#Edchat 12-14–2010 – 18:00 CET 12 PM EST
We are very grateful to Tinashe Blanchet (@mrsblanchet) for this week’s summary. It was the last #edchat of the year and turned out to be a very lively and informative session! Many edchatters were born pre-digital but felt themselves no less part of the digital world! Tinashe has captured the atmosphere of the discussion and went one stop further and involved some of her Yr 12 ‘digital natives’ for a real all round view! thank you Tinashe. Find out more about Tinashe in her bio t the end of this post.
Finally, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2011 and we’ll see you all again on January 4th!
This week’s #edchat was all about the new educational buzzword: “digital native”. This description of today’s student is appearing in blogs, journals, presentations, tweets, and many other forums in which educational technology is the topic of discussion. Nevertheless, many of us in the classroom wonder if the idea of kids as “digital natives” is reality when many of our students have no clue as to how to use technology in an educational (i.e. non-Facebook) context. Is is safe to say that because a child was born into the technology age that he or she is digitally literate? Many teachers have worked hard to stay up-to-date on the latest tech tools, and become offended when it is suggested that their students, by birth, have a better grasp of technology. If our students are “digital natives”, does that make us teachers “digital immigrants” or “digital aliens”? This was a lively chat with many differing views expressed. A few of my students (12th graders) participated to give those being labelled a chance to join in the conversation. Thanks to Dylan, Caralynn, Nancy and Fredy for being a part of this #edchat!
Here are some of the main themes from the discussion:
Defining the “digital native”
Do teachers and students agree with the widespread use of this label?
Is it safe to assume that our students are digital natives?
Characteristics, and appropriate v. inappropriate assumptions about “digital natives” and how they learn
How do “digital dinosaurs” connect with “digital natives” in relevant ways in an educational setting?
Here is a selection of some of the comments:
With such a vibrant discussion, it’s almost impossible to do it justice in a summary, but I’ve picked out some of the comments that caught my eye.
@drdouggreen: @ShellTerrell The term is misused a lot. I am 63 and I would make my tech knowledge against any native. #edchat
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As ever, there were some great links shared:
capohanka: I prefer resident and visitor a la @shareski http://bit.ly/fb7IQO #edchat
blairteach: If we use “digital native” to indicate a generational segment, look at Schrock’s Digital Pioneer term: http://youtu.be/8UZI6zO77k8 #edchat
willedmond: A cool idea you can do with your students. 10 Tips for Starting a Virtual Social Change Book Club #EdChat http://bit.ly/hk0sm2
HHG: This is a digital native – it’s how she thinks… http://flic.kr/p/5XviEq #edchat
josiefraser: A digital native is a ill advised & unhelpful metaphor http://j.mp/edK3Y3 #edchat – got that right!
ktenkely: For those who don’t know where digital native originated pdf of Marc Prensky’s article 2001 http://bit.ly/e8vbdS #edchat
aaronmueller: Digital Wisdom – article by Marc Prensky ERIC Record: EJ834284 http://t.co/XV5wTnH #edchat GREAT READ!
cybraryman1: My Digital Citizenship page: http://bit.ly/5fDZ4f #edchat
stumpteacher: Little background on DN from wikipedia http://bit.ly/9JFVF #edchat
cybraryman1: My Digital Footprints page: http://bit.ly/dd9IA9 Parents & Teachers should teach DF to children
reyjunco: Our research on how using Twitter in educationally-relevant ways affects engagement and grades: http://goo.gl/XtbVz #edchat
tjowens: “Once you care about a world you will do all kinds of things that look like work, or homework.” http://bit.ly/ieZGHk
cybraryman1: Teachers need to shown how to integrate technology in their subject areas: http://bit.ly/9AB2tS
HP Teacher Exchange : great resource for educators – lesson plans and more – http://goo.gl/zZkvG
dughall: #edchat Young people may exceed the technical *knowledge* of some educators, adults though, have (cont) http://tl.gd/7g9mps
prlowe91: Cell Phones in the Classroom: Learning Tools for the 21st Century: http://youtu.be/aXt_de2-HBE
cybraryman1: Show students there are many ways to do something using tech. For example the modern book report: http://bit.ly/a30UtS
daveandcori: 100 Best YouTube Videos for Teachers http://goo.gl/fb/dnU89
stumpteacher: @cybraryman1 Good post on the book reports… here is mine… http://bit.ly/fqvjXQ
weisburghm: I love how http://www.youthrightsmedia.org/about/ teaches students to have a voice using media
blairteach: Here’s a syllabus from a tchr-prep tech integration course at UGA. What do you think? http://bit.ly/gOheHI
weisburghm: good rubric on student twitter use: http://www2.uwstout.edu/content/profdev/rubrics/Twitter_Rubric.html
neilstephenson: I agree with @AngelaMaiers post on students as “digital natives” #edchat http://bit.ly/f7IXEo
MZimmer557: 10 Tips for Using Facebook in the Classroom http://goo.gl/7mt8N #edchat #edtech
stumpteacher: Share this link with anyone you think is a DI or a less than confident DN: http://bit.ly/ie8fiJ
2footgiraffe: share your take home ideas from todays #edchat http://bit.ly/gBYB2
web20education: #edtech20 #edchat New Pan-EU Youth is a platform targeted at young people between the age of 14 and 18 where they… http://fb.me/Qn04vyw8
cybraryman1: @gellesastar For example of how I learned something: http://bit.ly/gu48ap See the list on that page #edchat
prlowe91: With all the discussion about teachers and learning, let’s listen to the learners: http://youtu.be/9M4tdMsg3ts
kenroyal: New Reality Show: Tech Your Class http://tinyurl.com/bxxoot #education #educators #edchat #technology
cybraryman1: Have a student run a Smackdown (sharing of tools & sites): http://bit.ly/f29Lpx
GlogsterEDU: Here’s one of our favorites from #YouTube of 2010: http://bit.ly/dyEhaa Anyone else have favorites to share? #edchat #edtech #edu #smcedu
web20education: In 2011 we will begin new semantic web 3.0 and .After twitter my favorite tool global sharing http://tinyurl.com/pearltreesedtech20
davidwees: Where education reform is heading: From extreme to extremum http://is.gd/iKaZm
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