Monday, January 22, 2018

EME2040 Blog Post #2

This week, I began reading in our textbook (Teaching and Learning With Technology) and must write a response to our blog post prompts.

A) I would say teachers are influenced to use technology because a) it streamlines everything into easier platforms and b) it's what students are used to using. Teachers have the ability to use technology for everything from administrative tasks and lesson planning to actually implementing the lessons and interacting with students. Students are influenced to use technology because it's what they are used to using in their "off" time. When not in school, many students can be found playing games and communicating with friends through their cell phones and/or iPads and/or computers. It's practically a given. Because of this, students are more drawn to lessons and activities that involve technology. According to the text, teachers use technology for admin tasks, presenting lessons, prepping lessons, communicating, and teaching. Students use technology for participating in lessons, communicating, and learning.

B) ISTE Standards - So, one standard that is meaningful to me is:

Foster a culture where students take ownership of their learning goals and outcomes in both independent and group settings.
This standard essentially says that educators can use technology to create an atmosphere where students will take ownership of their learning, whether in a group or on their own. I like this one because I feel it's very true! I've personally seen it in my homeschooled kids and in the kids I tutor in person. Through the use of technology, students are able to take something they're familiar with (say, their iPad) and use it to learn more about something they want to know. The only downside to this is that technology changes or "crashes" and if students are only used to relying on technology for their learning, they're relying on something they have no control over.

A standard that seems outside of my skillset:
Design authentic learning activities that align with content area standards and use digital tools and resources to maximize active, deep learning.
If I'm being honest, I'd say almost ALL of the standards for "Educators as Designers" are outside of my skillset. At least, if we're talking about creating interactive multimedia activities. I'm very skilled with Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Publisher), but even within these, I know there are many things I don't know how to do - such as creating interactive games/activities that are iPad-friendly. I wish I knew how to do this stuff, but I don't and don't really have time to learn it, so I end up relying on those who do to create materials I need.

C) To be a "digital native" means to be someone who was not only at the beginning of the digital age but also someone who practically knows no life outside of digital technologies. Digital immigrants, on the other hand, are those who try to learn and understand things from the perspective of the natives. This is a perfect description for teachers and most adults because we're stepping into the world of students and want to make lessons and learning relevant to them. To do so, we need to familiarize ourselves with things the "natives" already know. We're "immigrants" into their worlds.

I do agree with these terms. As a college student, I'm a digital native. However, as a homeschooling educator, mom, and adult, I'm a digital immigrant. (I guess it just depends on who I'm compared to...) I've definitely seen differences in how I use technology and how the digital immigrants in my life use technology. Most of my observations come from watching adults who don't have teenagers to guide them in using some aspects of technology (I have 4 teens who clue me in!). I'm not going to be teaching K-12, but there's a good possiblity I'll be teaching at the university level (that's if I go into teaching at all). That said, I'm SURE students will have a leg up on me and that I'll suddenly become a major digital immigrant in their world! 

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