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August 30, 2012

To be successful in the 21st century (and beyond…why limit our thoughts to the immediate future) students need to feel comfprtable with what they are doing.  I think one of the best things that we, as teachers, can do is start exposing our students to Web 2.0 in early grades (K-2)…and dare I say even earlier (pre-K).

The video we watched stated that jobs students of today will have are not even invented yet… It stated that students today will never live in an “un-connected” world.

 

The video we saw was more based on Iowa…. this link is one based on the United States:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XVQ1ULfQawk

The statistics are mind-blowing!  The very first slide compares YOU to China…. “If you were one in a million in China there would be 1300 of you”….CRAZY!!!!!  This really makes you think about how important the field of educational technology really is.

 

On the topic of our Chapter 1 reading I had a comment to make:

 

E-Readers…What is the take on this wonderful resource at your school (for those who have a class of their own)?  My school has a zero tolerance for electronic devices; cell phones, iPods, iPads, Nook Readers, digital cameras, etc.  I took a class last spring and learned that smart phones are going to become more and more important in the lives of middle school and high school students.  How can we address this issue with our districts?

I’m all for electronics in the class.  I also understand the frustration involved.  What do you do with those students who can’t afford them? How do you stop the age-old issue of theft? How can you ensure that students are not “playing” during instruction?  We could debate and discuss the pros and cons all day long.

I would be happy to read any comments you have!

Mike

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4 Comments
  1. Hey Mike,

    Thanks for sharing your perspective! I think you pose a good question about tolerance for technology in the classroom. I think your video proves it is a little old fashioned and unrealistic to expect students to have NO technology at school. We did not have cell phones when I was in school (we did have pagers though, did I just give my age away!!!) and we had enough distractions. While there are many reasons to use this technology in the classroom and we are exploring those reasons this semester, there is just a level of dependence I think we have all come to feel relating to our smart phones, etc. I can’t imagine why an “emergency only” app/text blocker hasn’t been created by school districts yet. I’m sure that would violate someone’s human rights but when considering how to get them up to speed, maybe its just a matter of comprimise.

    Thanks again for your post!

  2. Anthony Roma permalink

    I have a couple of opinions on how to answer your questions. Maybe they will spark some ideas….

    “What do you do with those students who can’t afford them?”
    Well, the state currently pays for books, so have the state make the migration to eReaders. They can have the school books uploaded onto them, so the student can have ALL of their books when they go home at night. The books can have an access timer in them as well, like the library ebooks.

    “How do you stop the age-old issue of theft?”
    This can be difficult. The best way, I think, is not to make them expensive. People want IPads, not cheap ereaders. The eReader can just be powerful enough to read the books and maybe send email. They could also be locked down so they can only be accessed during that particular school year, so afterwards they are useless unless IT unlocks them.

    “How can you ensure that students are not “playing” during instruction?”
    Well, IT could lock them so games cannot be uploaded by anyone. Also, If you set the default Volume level for the books to silent, and set all other default volumes to MAX, you should be able to catch them rather easily.

    No, these are not the total solutions, but maybe we can use these to start to figure out those issues that have a lot of people nervous about ereaders in schools.

    Anthony Roma

  3. Meg Brown permalink

    I feel using IPads, other tablets and e-readers can be useful in schools, but I have to agree with your school on not allowing cell phones or IPods. I feel the teachers should be the ones with the tablets and e-readers, students should not be able to bringing in their own devices because then it leads to the issue of not knowing what is on the devices and does not let you be more aware of whether or not your students are paying attention or playing on the devices.

    Thank you for sharing the “Shift Happens” video, I have seen it before but it still amazed me watching it again. Especially the thought that we are preparing our students for jobs that don’t even exist right now!

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts and I look forward to hearing more of your thoughts through out the semester.

    Megan
    If you have time go check out my blog http://mmbrown15.blogspot.com

  4. Kellie Monteleone permalink

    Mike,

    This is also the issue we are having in our school. I teach at a private boarding and day school in Lake County. There have always been very strict rules about the use of cell phones and other devices. Students are required to have a laptop; however some teachers do not allow them to use them in class. This year our school has taken a huge leap and assigned one person to task of helping the teachers incorporate technology into their classrooms. The biggest obstacle she is facing is the policy on no cell phones. Most students at this school have an I-phone or some type of android phone, so the technology is already there; it is just frustrating not to be allowed to use it in the way that she would like. We are hopeful that as the faculty makes use of the technology that is available to them without the students using their phones, that that administration will see that the technology is here to stay and the students are capable of having their phones and using them in an appropriate way. I can only imagine that you have a similar policy in a public school with much more red tape to cut through. I think the benefit outweighs the cost when it comes to E-readers. I would much rather have to update my book software than to have to figure out what to do with a forest full of books we can no longer use because they are 5 years past their copy write date.
    Love your title by the way! 🙂

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