The social work profession faces a new challenge – that of digital inclusion.
Andrea Ange's insight:
Ohler wrote an article where he asked, "Should students live two lives or one?" Duality is a growing problem for students and teachers today. This is why we need to do more work with children around their digital footprint and digital citizenship.
Blogging = "a transparency that urges us to be accountable" to our school, district, & anyone who might find our work http://t.co/tXMydSj7
Andrea Ange's insight:
Transparency, accountability, all of these things that parents want, we can do with social media. Letting people into our classrooms, doesn't mean we are giving away trade secrets in education. What it does, is convey a level of character that public education's most vocal detractors can never match. Would a politician let the whole world come into their office and show them everything they do? I don't think so. Blog your classrooms people. Show them we aren't waiting for Superman, because some of us wear our capes on the inside. ;)
Today is Digital Learning Day. Didn’t realize it? You’re not alone. Do not, however, mistake the lack of awareness about the day with a concurrent lack of enthusiasm about the role of technology in educating preK-12 students.
Andrea Ange's insight:
Yes, it could. Or another tablet device. Apple, we should talk.
"OregonLive.comSocial media at school, Lance Armstrong, House endorsements: Opinion roundupOregonLive.comInappropriate contact between students and teachers via computer-based social media is best addressed by more rigorous teacher hiring and review..." Now this is interesting. I would hope the process for teacher hiring is already rigorous!
I believe that if we don't embrace technology we are doing ourselves a disservice in education. It's like telling a student, "No you can't read a book, or learn to write, you might get ideas..." If education is the foundation of democracy and we are telling people they can't learn with something new, aren't we are missing the point of educating the public?
"Teachers Tweet and students Skype as classrooms go digitalDailyrecord.comSocial media is altering the educational landscape. Professors are using Twitter during lectures to increase student participation and receive live feedback."
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Robin Good: Must-read article on ClutterMuseum.com by Leslie M-B, exploring in depth the opportunity to have students master their selected topics by "curating" them, rather than by reading and memorizing facts about them.
"Critical and creative thinking should be prioritized over remembering content"
"That students should learn to think for themselves may seem like a no-brainer to many readers, but if you look at the textbook packages put out by publishers, you’ll find that the texts and accompanying materials (for both teachers and students) assume students are expected to read and retain content—and then be tested on it.
Instead, between middle school (if not earlier) and college graduation, students should practice—if not master—how to question, critique, research, and construct an argument like an historian."
This is indeed the critical point. Moving education from an effort to memorize things on which then to be tested, to a collaborative exercise in creating new knowledge and value by pulling and editing together individual pieces of content, resources and tools that allow the explanation/illustration of a topic from a specific viewpoint/for a specific need.
And I can't avoid to rejoice and second her next proposition: "What if we shifted the standards’ primary emphasis from content, and not to just the development of traditional skills—basic knowledge recall, document interpretation, research, and essay-writing—but to the cultivation of skills that challenge students to make unconventional connections, skills that are essential for thriving in the 21st century?"
In this crazy world where jobs change weekly, and we have to be able to learn new tasks on the fly, it is important that we teach students how to learn on their own. But we need to remember, that they also have to be able to work in collaboration with others...So while we encourage students to personalize their learning something that I advocate for, we also need to remind them that there are going to be times where they have to work in a very connected manner.
"Dropbox is giving away free space to university students! Represent your school and earn a ton of free space for everyone by joining the Great Dropbox Space Race." Dropbox is really good for storing and sharing information and work, so I think it's a must for people who are learning in a social environment.
"Friends, Romans, PLN, lend me your ears/eyes! On Saturday, Andy Marcinek and I led a discussion on the use of Social Media in the Classroom at EdCamp Boston. Andy masterfully worked the room giving..." If we really care about our students we need to be incorporating social media into teaching and learning. Nice article.
"Related articles to 21st Century Learning and Teaching as also tools... (@tomwhitby @stumpteacher @SBEducation Hi, thanks for sharing!" A gathering of articles on teaching for today's students. Nicely done!
"Most consumers prefer social media customer service (RT @mita56: Most consumers prefer social media customer service http://t.co/ueitUDav...)..." I love infographics and would really like a tool that lets me create my own, in a simple way. I don't want to be a graphic artist to have to do it.
This is what I believe. Now how do I make it happen? I believe that we are going about educating students the wrong way. I agree that we need to create a "need to know" in our students and give them the tools to find out. "This is the official YouTube Channel of the Digital Media & Learning Research Hub, a part of the University of California Humanities Research Institute."