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Transcript of EdTech 101
Are you a digital native or a digital immigrant?
Are you a native or an immigrant?
Some of the "accents"
we, immigrants might have...
printing your emails
needing to print out document when editing
bringing people physically into your office when sharing interesting website (rather than sending the URL), etc.
prefers printed books to e-books
When digital natives are put in classrooms where bunch of immigrants are the teachers...
How to integrate technology in Japanese classroom
Technology helps 4C's in 21st Century Education (
Importance of making mistakes in the virtual world
Sharing students' work
Advocacy of Japanese language education - missing link
Today's students (K through college) represent
the first generation to grow up with technology.
the content is more
important than technology
School/district rules and regulation
Students' accessibility to technology (internet, hardware, etc.)
PC vs Mac
Classroom management (multi-tasking = easy to get distracted)
Online translation tools
Automatic translation will be available
Curriculum is still more important, but teaching digital natives requires a perfect balancing act
by Elena Yoo
Japanese Language Teacher, Hawaii Baptist Academy
They do not want to be lectured to
They are used to receiving information very fast
Prefer graphics over "text"
Function best when "networked"
Thrive on instant gratification and frequent rewards (feedback)
Prefers games to "serious works"
They want an education that is not just relevant, but real
Expect to hear, "Why should I learn this?"
What do you mean, "dial the number?"
What teachers need to know is just how technology can and should be
used by students to enhance their own learning.
Purposeful application - know what "results" are expected
Explain to students why you are using certain technology & tools
Assessment (teacher assessment, peer assessment, self-assessment
Always have a "Plan B"
Don't forget that even Digital Natives still need to hand write kana & kanji to learn
If you are feeling "overwhelmed," don't do it
But, before we get to that...let's cut to the chase and ask ourselves a big question.
What do we want from our students?
We want our students:
to stay focused, so we can teach
to study, so they get good grades
But, it really should be...
We want them to be motivated.
We (teachers) still need to keep
on learning....but, how?
"Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants"
by Mark Prensky, 2001
By 2020, Prensky predicts people across the globe will be plugged into the
"AORTA," -- Always On RealTime Access
-- a term coined by Mark Anderson, the chief of the Strategic News Service -- specializing in technology news.
Japanese Teacher Ning
Project based learning
Team based learning
Inquiry based learning
Challenge based learning
Brain based learning
Game based learning