LOVE IT HATE ITPRINT: Books, newspapers & magazinesVISUAL: Films, movies & TV showsSOUND: Radio & recorded musicDIGITAL: Social media, cell phones, Internet & videogames
LOVE HATE PRINT VISUAL SOUND DIGITAL How do your attitudes about media, technology and popular culture shape your work with children and youth?
Teachers’ knowledge, beliefs and attitudes aboutprint, visual, sound and digital media shape theirpedagogical uses of technology in the classroom.
THE PROFESSIONALYou have high standards for your students’ work, and you maybe seen as the go-to media professional in your school. Youknow how to push your students to understand and emulatethe professional conventions that is important to being takenseriously in the world of media creation. To help studentsenter the real world of media creation, you bring otherauthors, professionals, and media-makers into your classroomto enrich the learning experience.THE PROFESSORYou balance your interest in media and technology with aclear connection to your academic standards. You want to besure that media and technology are not used in the classroomfor their own sake, but to advance your lessons, goals, andlearning target. Multimedia presentations, engaging websites,and educational technology serve the purpose of helping youdeliver the core content and skills students need to master.
THE TECHIEYou’re the educator who loves tablets, apps, programs, plug-ins, widgets, websites, and other types of educationaltechnology because you have a passionate curiosity aboutnew tools. You see much potential to engage students withthe technology tools they love and use in their everyday lives.THE TRENDSETTERYou’re tuned into pop culture and curious about kid culture.Maybe your own most-loved popular culture isn’t too farremoved from that of your students. You are inquisitive aboutthe trends and hot topics that make up a crucial componentof the fabric of your students’ everyday lives. You want schoolculture to meet kids where they live with the popular culturethey know and love.
THE DEMYSTIFIER As a teacher, you “pull back the curtain” to help students seehow various forms of information and knowledge areconstructed. You emphasize the practice of critical thinking,helping students ask good “how” and “why” questions.THE ACTIVISTAs an educator, you want to make society more just andequitable by promoting democratic participation. You usemedia in the classroom as a catalyst for students tounderstand how they might have a voice in improving thequality of life in their communities and in the world.
THE TASTEMAKERYou want to broaden your students’ horizons. You want themto have exposure to the kinds of media experiences that putthem in touch with historical, aesthetic, and criticalappreciation. You know that a key component of students’future interactions will require them to draw from a variety ofcultural sources both classical and popular.THE ALTYou are an inventive, perhaps “DIY,” teacher. You’re alwaysready to challenge students with alternative ways of finding,using, thinking about, and making media in the classroom.Whether you use open source programs on school computers,encourage students to start alternative clubs or magazines, orintroduce students to media that’s “off the beaten path” ofmainstream and mass media, you are likely a key proponentof broadening students’ understanding of the many differentways that people can communicate in the world.
THE MOTIVATORYou are an inspiration, a catalyst for your students’ creativeenergy. Students who have never felt comfortable speakingup in class, participating in activities, or contributing to classdialogue find it easier to speak their mind when you’releading the classroom. You see your role as helping studentsbe the best they can be.THE SPIRIT GUIDEYou are a listener. You have a dedication to the social andemotional well-being of your students, and want to make surethat everything you do in the classroom connects to theirimmediate needs to understand themselves and their lives.Students likely find you trustworthy, and may even confide inyou in ways that they do not for other teachers. You knowmedia is just one facet of student life, and you want to engagewith it to help them through the highs and lows of life in all ofits challenges and opportunities.
THE TEACHER 2.0You understand that participation in digital media andlearning cultures requires flexibility to new formats, modes ofexpression, and participation in and out of school. You useonline or interactive versions of classic literature to exploremeaning behind texts. Teacher 2.0 teachers always trying newthings in the classroom and finding new ways to connectlearning to children’s culture.THE WATCHDOGYou are a natural critical thinker, aware of how economicsystems and institutions influence our everyday lives,particularly through the media we use. You want yourstudents and your peers to be more mindful of the ways thatthings are bought and sold. Who owns and controls the mediacontent that we see, hear, read, and play with? You feelresponsible for giving your students a “wake-up call” aboutthe economic and institutional inner-workings of thetechnology and the world that surrounds them.
How do teacher motivations shape the choices they make in instructional practices that support student learning?
Understanding teacher motivations can helpschool librarians better collaborate withteachers to support student learning
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