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The Student Perspective on Technology in the Classroom (12/09/2011)

The Student Perspective on Technology in the Classroom (12/09/2011) | How Are Technology and Social Networking Changing our Students? | Scoop.it
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In the spirit of multimedia and differentiation, here is a voice recording of a panel of college students from different disciplines talking about how they feel about technology in the classroom and what their professors are doing well and could improve on when it comes to integrating technology into lessons.  Although the information is from the perspective of college students, it is not to say that similar opinions cannot be found among lower levels.

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Ybarra & Green- Using Technology to Help ESL/EFL Students Develop Language Skills (TESL/TEFL)

Discusses a variety
of research illustrating how teachers can help English language learners
develop their language skills through the use of technology.
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Computer Assisted Instruction (CAI) has been proven to help students struggling with a language sharpen their verbal interaction, vocabulary, reading, and writing skills.  The article quotes several studies which have experimented to see how CAI is impacting students who are learning English as an additional language.  Those studies have proven that technology can have a positive role in students' academic lives and can help native speakers as well who may need additional support.

 

One of the examples from a study involved using books on the computer as a way to sharpen verbal and reading skills.  Students have the ability to read books online and listen to a voice read the text to them at the same time.  Students watch as each word is highlighted and can have words that they are unfamiliar with repeated.  Students are encouraged to say words out loud to work on their pronunciation.

 

There are several other examples that do not require a lot of extra effort on the teacher's part but can have wide reaching results.

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Is facebook damaging your brain

Is facebook damaging your brain | How Are Technology and Social Networking Changing our Students? | Scoop.it
A leading neuroscientist warns of negative changes to the 21st century mind as a result of using social networking sites like Facebook.
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Susan Greenfield, UK neuroscientist claims that social networking sites such as Facebook are damaging the brain and social abilities of young adults causing: 

Shorter attention span

Craves instant sensation

Damages ability to empathize

Corrupted/Naive definition of 'friendship'

 

Greenfield makes a correlation between the increase in identifying cases of ADHD and Autism to the negative effects of Facebook, video games, and any other technology that encourages individualism or people being alone under the guise of community.

 

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Technology Is Not a Silver Bullet

Technology Is Not a Silver Bullet | How Are Technology and Social Networking Changing our Students? | Scoop.it
Technology can enhance student learning, but not when implemented in a vacuum. Technology alone will not accomplish the broader objectives needed to prepare students for today's world.
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It has been my experience that teachers, admins, parents, and anyone else who feels they are a stockholder in the education of a boy or girl all believe that technology is the key to success and helping students excel and put the U.S. back on a respectable rung of the math & science ladder.  Lydia Dobyns makes a good point - "technology alone will not...prepare students for today's world."

When looking at how schools plan on improving themselves, 'increase technology availability' can usually be found somewhere in the strategy.  How will schools do that?  Grant money.  Acquiring technology for the sake of and because it is at no cost for the school is not enough.  Technology cannot have a negative or positive impact on students period if there are not concrete plans in place for using it.

 

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Social Media in Education - Part I

Social Media in Education provides a great learning and collaboration channel. Rich content combined with creative educators make for some amazing, engaging ...
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Video on encouraging social media in the classroom with Karl Meinhardt, who has had 20 years has a technology professional and the CIO and founder of several start-up businesses.  Here we have a businessman urging teachers to get on board with using social media for their students and overcome DSL (Digital as a Second Language).

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Your Students Love Social Media ... and So Can You | Teaching Tolerance

Your Students Love Social Media ... and So Can You | Teaching Tolerance | How Are Technology and Social Networking Changing our Students? | Scoop.it
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While this article was nice - it was very much a repeat of information that I have already posted.  So why am I including it anyway?  One of the headings caught my idea and brought up a somewhat "new" point.  Some researchers are finding that educators are using social media to 'tweet away anxiety.'  It would seem that students feel less pressure when they are answering questions via Twitter, even if their answer ends up wrong. 

Another example of social media having a positive influence is when students became activists and took it upon themselves to get rid of a negative page on Facebook that was deriding the school.  After that, students set to building up the community by asking people to finish the sentence, “You know you got to ___ when…” by posting silly upbeat comments.  There is typically a desire at most schools to turn students into activists who see beyond their own lives and try to work on improving situations outside of them.  Social media could very well be a step in setting students on the right course toward that.

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The Ultimate Guide to The Use of Facebook in Education

The Ultimate Guide to The Use of Facebook in Education | How Are Technology and Social Networking Changing our Students? | Scoop.it
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While this article does not necessarily lend itself into how social media impacts students' dispositions or academic ability in the classroom, the article does offer a lot of information and tips on using Facebook in an education setting.  If your mind has been swayed that social media is the way, then this article specifically addresses social networking’s role in pedagogy and a quick must-read!

 

Here is the outline of the main ideas developed below:

1- Advantages of Facebook in Education
2- Facebook Tips for Teachers
3- Ways Teachers Can Use Facebook
4- Educational Facebook applications for Students and Teachers
5- Facebook Groups for Teachers and Educators to join
5- Facebook Privacy Issues and how to Work on Them

 

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Digital Media And Social Networking In The Teen World - Technology News - redOrbit

Digital Media And Social Networking In The Teen World - Technology News - redOrbit | How Are Technology and Social Networking Changing our Students? | Scoop.it

Experts have looked into whether the digital age is altering a teenager's social development, and reported their findings in the Journal of Adolescence.

 

Study that found that while technology and social media such as texting and Facebook create a deep sense of belonging and ability to share problems, it raises the concern that students may be becoming too inter-dependent and not autonomous enough.  

 

What this could mean in the classroom is having students are great with learning how to collaborate, do group work, and peer-edit.  It may cause academic and classroom management problems when it comes to individual work and students are not sure how to regulate themselves and not be drawn into the need to converse with others.

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Social Media In The Classroom: Friend or Foe?

Social Media In The Classroom: Friend or Foe? | How Are Technology and Social Networking Changing our Students? | Scoop.it

This article from the Huffington Post seems to really advocate for the use of social networking in the classroom. The author cites one study that claimed that the use of Twitter in the classroom increased engagement. One 7th grade teacher claimed that using a social media program in her lessons improved grades by more than 50% and decreased chronic absenteeism by a third. There are also a lot of useful links in the article that support and/or supplement the author's argument. Despite the title, the article glossed over any negative impacts of using social networking.

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What is Social Media? In Simple English

For the visual learners out there, this video offers a quick visual definition of social media that is easy to grasp and work off of.  Social media is important to understand because it is a huge factor is our students' lives outside of the classroom and, in some places, inside the school as many teachers are beginning to incorporate some form of social media into lessons.

 

What is Social Media in Simple English - Created by Rapid Learning Life. 

 

 

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Effects of Technology on Classrooms and Students

The perceived effects of reform-based technology use on students and classroom practices are discussed.
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This article claims that technology has had several positive impacts on students in the classroom including:

 

-More collaboration with peers ("Students who have mastered specific computer skills generally derive pride and enjoyment from helping others.")

-More attention to audience (multimedia giving students the ability to spend more time on design and audience presentation issues)

-Increased sense of self worth ("Students clearly take pride in being able to use the same computer-based tools employed by professionals.")

-Problem solving skills (students make choice about what type of technology to use and how to generate, or display information)

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How the iPad Can Transform Classroom Learning

How the iPad Can Transform Classroom Learning | How Are Technology and Social Networking Changing our Students? | Scoop.it
Ben Johnson served as an administrator in large and small schools, and at a charter school. He was the assistant superintendent of the Natalia Independent School District where he helped bring a
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For those who are skeptical of the iPad movement into the classroom and unsure of the good that it can do, this blog certainly gives some convincing examples of iPad's positive role in the classroom.

 

Mr. Johnson quotes the Common Core Mathematic Standards when he says students are required to think critically and problem solve and that, according to Mr. Johnson, iPads offer students the ability to do just that and beyond, it is a "tool to think with."  iPads offer students several ways to solve the same problem and become independent learners.

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New Teacher Survival Guide: Technology in the Classroom

New Teacher Survival Guide: Technology in the Classroom | How Are Technology and Social Networking Changing our Students? | Scoop.it
Today's students love using technology in the classroom. Watch how one new teacher incorporates a variety of technology to help kids understands lesson concepts. New teacher tools.
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Video is 16 minutes long but extremely helpful.  Viewer is able to see how a 1st year social studies teacher uses technology to take lesson to the next level.  In the video, there are a lot of tips that teachers can keep in mind while developing lesson (such as not starting with what tool on the internet students will use but having lesson, objective, and pedagogy in place first) as well as several online tools that teachers may not have known about before.  When technology is used as a way to improve a lesson instead of the actual lesson, the positive impact on students is much higher.  

 

Bonus: On the right hand side of the video are questions you can ask yourself and answer to make sure that you are taking away what you need to from the video.

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Is Technology Producing A Decline In Critical Thinking And Analysis?

Is Technology Producing A Decline In Critical Thinking And Analysis? | How Are Technology and Social Networking Changing our Students? | Scoop.it
As technology has played a bigger role in our lives, our skills in critical thinking and analysis have declined, while our visual skills have improved, according to psychological research.
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Patricia Greenfield, UCLA professor and author of study, claims that technology has lead to a decline in critical thinking because it has begun to replace adolescents' reading for pleasure, which has been proven to enhance think and engage the imagination.  Although students are only getting better with how they process information using visual aids, a few downfalls to real-time media is that it does not allow time for reflection, analysis, or imagination the same way older material did.

 

In terms of literacy - students abilities are shifting and they are more adept at visual literacy than print.

 

Students who receive too much technology do not retain the necessary information they should regardless of how it effects multi-tasking skills.  As Greenfield said, "If you're a pilot, you need to be able to monitor multiple instruments at the same time. If you're a cab driver, you need to pay attention to multiple events at the same time.  If you are doing a task that requires deep and sustained thought, multi-tasking is detrimental."

 

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Internet Safety Tips for Middle School Kids | Common Sense Media

Internet Safety Tips for Middle School Kids | Common Sense Media | How Are Technology and Social Networking Changing our Students? | Scoop.it
Advice from Common Sense Media editors. Help your middle-schooler behave responsibly online with the latest advice on safety, privacy, and self-regulation.
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Just because people say knowledge is common sense does not mean that everyone knows it.  Sometimes it is best to just go ahead and spread the word anyway.  Here are some quick tips to share with middle school students should parents and educators welcome social media into the lives of these students.  These are great tips not just for kids using social media but for kids who are using the internet at all (and we know that they are).

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Teens, kindness and cruelty on social network sites | Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project

Teens, kindness and cruelty on social network sites | Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project | How Are Technology and Social Networking Changing our Students? | Scoop.it
How American teens navigate the new world of "digital citizenship"
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According to a report published by PewInternet.org on Nov 9, 2011, 95% of all teens ages 12-17 are online and 80% of those online teens use social media sites.  That is a huge percentage.  In looking at how social media may be altering or creating new behaviors for students, cyber-bullying comes up repeatedly.  This report is worth looking at, especially parts 2 & 4 which talk about what teens experience and the role of parents respectively.  Something that I found interesting after listening to peers talk about surveys they have done on bullying/cyber bullying is that the reporters found that they were able to get more concrete responses when they took out bullying and used a word teenagers are more likely to connect to: drama.

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Students and Parents Debrief on Their First Social Media Summer Program

Students and Parents Debrief on Their First Social Media Summer Program | How Are Technology and Social Networking Changing our Students? | Scoop.it
Back in May, our team at Knapp Elementary was busy planning our annual summer reading program. Some of us had just participated in a parent-teacher chat via Twitter on maximizing opportunities to kee
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Principal and Teachers at Knapp Elementary launched a summer Edmodo program which is similar to Facebook but without the13 years of age minimum requirement.  This blog post by the Principal raves about the success that teachers, students, and parents experienced with the initial run.  

The principal noted that the students enjoyed socializing in a low-stress environment and that there were over 1,000 posts, and not a single one that needed to be deleted for inappropriate content.

Naturally, students found that it was a great means to socialize with friends but also found the assignments useful because they refreshed their memory and was a fun, educational experience.  It also gave students some control over their learning because they could go on the website and look up weekly assignments.

 

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Social networking in the classroom

Social networking in the classroom | How Are Technology and Social Networking Changing our Students? | Scoop.it
This video explains what social networking sites are, the impact they have on students, and how they can be used in the classroom.

 

This is a great video about SNS that heavily emphasizes what it means for the classroom.  I found it to be an easy definition with a practical approach to the challenges and benefits of SNS use in the classroom and how to incorporate them into the classroom.  

This reminded me of a flip lesson because it could be used to base further, deeper conversation off of.

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From Conversation to Connection

From Conversation to Connection | How Are Technology and Social Networking Changing our Students? | Scoop.it

We use technology to keep one another at distances we can control: not too close, not too far, just right: the Goldilocks effect.

Sherry Turkle explains that the ability to converse with humans face to face has increasingly diminished as technology has taken a primary role in people's everyday lives. There is a trend that instead of seeking knowledge, comfort, and emotion from each other in person, people would rather connect online to social networking sites or rely on artificial intelligence like Apple's Siri. This creates a feeling of being "alone together." Regardless of how social people are with all their friends or followers online, people simultaneously feel isolated due to how engrossed they are with technology and how easy it is to hide alone behind a desk or cell phone.
This is certainly an interesting thought that makes practical sense. I have seen how dependant students are on social networking even when they are face-to-face. It is hard for students to have conversations and not bring up what they saw on Instagram or who said what on Facebook.

 

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