Don't Teach Your Kid's This Stuff. Please?
I thought that the post by Scott Mcleod was really clever. I learned that Mr. Mcleod is professor at the University of Kentucky, and that he is considered by many to be an academic expert on K-12 technology issues. He is also the Founding Director of CASTLE,
Eric Whitacre's Virtual Choir
When I began watching this video, I thought, how neat, that all of those people could get together via internet and create such a beautiful piece. Then, I thought about how much work and coordination must go into the production of such a video. It occurred to me then, that if someone could orchestrate a complex production of music with so many different people, who have never met, or even rehearsed, from all different places, what amazing things could be done in a classroom! Why couldn't classes, from all different regions, collaborate when studying their school lessons? Children from different parts of the country could work together to study geography, history, or any other subject. Imagine how much more interesting a science lesson would be if you were sharing the lesson with a class in the region where the theory was founded. What if students could go on field trips via the internet? This video was something I had never really considered before. Really, with the connection the internet provides, almost anything is possible!
Teaching In the 21st Century by Kevin Roberts
In the video Teaching In the 21st Century , Kevin Roberts discusses how the roles of teachers has changed. He talks about how, in the past, the role of a teacher was to provide students with information. Now, however, with the ability of students to access any information they need online, a teacher's job is to teach students how to apply that information to their situation. He believes that a teacher is now supposed to teach students the skills they need to take all of the information at their disposal and use it in practical ways in their lives. This will help students to be able problem solve in their future. When a student is later faced with decisions about jobs, finances and other important issues, they will know how to gather information and use it to make the best decision. I think Mr. Roberts makes some very valid points. I know that memorizing information is how teachers traditionally teach their students, and I realize that is pointless. As an elementary school teacher, I will allow my students to discuss their reading assignments by blogging. I will have them use their social studies lessons to create podcasts. I will try to help them connect with their peers in other countries to help them understand that our world is so much more than what we can see from our own back door. Unless we are teaching students things that can be applied in a relevant way to their lives, we are wasting both of our times. The world students are graduating into is not the world where the person who knows the most "things" is the best. This 21st century world is a place where creative thinking and problem solving skills are sought after. We must help our students take the information technology offers and use it to create success.