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Teacher: Beware the 'Digital Native' Stereotype

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Technology teacher Mary Beth Hertz writes on Edutopia that teachers need to beware of the "dangerous" stereotype that all students these days are "digital natives."
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This blog explores the misconception that all new generations are "digital natives," meaning that they are proficient at using technology.  An article written in Edutopia (http://www.edutopia.org/blog/digital-native-digitial-citizen-stereotype-mary-beth-hertz) discusses why this stereotype is a myth.  

Just because students know how to use an electronic device, such as an ipad, it does not mean that they are able to use it to "create, read critically, use online content responsibly,"as the blog post puts it.  There was a study done in Ethiopia by a nonprofit organization called One Laptop Per Child.  They gave children andriod tablets to enable them to learn English without the help of an adult.  The study found that they were in fact able to learn how to use the device, learn the language through apps, and even override some of the functions on the device.  But, this does not mean that they can critically read and think.  What the aritlce is trying to convey is that there are multiple levels of knowing how to use technology.  

What the author, Hertz, is also trying to convey is that teachers should not assume that students know how to use technology in an educationally responsible manner.  I think that is one of the inherit flaws of this technological age, the fact that there is too much information out there, and that students more likely than not, do not know how to distinguish a credible source from a noncredible source.  I think moving forward, students need to be taught these type of skills in order to be successful using the world wide web.

I notice that middle school students often rely on search engines like Google to look up information.  During my last observation at the middle school, the teacher said he was going to create an in-class debate the following week.  One students said, "I am going to win; I am going to look up all the facts on Google."  I wonder if this student properly knows what is considered a credible source.  Growing up, computers were sparse, so we learned mostly from textbooks.  I was taught the difference between primary and secondary sources.  Now that our technological age has changed our classroom dynamics, I wonder if the fundamentals of learning have evolved to meet the needs of the new generations.  If eductors do not react quickly to changing trends, they may be creating generations that are deviod of some very basic fundamentals.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Schoology or Edmodo? Choosing the Best LMS for your iPad Classroom

Schoology or Edmodo? Choosing the Best LMS for your iPad Classroom | Technology in the classroom: Pros & Cons | Scoop.it
Working in a 1:1 iPad classroom, I needed an LMS that would solve my workflow problems once and for all. Here is how I chose: Schoology or Edmodo?

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Exploring the different programs/apps to use on ipads in order to facilitate the learning process in the classroom.

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A Powerful Set Of Classroom iPad Rules For Teachers - Edudemic

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As a connected educator, you need to come up with a set of guidelines, classroom iPad rules, as well as a way to manage all your new devices.


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Important rules and guidelines to follow if using ipads in the classroom.  

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The pros and cons of including technology in the classroom - Online Cultus

The pros and cons of including technology in the classroom - Online Cultus | Technology in the classroom: Pros & Cons | Scoop.it
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 Although there are several "pros" to using cutting-edge technology in the classroom, this should not go without a heavy dose of criticism.  Let us explore some of the downsides to using electronic sources as a means of educating.  

The accessibility of infomation has increased.  With a click of a button, information can be gathered within seconds.  No longer do you have to spend minutes at the library searching for articles or books.  The problem with this is finding and using legitimate sources.  There is a siginificant difference between primary and secondary sources.  As I am writing this curration here, it is already a secondary or even tertiarty source.  Think of it as a game of telephone, the further you are from the original source, the further you will be from the truth because of distortions of information along the way.  

There are more tools available at our disposal.  This means having multiple apps available on a tablet, for example, to help teach a lesson plan.  The problem with this is that it too may create distractions amoung students, tempting them to engage in social networking or play video games during learning time.  I find this to be highly problematic.  The middle school that I intern at has implemented school-wide use of ipads.  This means that every students will carry and use an ipad for every subject (except gym, of course).  I observed the interaction between students and ipads in two different classrooms.  One classroom is student-centered, the other is teacher-centered.  In both classrooms, I often see students not using the appropriate app for the classroom activity.  Instead, I see them on youtube watching music videos or playing Mature-Rated games such as Grand Theft Auto.  Although both classrooms have this phenomenon, it is substantially more severe in the student-centered class because students are given more liberty, or trust, if you will.  I do not know how these students will learn anything with this huge distraction on our hands.  I propose to create a program that dissables all other apps on the ipads so that only a selected, pre-approved apps are accessible to students.  

My perspective on techonology in the classroom is that it should be used sparingly. It should be used maybe once or twice a week in order to complete certain tasks, such as creating powerpoint presentations and such.  It should not be a daily tool for students, especially with younger students, because they are not mature enough to handle the responsibility of handling such a device.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Effective Learning: Rigor, Engagement, Student-Centered Task

Effective Learning: Rigor, Engagement, Student-Centered Task | Technology in the classroom: Pros & Cons | Scoop.it
critical and creative thinking; · a student-centered task, that is clearly aligned with the objectives and a matching assessment that looks for evidence of learning from the task;; communication of learning;; collaboration (this ...

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Creating student-centered tasks in the classroom allows for critical and creative thinking from students which can empower them and allow them to learn on their own.  In this deeper-type of learning, students can connect the material they already know with their own ideas.  Essentially, it helps studets learn how to think on a more independant type of level.

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Creating student-centered tasks in the classroom allows for critical and creative thinking from students which can empower them and allow them to learn on their own. In this deeper-type of learning, students can connect the material they already know with their own ideas. Essentially, it helps studets learn how to think on a more independant type of level.

Ashli Meginnis's comment, December 8, 2013 1:47 PM
I liked this article. I too, agree that it is important for students to learn and discover things on their own. It allows for better memory of the subject material. It also makes them more independent.