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A Tech-Happy Professor Reboots After Hearing His Teaching Advice Isn't Working - Techno... - 5 views

  • Not everybody has to teach with technology, but it does need to be deeply embedded throughout the ecosystem we create on campus - and not because "that's what students want" or "that's where the students are."  The surprising-to-most-people-fact is that students would prefer less technology in the classroom (especially *participatory* technologies that ask them to do something other than sit back and memorize material for a regurgitation exercise).  I use wikis, blogs, twitter and other social media in the classroom not because our students use them, but because I am afraid that social media might be using them – that they are using social media blindly, without recognition of the new challenges and opportunities they might create.  I use social media not only as an effective teaching tool that encourages participation, but also as a way to broaden the media literacy of our students.  In this regard, we still have a great deal of work to do.  We need to embed new media literacy more deeply into the curriculum so that it isn't just this "one crazy Anthropology class" (as I have heard my class fondly referred to by students) that showed them how they can effectively use these tools in ways they had not yet imagined, while also allowing them to see a little more clearly how these tools are using them, altering their habits, sensibilities, and values as well as the larger structural contexts in which they live.
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      This is a key quote from Wesch here.
  • Whatever tool professors can find to conjure that—curiosity and a sense of amazing possibilities—is what they should use, he says. Like any good lecture, his point may be more inspirational than instructive.

    "Students and faculty have to have this sense that they can truly connect with each other," he concludes. "Only through that sense of connection do you have this sense of community."

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      The connections and relationships forged in the learning are the key!
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    Michael Wesch's transformation
Michael Walker

Seth's Blog: What's high school for? - 19 views

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    This is a great list!
Michael Walker

'Literacy' Sucks | The Committed Sardine - 14 views

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    Nice graphic on the types of Literacy.
Michael Walker

iPad2 Comparison Video (Panasonic P2) - Bellingrath Gardens, Mobile, AL vs. iPad2 Compa... - 0 views

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    This might be an interesting tool for students to make video comparisons.
Michael Walker

AUP with Social Media included. - 18 views

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      Guidelines for the use of Social Media in Edina.
Michael Walker

Docs for Facebook - 19 views

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    Uses MS Office online integrated into Facebook.
Michael Walker

VM402: The Allure of Multitasking Attention and Distraction in a Digital World - 5 views

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    Syllabus for Howard Rheingold's course.
Michael Walker

A New Culture of Learning: Cultivating the Imagination for a World of Constant Change b... - 13 views

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    From a tweet by Will Richardson
Michael Walker

Teach Parents Tech - 9 views

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    Nice site for teaching parents tech!
Michael Walker

Growing Up Digital, Wired for Distraction - NYTimes.com - 12 views

  • “The worry is we’re raising a generation of kids in front of screens whose brains are going to be wired differently.”
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      Kids brains wired differently, but he doesn't explain why this is necessarily a bad thing.
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    "The worry is we're raising a generation of kids in front of screens whose brains are going to be wired differently."
Michael Walker

How to fix our schools: A manifesto by Joel Klein, Michelle Rhee and other education le... - 16 views

  • has left our school districts impotent and, worse, has robbed millions of children of a real future
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      Why are district's impotent? If administrators do their job and a) mentor young teachers and b) remove them if they are ineffective the system can work!
  • District leaders also need the authority to use financial incentives to attract and retain the best teachers.
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      And yet, studies show that merit pay doesn't work!
  • but let's stop pretending that everyone who goes into the classroom has the ability and temperament to lift our children to excellence.
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  • We must equip educators with the best technology available to make instruction more effective and efficient. By better using technology to collect data on student learning and shape individualized instruction, we can help transform our classrooms and lessen the burden on teachers' time.
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      Yes, the most effective way to use technology in the classroom is to gather data...NOT! What about providing the technology so the students can create meaning and learn?
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    This article is ripe for Diigo commentary!
Michael Walker

Scale of the Universe - 15 views

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    Great interactive on the scale of the universe.
Michael Walker

Education Week: Digital Edition: E-Educators Evolving - 9 views

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    Good article on trends.
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