Reaching and Teaching the Digital Learner

MY THOUGHTS IN ALL CAPS

MARZANO’S SESSION WAS FULL SO THIS WAS MY BACKUP FOR THIS TIME SLOT…MORE TECHNOLOGY THAN I REALLY WANTED TO TACKLE, BUT IT’S BETTER THAN NOTHING 🙂

Presenter: Dedra Stafford

Session Description: Learn how educators across the globe are using podcasting, blogging, wikis, and other Web 2.0 tools to teach students of today (our digital natives). Many educators have found that students that create content for real audiences are motivated to create better content. Why not tap into this “My Space” generation’s interests and skills? They will not only walk out of your classroom knowing the facts of your topic, but they will do so in a way that engages them.

1st thing that makes a good session is: Candy

2nd is finishing slightly early to get to the next session

3rd is Door Prizes

I LIKE WHERE THIS IS GOING 🙂

Checks first to see what level of Tech comfort teachers have: 1 to 10 rating. 1: Use computer because someone makes me…10 I could run this session…many people say they’re 9s and 10s, only a couple of under 4s…GOOD SIGN!!

Three things teachers look for:

  • Is it Free?
  • Is it Easy?
  • Will it take a lot of time?

Goals:

  1. Understand tech is part of world
  2. We’re preparing them for world they will live in
  3. Know that everyone starts somewhere, but everyone has to start
  4. Have a little fun!

Must start from a classroom management and relationship standpoint first…then tech can really happen.

Digital Native vs. Digital Immigrant discussion…NOPE, STILL NOT GOING TO BUY IT…YES THERE IS A DIFFERENCE, YES WE HAVE TO TEACH DIFFERENTLY, HOWEVER THEY ARE STILL NOT PROFICIENT WITH THE “IDEA” OF TECH…MAYBE WITH A FEW OF THE TOOLS THAT THEY USE FOR THEIR PARTICULAR PURPOSES, BUT THEY STILL DON’T UNDERSTAND WHY AND WHEN TO SHOW THEIR KNOWLEDGE WITH TECH.

Kids do have to use tools/technology to be able to get jobs in our digital world…despite whether or not they have them in their homes.

NOW DISCUSSING DIFFERENCE IN WEB 1.0 AND 2.0…ARGH ARGH ARGH…*DEEP BREATH*

Again, our job is to teach them, and we have to use their tools to teach them.

Simple Sites

Xtranormal is great for teaching punctuation, sentences don’t sound like conversation unless proper punctuation in included.

Discussing allowing students to evaluate others work via comments on a VoiceThread.

Offline alternatives to VoiceThread: Photostory…NOT A BAD SESSION, PROBABLY NOT MOVING A LOT OF FOLKS FORWARD, BUT I DO SEE MANY FOLKS JOTTING DOWN NOTES

Mentioning Zamzar for converting and saving in other file formats.

KickYouTube being discussed

Working toward an environment that moves away from the way we’ve been taught and toward the way our students learn.

Audacity being discussed as a PC source for podcast recording. Mentions Dan Schmidt: Kidcasting…Dedra Stafford made a foldable 🙂

Ning = a Wiki…WHAT?? NOT SO MUCH…SOMEONE DOESN’T SOUND FAMILIAR WITH THE TOOLS

Wiki means What I Know Is…UM, I’M THINKING THIS IS A BACKRONYM, NOT AN ACRONYM…SOUNDS GOOD, BUT STILL NOT BUYING IT…

DECENT SESSION…GOOD FOR NEW FOLKS…BUT NOT QUITE AS ACCURATE AS I WOULD HAVE LIKED TO HAVE SEEN FOR AN INTRO…SHE DID SAY THIS IS A DAY LONG COURSE CRAMMED INTO AN HOUR AND A HALF…BUT IT STILL DIDN’T QUITE HIT ME…AGAIN THE LACK OF AVAILABLE COMPUTERS WAS A PROBLEM.  GLAD I’LL HAVE THEM FOR MY SESSION ON SATURDAY.

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