let the teachers utilize the resources within the classroom. Both feel equally involved in the progress and the students become more likely to participate.
  10. 10. •“One of the biggest challenges for foreign language teachers is to expose their students to authentic speech by native speakers. Another is to immerse them in the culture of the language they're studying when that culture may be half a world away. But in our expanding digital age, it's increasingly easy to connect live with overseas students, find related videos and audio clips, and discover examples of living language online -- all free(Weir, 2008).” •“The Internet has made accessing authentic materials and interacting with native speakers an everyday occurrence in many schools across the country,“ It has really brought the world into our classrooms(Weir, 2008)."
  11. 11.  Technology: bringing people together from different sides of the globe  Wikis, chat, live feed, blogs, podcast,  Access to foreign news, weather, reports  Ability to hear native speakers and dialogues  Form overseas friendships
  12. 12.  Speaking and reading a language is different from hearing a language spoken at its native speed  Podcasts allow students to repeatedly hear a language  ePals-program that generates electronic pen pals, faster, more reliable results  Technology is revolutionizing the way we learn language
  13. 13. Learning a language usually begins with basic vocabulary and cultural knowledge. A set of skills for students made standard by the state is that the students can regurgitate basic grammar laws and define or translate the language to their own. However, another skill, possibly even a more useful one, is conversational skills. Being able to understand a native speaker of a language can be essential in language education. With all of the tools technology is providing, the importance of translating and communication will expand. Hopefully, language education can transfer from just a regurgitation of sorts to a more conversational, real world skill with the help of things like podcasts, Skype, e-Pals, and audio aides.
  14. 14.  To conclude, I see the responsibility of integrating technology into the class as both the teachers’ and the students’. It is the students’ responsibility to be responsible with the technology available to them. It is the teachers’ responsibility to make themselves aware of what resources can truly impact the classroom and education experience. Technology is meant to aide and enhance. This new generation is keenly aware of the resources available to them, and teachers should recognize that by incorporating the learning tools of this MEdia Generation, students range of learning and understanding is broadened.
  15. 15.  Cruickshank, D. (2008, April). Dennis Harper: Harnessing student-led tech support. Edutopia .  McHugh, J. (n.d.). Connecting to the 21st-Century Student. Edutopia .  Weir, L. (2008, March 11). Word Up: Bring the World's Languages to Your Classroom. Edutopia .