Monday, September 8, 2008

Article assessment I

Renee Moseng
Sept. 8, 2008

Article Assessment I
Listen to the Natives

"Times have changes", declares Prensky in his article explaining the differences between the current day student and those of the past. Those who were not born into the digital world are referred to as digital immigrants. Because there is a memory of a non-digital world, these types of people are not able to move comfortably through the digital world. This leaves them in a cycle of playing catch up with newer technology.

Prensky refers to those born into the digital world as digital natives. This generation, being comfortable with technology, are able to navigate through the technical world, with little instruction. They are able to teach themselves through trial and error. They don't waist their time reading how-to books, they are engaged.

This difference in knowledge between teachers and students should lead us to demanding more teachers with empathy and guidance abilities than exclusively with subject knowledge. This would allow for many encouraging changes in the classrooms of today, and make school a more integrated part of the current day student's life.

Interesting Ideas:

  • Shifting gears- We as educators need to be willing to leave our comfort zones and enter into the 21st century. This would mean including students in designing instruction, and encouraging students to make good decisions.
  • Student Engagement- If we create classrooms that include the digital technologies that students spend time with at home, students will be more motivated in their classrooms.
  • Collaborating with Students- Students who are fluent in the language of technology can become a great resource for teachers, and can be useful to the creation of curriculum that includes digital technology.
  • Flexible Organization- The current way of grouping kids into learning groups is refered to as herding, a student's involuntary assignment to specific classes or groups.
Two strategies are suggested hereto avoid this. One being one-to-one personalized instruction. This is nearly impossible in the current day classrooms due to the ratio of students to teachers. The second strategy is self-selected learning groups. This could be within the classroom, or even include students from other classes in the nation or other countries.
  • Digital Tools- Tools that are traditionally thought of a taboo in the classroom could be used in a useful way. One for example is the cell phone. With the use of the camera/video abilities of today's cell phones, students could post assignment, and create narratives.
  • Programming- This can be used in the form of downloading, doing Google searches, of handing in homework via Flash programs.

1 comment:

Ann Marie Stone said...

Hi, Renee! I enjoyed reading your assessment. You provided an excellent overview in the beginning. I really like how you visually differentiated your text by not only changing the colour but changing the size as well. The text is appealing and the colours are well coordinated to match the rest of your blogfolio. A few neurotic English teacher corrections: "times have changed" and eliminate the term "continually" in the sentence that refers to a cycle because a cycle implies continuity and simply say "demands" rather than using leads us to demanding. Did Jason want us to have three sections in assessments? I use "overview," "reference points," and "reflection." Your assessment is organized in this manner regardless. I had completely forgotten about the term "herding' until I read your assessment. Your bullet points pull the most important information out of the text and you provided personal thoughts about how technology could be used in a classroom. I would be interested in how technology could be used specifically in your classroom. (ie. Can you envision a way for seventh graders to use cell phones in math?)