Information overload, new advancements in technology and the way we communicate.
Our students are now used to popular digital culture which stresses production and participation, not just consumption and spectatorship.
Young people are uisng the internet, communication tools, social media to communicate in very unique ways. This is an example. A CTJ student who never handed in his paragraphs in Juvenile, but wrote long ones as a testimonial to the teacher in orkut. Can you think of other ways
They have now the chance to add their own voices in various forms, in very personal ways.
Ask for technology examples in the classroom before changing slides.
Though the cellphone, tv, etc might be considered tech for you. It’s not for our students.
Most of us still view tech as an add on, and not part of our lives. However, technology is taking some shapes never imagined before. Just take a look at this video.
Show phonebook video. What does it tell us about the reality of our own learners?
There is a disconnect between the real world outside the classroom and the world that exists within it. A gap between the classroom and students’ worlds.
Still lots of spectorship, information pouring.
We’ve already started our micro-revolution within our classes. Ask for examples.
What we’ve accomplished in 2009 is part of that change. We started as a disperse community that once shared flashcards in the classroom to a community of producers willing to share in a more consistent way. We’ve been trying out, learning, talking, asking for help, teaching others, rethinking our own practices.
This is just the beginning of our own micro-revolution.
In this cycle of change, where would you put yourself. Group discussion. Where are we as a group?
Rethinking our practices in a digital age doesn’t mean just using tech tools. It means finding authentic purposes to provide our learners with meaningful contexts. We need to retool ourselves, but in an informed way.
We, the educators, as designers of learning opportunities that use tech tools which adds engagement, production, motivation.
It’s about remixing our practices, not throwing away what we’ve been doing up to now. It is finding out how to best incorporate what we already have with what the digital world can provide us with. The best of both worlds.
It’s not about the technology itself, but how it connects, how it can deepen our understanding of the world, the practice of a foreign language.
It is retooling ourselves to make even deeper connections and strengthening the social aspect of learning.
We can now add even more perspectives and voices to our classrooms throuhg tech tools to help our students succeed in language learning. How? Can you give some examples?
Though we try to simplify things, this fact hasn’t changed. Teaching/learning is a complex, non-linear, fluid process full of variables involved. Technology is never a substitute for good teaching.
Or better, how can we face the challenge of changing as an educator in the 21st century?
The Ed Tech Team would like to suggest we started this semester facing our digital challenges with two simple actions. 1. Everybody writes down and hands in a specific tech goal for the semester (add names)/give your example first. and 2. Making our digital connections stronger and improving our channel of communication. Teachers will get an invitation to join ning.
A time of No Choice This generation of kids in our schools is the first not to have a choice about technology. Most of us grew up in a time when technology was an add on , and for many of us, we still see it as a choice, especially in education. Will Richardson
Brick and mortar x students’ technology-infused worlds
The Stages of Change http://www.flickr.com/photos/talweblog/2546207562/ 3. Self-Doubt Reality bites – bringing uncertainty, frustration, anger and depression. 7. Integration Internalization and incorporation of new attitudes and behaviors into everyday life. 6. Search for Meaning The new situation becomes real. Questioning what has happened and why? 5. Experimentation Dealing with new reality. Energy as new attitudes and behaviors are tested. 4. Acceptance Letting go of old attitudes and behaviors. 1. Shock Numbness, immobilization. Mismatch between expectation and reality. 2. Disbelief Denial/minimization of the change or event. Carries on as before. Self Esteem Time