Defining 21 st Centeury Learning

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  1. a.  summary- what does the article say?

The writers of “Teaching and Learning with the Net Generation” showed the features of the Net generation’s learning styles which influence their behaviors. The author mentioned how educators can appropriately use these various changes in effective learning environment to meet Net generations’ expectation and needs.  Multitasking is necessary habit of the Net Generation lifestyle, thus, they have a short attention span.  Universities started to encourage teachers to combine the traditional lecture shape with meaningful strategies that prompt active interaction with students by utilizing some networks blogs and websites to appeal to the Net generation toward learning. Also, technological tools should be as means to engage students and motivate them toward learning. Teachers have accountability to utilize judicious strategies and activities in blended learning to foster students’ literacy and critical thinking. 

b. analysis- describe the ideas that you found relevant- what does it mean?
There are several ideas that I found stuck in my mind, the first is that the Net generation who have been raised in the digital technologies saturation have their own learning style of independence and autonomy. Therefore, these Net generations students need teachers to change the traditional classroom with using technology rather than standing and talking without any sense of utilizing existing technology. Students ask for more self- directed learning chances, more open opportunities for doing their projects and assignments, a positive interactive environment, and positive feedback. Even though students are frequent technology users, some of them lack literacy skills and others lack social interaction with people. Also, these digital natives mostly prefer to use technological tools during class instead of using conventional teaching methods. Today’s net generations are multitasking where they can do their homework while playing games,  thus, they need to have efficient activities to keep students engaged.

Moreover, I found that teachers can do certain things to blend traditional teaching methods with incorporating technology in the classroom. First, teachers must realize that technology is not a bad tool but powerful if teachers use it effectively and in the right way in classroom. The majority of teachers in universities apply integrating technology in the classroom in such improvement of pedagogy, where they maintain traditional classes. Web Quest and Wiki are examples of networking websites in which teachers can use since they are the Net generation’s favorite to engage their students and have discussion, quizzes, other effective activities that require students to analyze and think critically. Effective relationship between teachers and students is a driving force in teaching and learning .

c.  critique- what do you think about the ideas you have described?

In general, I would say that Net generations are the forefront of digital technology. Those students are bored of some conventional teaching methods and dislikes to be away of using their devices during their class time. Importantly, that teachers responsibility to find other ways  to exploit the existence of evolving technology. Teachers should have a sense of pedagogical goals that maintain creative efforts that let students engage in their classroom and well-learned. They have to value the education through authentic practices and doing because there is nothing going to be improved and learned effectively without doing and implementing. Net generation have their methods of communicating, talking, answering, analyzing, thinking and learning that influence their behaviors and performance. In the conventional methods teaching style, teacher is the only speaker and representative in classroom while the only job for students is to listen and take notes. Nowadays, the environments of classrooms and teaching techniques have dramatically changed. Students are the ones who speak and interact. “Teaching with technology can deepen student learning by supporting instructional objectives”( Teaching with Technology). Teachers can use scaffold activities where students can consult their teachers from given goals. Sometimes students are more superior and creative in using technology than their teachers. Teachers should be prepared and trained to use technology appropriately to fill this gap. Not knowing how to deal with technology may make a teacher loose his\herself confident in a classroom.

No doubt that Net generation may know how to use technology more than their teachers. Therefore, teachers should use the strategies that students need from their teacher such as give them more opportunities to produce their assignment, create positive environment full of engagement, positive feedback and interaction. Native digital users may lack their literacy skills so teachers are the ones who should pay attention to this by reshape their planning and practices. Learning through social action and interaction is a key of understanding students’ ideas, suggestions, and opinions. Digital technology is a tool that can facilitate learning and teaching. Embedding technology in classroom creates engagement and enthusiasm for students to provoke their curiosity to know more. From my experience as a former teacher, having various teaching methods motivates students to think, solve, analyze, and suggest and assimilate their initiatives to the classroom interaction.

 

 

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Defining 21st Centuery Learning

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    In recent discussions of utilizing technology in the classroom, a controversial issue has been whether integrating technology in the classroom is a distraction. On the one hand, some argue that teachers can control using digital devices in their classroom.  From this perspective, our brain can do many things (multitask) at one time, but cannot focus on one thing very well. In “7 Ways to Deal With Digital Distractions in Class,” Leah Levy suggested that teachers should consider banning smartphones once per week. By doing so, students are asked to do their project creatively, collaboratively and diligently. Also, there are other ways to use technology for engaging and entertaining such as using Moodle and other websites that encourage students to participate and focus on doing their task. On the other hand, however, others argue that technology is now considered as important as Oxygen where students are multitasking, playing games and listening to others while doing homework.  According to this view, people believe that technology is an integral part in their lives as it engages students to look up and find out what they want to search for. From this perspective, technology is the way that people can look at the virtual world and what happens around them; therefore, they can contact other experts around the world and collaborate with them.
          My own view is that technology should be used only when necessary. If students are unmotivated or uninspired  in the class, technology would be beneficial for them rather doing class work or studying in a bad mood or a bored class. However,  teachers should put a limit on using digital devices to make students focused. Though I concede that there should be a balance between using technology for engaging students to participate in the classroom and excessive use of technology in favor of letting students learn independently, I still maintain that teachers should control using technology with effective, judicious strategies. For example, teachers can  ban using smartphones once per week to let students use their brains independently and be critical thinkers and problem solvers. There should be incentives for students who do well and support for students who need a help. The more we blend using technology and maintaining teacher and students-centered relationships, the more effective interaction and intended benefits we will have.

First week post: Introductory Concepts

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In recent discussions of technology integration in classroom, a controversial issue has been whether it is a beneficial and useful tool or overused (excessive use) and abused.  On the one hand, some argue that technology is convenient to teach, assess and communicate with students.  From this perspective, technology facilitate the way that educators and students contact with each other.

On the other hand, however, others argue that technological tools should not replace traditional tool such as pencil and paper.  According to this view, Cassidy confirmed that technology should not be used to maintain classroom occupied or doing something that we can do without it.

My own view is that we have to be balanced when using integrating technology in classrooms. This means, we only use it when there is a necessity. Though I concede that I really like to have at least one technological tool in my classroom to enhance my teaching methods. Edutopia website shed the light on four key components of using technology to incorporate with learning: active engagement, participation in groups, frequent interaction and feedback, and connection to real-world experts. I still value the use of paper and pencil.  For example, as an ELL teacher, I encourage students to take notes and practice writing. Although some might object that every traditional tool replaced by technology and there are websites that students can use to keep their writing up. I prefer using technology to engage my students to participate with me and be able to use it in their future life.  The issue of technology integration in classroom is important because it enhances learning and teaching and support teachers and students to be aware of using technology correctly and in the right place.