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Kids are Addicted to Technology

17 Jul

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I found this recently and I believe it is about the best summary of teenagers and use of devices I have ever read. So I share.

The idea kids are addicted to technology. Yes, it is true that nearly a quarter of teens go online “almost constantly,” according to the latest research from the Pew Research Center. But it’s not the technology that teens are addicted to — it’s their friends. Their use of technology, especially mobile phones, allows them to easily connect with peers and receive validation for who they are and who they are trying to become, which is developmentally and socially normative behavior.

What are your thoughts?

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Trend Two: Digital Fluency

14 Mar

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Fluency” is broader than “literacy.” Being ‘digitally literate’ means acquiring the skills to make and create meaning, and select technologies to do so. … Digital fluency can also be considered as part of a broader set of competencies related to ’21st century’ learning.

Becoming digitally fluent is for people to be able to act as successful citizens in whatever contexts they choose for themselves. The recent report – Students, Computers and Learning: Making the Connection (OECD, 2015) – highlights the importance of bridging the digital divide, not leaving the development of digital fluency to chance.

Digital tools are transforming essential elements of the education space. Understanding how they are impacting teaching and learning and consideration of which tools are useful and how to best implement them is even more vital.

For Digital Fluency to truly flourish the following needs to grow.

Increased collaboration: Just as social media has given rise to new definitions of community, digital tools are transforming community and the give-and-take between students and teachers. Platforms for web-based discussion threads and creation of course or class wikis alter the types of student involvements in project-based and writing-specific assignments. A piece of student writing can become a diverse and substantive document when it is the basis for a step-by-step exchange of ideas and questions between teacher, peers, authors, and mentors. When digital tools are integrated in a pedagogically sound fashion they also promote and enhance other essential skills sets such as communication, creativity, critical thinking, problem solving, digital literacy, entrepreneurship, global awareness, and digital responsibility/citizenship.

Innovate assessment: NZQA with a emphasis on NCEA has seem room for innovation, I question whether there should be more room for innovation in the primary area as primary teachers are hamstrung by National Standards.  As formats and contexts for assignments evolve, the methods of assessment have had to keep pace. The openness of the online environment and the integration of such things as game attributes, shape all kinds of assessment, especially formative assessment, which measures learning progress (not only endpoints in learning).

Enhanced Student Agency: The type of activities that stimulate real involvement “give pupils something to do, not something to learn; and the doing is of such a nature as to demand thinking, or the intentional noting of connections; learning naturally results”.  The process of choice increases engagement, authenticity, and ultimately more value in the learning process. Unleash the power of digital tools and empower students to take ownership of their learning.

Lots to think about then.

 

 

Digital Natives

30 Oct

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“Our students, who are empowered in so many ways outside their schools today, have no meaningful voice at all in their own education. Their parents’ voices, which up until now have been their proxies, are no longer any more closely aligned with students’ real education needs than their teachers’ voices are. In the 21st century, this lack of any voice on the part of the customer will soon be unacceptable. As we educators stick our heads up and get the lay of the 21st century land, we would be wise to remember this: If we don’t stop and listen to the kids we serve, value their opinions, and make major changes on the basis of the valid suggestions they offer, we will be left in the 21st century with school buildings to administer – but with students who are physically or mentally somewhere else.” (Marc Perensky, ASCD, 2006)

Students can blog also

5 Feb

My classes are currently setting up their user accounts and learning how to using the blended learning environment. It is wonderful how students set their own rules and have a knack for giving things a go. I still do not believe they are digital natives.

I do find it great when students tell, me they love to blog and students from they enjoy being virtual students. It is nice to know that we have the ability that our kids can always stay connected with their friends and teachers and still learn along with us, although they might be in other classes.

Ahhh…Technology my old friend

3 May

In 2003, William Gibson was quoted in The Economist stating ‘the future is already here’.  That was eight years ago and look how far technology has brought us.

Towards the end of last year, I read an article about Apple’s plan to allow television to be delivered over the internet in such a way that we may all have one in our living rooms very soon.

There’s no doubt that Apple will develop something that will revolutionise the way we traditionally understand the ‘television set’ – just as they transformed the way we use our mobile phones (through iPhones), tablet computers (through iPads) and music (through iTunes).  This signals the end of the ‘television set’ as we have come to know and love it.

For those digital refugees out there, I’ve been reflecting on the things that we have grown up with but are becoming passe and why:

  1. Letterboxes (people relying on email/text/twitter)
  2. Fixed phone lines (everybody has a mobile phone)
  3. Retirement (people are continuing to work with computers/laptops blurring the line between work and leisure time, and not needing to be in the ‘office’ to be working)
  4. Login (turning phone on and all the information is there)
  5. Car keys (sensor locks)
  6. Wallets (credit card details can be on the iphone, as well as virtual cash)
  7. Television sets (replaced by ipad/iphone/computers/ Internet television ITV)
  8. Job certainty (globalisation)
  9. Diaries (iphones)
  10. Cash (ATM’s, credit cards)
  11. DVD, CD’s (replaced by ipads/laptops/computers/ITV)
  12. Bricks and mortar schools (replaced by e-learning, distance education)
  13. Retail shops (replaced by online shopping)
  14. Post Office (virtual communications)

The world students are growing up in is very different to the world we experienced. I think our students less digital natives and more digital refugee.  I think it’s important to reflect on this and how ubiquitous technology is in their lives yet they are yet to grasp the full power of it.

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