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Digital Didactics or Teaching for the 21st Century Student
Transcript of Digital Didactics or Teaching for the 21st Century Student
How do we teach Digital Natives in the diverse setting of the 21st century classroom? How can we use Multimodal pedagogy and technology to create an engaging learning environment? How can we blend traditional literacy with the new concept of plural literacies to prepare students for standardized tests and life outside of the classroom?
Why Try to Incorporate Technology Into the Classroom When Education's Focus is on National Standards of Basic Literacy?
What are the benefits of using multimodal instruction and technology?
. All we do is look at books and write essays. The teacher talks and we have to take notes. If I didn't have to be here I wouldn't."
In addition to teaching basic academic skills we also need to prepare students to flourish in the world after they finish school. This world is inundated with technology. It is an integral part of the job market. Social media skills and digital literacy are highly valued in today's job market.
Research shows that students take more responsibility for their work, especially if it is published online. They tend to be more engaged in lessons if there are a variety of mediums being used it becomes accessible to different learning styles. It challenges both students and teachers to be creative in their representation of material. It further develops both traditional and non-traditional literacy. Planning lessons and assessments that centered on student's strengths help students to feel more competent and increases their self-esteem. It develops out of the box thinking and problem solving skills. It prepares students to engage with a world that is largely centered on technology use.
So How Are Teachers Doing This Today?
Teachers are adjusting lesson plans to incorporate YouTube videos, podcasts, class twitter accounts and blogs.
Assessments are starting to look different: digital essays, videos, cyber journals, mixed medium presentations, student run websites, wiki pages...
Digital portfolios and linking content to electronic learning environments
A New Spin on Literacy
How do we define literacy in the context of this digital age?
The ability to understand what language to use when.
Fluency in the digital language of computers and technology
The ability to critically analyze multiple kinds of language and texts.
The ability to blend literacy as school knowledge and literacy as a cultural skill.
How do we do it all?
when students are exposed to a range of learning experiences.
What is a Digital Native?
Has grown up in the age of technology
Exposed at a young age to online games, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, blogs, podcasts, YouTube, online news, text messaging, instant messaging, smart phones, iPads, AND MORE
Can disseminate ideas and experience AND communicate in a seamless 24/7 environment.
Fluent in the language of the internet
Problems Educators Encounter
Some schools have very limited access to computers and the internet.
There are often DOE restrictions to websites because of the Internet Child Protection Act. This limits websites that may be helpful in classroom instruction and assessment.
Some students do not have access to a computer or internet at home. Others have limited time on their computers because they are shared by the family.
Teachers may not be up to speed on their technology skills. They have to be open minded to letting go of some of their classroom control and learning from students.
Schools may have little or no tech support if there is a software malfunction.
Teachers face a challenge deciding how to assess multimodal and multiple literacies projects.
How Do Teachers Overcome These Challenges?
Personally assess what your learning goals are for your students. Do you want them to learn basic traditional literacy skills? Do you want to prepare them for college? Do you want them simply to pass your class? Do you want to prepare them for a future in a technology based world?
Be open to learning! The world around us is constantly changing. New information about teaching is always being published. Stay informed about your profession. Be open to taking technology classes for the classroom at a local college. Engage in professional webinar series.
Allow your students to teach you! This will help them build confidence, fluency, communication skills, and become master's of their own knowledge.
Talk with your colleagues and principal about getting more computers. Look for technology grants.
Try to convince your principal about the importance of having a tech support staff member. Remember to look to the kids for tech support. They often know more than adults do.
Look online and talk to other teachers about how to assess digital, mulitmodal, and multiple literacy projects. There is a plethora of information out there. Teachers have to be willing to invest themselves.
In many cases if teachers request a access to a website the school will grant it.