Once again – lots of technology and very little has changed in the classrooms:
“In high school science classrooms, the use of technology evidently has not advanced much past the 1980s. According to the report, 73 percent of students who took the 12th-grade National Assessment science exam said they regularly watched a movie or video in class.”
We need to change the way we teach if we’re going to engage students and prepare them adequately to be successful in the 21st century world. The results of a recent study from the NY times. Study Gauges Value of Technology in Schools
Every era demands–and rewards–different skills.In different times and different places, we have taught our children to grow vegetables, build a house, forge a sword or blow a delicate glass, bake bread, create a soufflé, write a story or shoot hoops.Now we are teaching them to code
via Teaching Kids to Code (EdSurge Guides).
But we also need to teach them what to do with the ability to code. They can create new tools, new ways of presenting and sharing information. They can learn new ways to understand and manipulate data. The world our students are navigating is technology rich, so let’s give them the tools to participate fully.
There’s a new Marshmallow Test for students – can they delay gratification in the form of digital engagement in order to better focus on school work?
Two years ago, Rosen and his colleagues conducted an information-age version of the marshmallow test. College students who participated in the study were asked to watch a 30-minute videotaped lecture, during which some were sent eight text messages while others were sent four or zero text messages. Those who were interrupted more often scored worse on a test of the lecture’s content; more interestingly, those who responded to the experimenters’ texts right away scored significantly worse than those participants who waited to reply until the lecture was over.
This ability to resist the lure of technology can be consciously cultivated, Rosen maintains. He advises students to take “tech breaks” to satisfy their cravings for electronic communication: After they’ve labored on their schoolwork uninterrupted for 15 minutes, they can allow themselves two minutes to text, check websites, and post to their hearts’ content. Then the devices get turned off for another 15 minutes of academics.
How Does Multitasking Change the Way Kids Learn? | MindShift.
One overriding challenge is now coming to the fore in public consciousness: We need to reinvent just about everything. Whether scientific advances, technology breakthroughs, new political and economic structures, environmental solutions, or an updated code of ethics for 21st century life, everything is in flux—and everything demands innovative, out of the box thinking.
We have few constraints in Independent Schools and opportunities to continually reinvent our curriculum tailored to individual classes. Our students need to be equipped with the tools to successfully navigate this newly invented world. See what may work in your classrooms:
10 Ways to Teach Innovation | MindShift.
I’m sharing a post from a NAIS Teachers of the Future blog: an independent school math teacher from Maryland talks frankly about the value of Twitter above all other means of staying connected and current in her profession. Follow her on Twitter or add this blog to your Feedly content.
Twitter is a powerful backchannel at conferences, to share and keep track of ideas and resources from sessions. Additionally, when searching through what people had tweeted for the day, I was able to learn about what went on in the sessions that I could not attend (since multiple ones were going on simultaneously). The twitter feed from the day was also a way for me to keep connected with people that I met, for me to learn more about what they are currently doing, and to keep up to date with their projects in the future……When I started using twitter, I just lurked at first. After a couple months of that, I just began retweeting. It really took me several months to feel comfortable sending out my own tweets. I’m on the shy side, and putting myself out there like that was just scary at first. But once I started to really see the power of twitter and what an amazing community I could become a part of, the excitement of it all way overpowered any fears, and now I don’t know what I would do without my twitter buddies. So I’d like to propose the following: let’s just start by creating a hashtag – #NAISToF(capitalization doesn’t matter). Those of us using twitter already can get things started by tweeting to that hashtag (or adding the hashtag to a RT). If our goal could just be for each of us to contribute 5 things to that hashtag, that would give us a great place to start. I’ll be responsible for sharing that out with the group for now so that even people who don’t yet have a twitter account can follow. I really hope that this post sparks some conversation.
PS – For those of you new to twitter, who would like a place to start, you can also just take a glimpse through my daily reads list. I would recommend following these #edchat Super Stars
““internet literacy”…… was mentioned by many people. The concept generally refers to the ability to search effectively for information online and to be able to discern the quality and veracity of the information one finds and then communicate these findings well.”
Pew Report 2012
Internet literacy is the new information literacy skill set, taught by every school librarian in 2013.