Wayne Barry in his slide show The Generation Game discusses how generations are different. He also says that instead of using the stereotypical terms digital native and digital immigrant terms such as digital efficacy and digital literacy are more appropriate. The term digital efficacy gives me the power to change. Can I produce the desired result? I think so or at least I am making the effort.
Based on everything I have read, my previous internet use has been incredibly basic and old-fashioned in nature. I have not integrated technology in new ways. I have been looking for a recipe. The plan that will put everything in place. I have issues that need to be worked on…I print everything…I may reformat it to save paper, but I print it.
Have I made changes?-yes
Currently I am:
Reading articles online
Writing and reading blogs
Establishing and using my RSS feeds
Thinking, thinking, thinking. About technology, children, and how all are changing
So I am becoming more literate as time progresses.
The good news is, I am trying to integrate technology into my classroom.
Unfortunately my students do not have easy access to their own computer. We are not 1:1 until 2012. Subsequently the documents I create are very black and white without hyperlinks.
Based on what I have read though, I feel I have to change. Why?
The information highway is changing quickly and brain studies are showing neural pathways are changing to accommodate this new way of processing information as per Ian Jukes, Understanding the Digital Generation. Students today think differently than we do. Jukes feels we need to accommodate these changes, or we are going to lose students. We are trying to follow the same teaching structure that was put into place 100 years ago.
I will continue to create documents for science but they will be different. Here are some ideas:
Hyperlinks. Hyperlinks are meant to add information as needed…if you are new to a subject, background information is provided. If you are an old hand, than you can move on quickly. Hyperlinks include videos, vocabulary words, previous information, clarifying information, pictures, simulations and quizzes.
For example, we are currently studying Forces and Motion. Videos and images can be used to help my students understand Newton’s First Law. My students could be demonstrating and recording their own video tapes of Newton’s First Law and uploading them to You Tube.
Frankly, I am excited and I am beginning to understand where I need to go regarding technology. There isn’t a set plan or recipe. Talking to students and staying aware…21st Century if you will, will increase my digital literacy. This is something I am choosing to do and enjoying.