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Molly Kellogg

Educational Leadership:Teaching for the 21st Century:Taking the Digital Plunge - 2 views

  • I consider experimenting fearlessly with digital connections to be part of my job as a teacher.
    • Rod Corey
       
      Experimenting fearlessly is an important step in redesigning education and encouraging the development of 21st century skills.
  • Clay Burell is Korea's best kept secret, asking provocative questions about the changing nature of schooling. Jenny Luca is an Aussie dynamo, encouraging teachers to create meaningful service learning projects. Kevin Jarrett runs one of the most inventive elementary-level computer labs in New Jersey.
    • Merry Stuhr
       
      I need to check out their work!
  • The Tempered Radical
    • Megan Rice
       
      subscribe later?
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  • Wouldn't young adults truly prepared for the 21st century have experience using computers to learn with—rather than simply about—the world
  • Don't today's 12-year-olds need to recognize that future coworkers are just as likely to live on the other side of the world as on the other side of town?
    • Mike Arsenault
       
      More and more of our kids will be working with their peers from around the world. Technologies like Skype and WebEx will change how they work.
    • Rod Corey
       
      This is a great point which is why worldwide collaboration in education is so important to pursue and engage in.
  • no one has taught them about the power of these connections
  • few are using those networks to pursue meaningful personal growth
  • Consider the potential: Students from different countries can explore global challenges together. Small cohorts of motivated kids can conduct studies of topics with deep personal meaning to them. Experts can "visit" classrooms thousands of miles away.
    • Rod Corey
       
      This sounds great but where do I start and how do I get going?
  • Connecting with colleagues online
    • Rod Corey
       
      This is something that I need to begin to explore.
  • no one has taught them about the power of these connections
    • Kimberly Grover
       
      When does this education begin? Or, does it matter? The impulse of typing the "emotion of the moment" overides what the adolescent brain has been taught.
  • each conversation includes opportunities for students to ask questions and feel a push against their preconceived notions.
    • Stephanie Robison
       
      This sounds like such an awesome opportunity to encourage students to defend their thinking (which is something we want them to do) in a form where it doesn't feel like a teacher assignment
  • experimenting fearlessly
    • Megan Rice
       
      same wording as ohler article
    • Stephen Fox
       
      Same editor
    • alan hall
       
      Sara, did you get this response?
  • I began using discussion tools like VoiceThread (http://voicethread.com) to create electronic forums for my students to interact with peers around classroom content—with extraordinary results
    • Stephanie Robison
       
      Voice thread is something I would like to use in the classroom. Students seem motivated by it.
    • Molly Kellogg
       
      They love it! And there are plenty of colleagues you can learn from, like the 5th and 8th grade teams.
  • "I love it when someone disagrees with me online because it makes me think again."
  • Begin by signing up for a Twitter account
    • Kimberly Grover
       
      Why twitter? Aren't there other forums to find this same information?
  • Clay Burell
  • our students have no trouble connecting, but no one has taught them about the power of these connections. Although tweens and teens may be comfortable using digital tools to build networks, few are using those networks to pursue meaningful personal growth. Our challenge as teachers is to identify ways that students can use these tools for learning.
    • Mike Arsenault
       
      This points to the fact that we must teach students about digital citizenship. They are creating their own rules in these online environments. They need some direction to cut down on the terrible negative sides of online life.
  • Model learning transparently.
    • Rod Corey
       
      What if we build time into the daily classroom routine for checking and interacting with our digigal relationships. Teachers would visit their professional learning communities and students would do the same. This could be a once a week activity, or every day...
  • The key to becoming an effective 21st century instructor is to become an efficient 21st century learner.
  • Wouldn't young adults truly prepared for the 21st century have experience using computers to learn with—rather than simply about—the world?
    • Megan Rice
       
      This is exactly what I've been saying in my blog posts...
  • Once you've taken your digital plunge, share with students how the digital connections you engage in enhance your skills and deepen your knowledge. Model learning transparently.
    • Mike Arsenault
       
      This is so important. Teachers need to be learners and must model how they learn with their students.
  • but no one has taught them about the power of these connections
    • Megan Rice
       
      I agree, but is this taught through the content we already need to cover, or a technology component?
  • Our challenge as teachers is to identify ways that students can use these tools for learning.
    • Megan Rice
       
      yes!
  • This is why I experiment with every new tool that bursts onto the teenage radar
    • Megan Rice
       
      I wish I had the time to keep up with all the sites out there! I remember when we first showed VoiceThread - kids loved it. Now, they are more familiar and not as excited because they use it elsewhere, which is wonderful, but requires me to keep up on the "newer" options.
    • Molly Kellogg
       
      This is why we need regular time scheduled into staff meetings or inservice days to just EXPLORE and collaborate with colleagues around new tools.
  • Through Twitter, you'll get short online messages from fellow practitioners that point you to resources or pose questions.
    • Megan Rice
       
      Am I ready to be tethered to my phone even more than I am?
  • Then start by following some of the good education blogs written by teachers. Many of these are listed in the Support Blogging wiki (http://supportblogging.com) and on my list of resources (www.pageflakes.com/wferriter/16618841).
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