Episode 18 – July 16, 2010
Feature of the Week – Robots in the Classroom
- USC study used for basic skills and socialization
- Can teach foreign languages and other extensive knowledge
- Helps teach students with special needs – more patience over a human
- Other countries already using them for teaching
- Most important questions that should be addressed in edreform? 1 – purpose of ed.
- Roadblocks: requires a shared vision, entangled w/ politics, buy in, current pace of change
- Sir Ken Robinson echoes fears -we cannot effectively change education w/ reform.
- 2nd climate crisis – the crisis of human resources, current ed model dislocates people from natural talents. Educators must create environments for students to show themselves.
- Reform is improving a broken model. We don’t need evolution but a revolution.” Create anew.
- To move away from industrial model of education, based on linearity and conformity, to agricultural model. “Human flourishing is not a mechanical process, it is an organic process.”
- Like a farmer, educators must be able to tweak the conditions under which students can flourish. “Technologies combined with extraordinary talents of teachers will revolutionize education.”
Watch and Learn – Google Docs in the Classroom
- Real teacher and student reviews of the tool
- Advantages of using it in and out of the classroom
- Improvement on learning and interest
- Students are no longer just reading content on the web (web 1.0) or interacting with content on the web (web 2.0); they are creating the web as they hope it to be (web 3.0).
- In the new web 3.0 users are no longer on the web but OF the web, building a community and working together to filter through and find meaning in information.
- We need to incorporate numerous forms of literacy development in our curriculum: print literacy, digital literacy and networked literacy – understanding how people and communication networks work.”. (Ex: reading hyperlinked text articles, understanding what it means to follow or be followed.)
- With digital community/virtual canvas in mind we read, listen, write, and research differently. Requires new kind of info fluency. Digital output = Earth to Pluto 13X, deforest the planet 12 times.
- We are in a constant state of information curation and we can’t do it alone. Students need to know how to use networks to collect, sort, aggregate, and share information – to get message across.
E-Freebies – 5 Web 2.0 Tools
- Cacoo, Word Steps, Cobo Cards, Like It? Tweet It!, AnswerGarden
So, What Do You Know?
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