Digital media has been the earthquake to the foundations of classical education. With the explosion of You Tube, images on line, news programs with images, television and phones that take pictures and video what does the youth of today believe? It has been this very explosion that has educators looking at how to address the needs in this changing media overload. This article points out that teaching the written word is no longer preparing the youth of today for what they need to be critical thinkers in this global world. That education must address the visual literacy component 84% of the youth survived for this article said that they need more instruction on how to trust the news media and the digital images they see everyday. News literacy challenges the student to become well-informed, globally evolved and critical thinkers of the world around them. Three main points are discussed: Learners have different opportunities, Transparency issues of how the digital media molds perceptions, and finally the Ethical problem of breaking down traditional training and socialization which may help them prepare to answer questions, that question what they are seeing. So that is the problem how do we as educators help the students gain news literacy, by asking these questions, who created the message? What did the creator do to grab my attention? What points of view are presented or omitted in the message? How many others view this message differently? Encouraging students to answer these questions the youth of today will have more thinking skills tools allowing them to decide whether to, like Ripley says, “believe it or not”. By guiding our students through these basic questions we are helping give them the critical thinking skills they need for the 21 Century.
Do we read pixels differently then we read ink? Did Benjamin Franklin’s contribution of electrical current in 1975, pave the way for this electronic era, which would change another of Franklin’s loves the printed word in ink. What would Benjamin Franklin say about the e-book? He might say that books capture the mind and expand the world of knowledge and therefore belong in ink. These thoughts are compelling arguments people and scholars are doing just that. There are many studies of the way a book feels, looks, and smells even the weight of the book along with ambient light that comes off the page of the printed page all contribute to the perfect rainy Sunday read. The intense feel of satisfaction of turning a page. All these things create a visual landscape that our minds relate to, allowing us to turn the abstractness of letters and words into something we can remember and comprehend instead of just looking at text. The E-books lacks the tactile sensory experience and light form the screen is very hard on the eyes, which intern tires the reader more quickly. Educators and scientist are looking into the studies of not only taking some out of their comfort zone but also looking at the differences in the retention of materials read. Some repots so little to no change while other have greater discrepancies. Information gathered from college and graduate level students for the years 2003 to 2011 indicate that prefer the paper and ink when it comes to needed to comprehend information. The way a reader reads is not the only thing to consider when you are using an E-reader there is sense of ownership to a paper book, where, as an E-reader we are just using. Some scholars ware worried about the economy of the printed word, sharing, references laws and books should be spared the digital world. Don’t get me wrong I love the fact that there is less clutter in my house sense I purchases my E-reader and I personally use it often, yet it does take away the elegance of owning your own library. The next wave of E-books will be interactive, where the viewer changes the ending! A company known as Atavist is on top of it. Ready or not!
The Tools for success in the 21 Century lay with the use of the Web 2.0 tools. Education today is trying very hard to address the much-needed skills known as the 4 C, which are Communication, Collaboration, Creativity and Critical Thinking. Which will become the lifeline for success in the 21 Century and beyond. The need to have students engaged in their learning and interacting is very important. This article addresses the Sociocultural, which separates mankind from the other millions of species on the earth, because humans have the ability to communicate with language and use tools in many ways to accomplish a task. It is this fact and the continual process of evolution of mankind, education, and technology that brings these Web 2.0 tools into focus with more vigor and obligations to be used in the classroom then ever before. Educators must realize that the youth of today are all ready media hardwired. They must embrace this media age, evolve to become the 21 century educator, students need by using these Web2.0 tools.
With the coming of the Federally observed holiday of “Constitution Day” of which I knew nothing about until this year. I started reading the Constitution of the United States again and started to reflect on what it meant, and what it meant to be an American citizen and whether or not the Constitution is still relevant in today’s society. Many people argue that the Constitution is out dated, because of the technology and changes that have taken place, which our founding fathers could have only dreamed of. However, the 4,543 words of the United States’ Constitution have not lost their relevance. The fact that our forefathers were designing a document that would rule a new government and country free from the rule of kings or dictators while holding up the ideals of freedom is amazing. The 55 delegates had to collaborate and form these ideas and put checks and balances on the government to maintain the freedoms they fought so hard for. These delegates labored for 100 days writing our constitution, which details the branches, laws and duties of our government. They wanted to form a government, which would sustain the freedoms for not only their lifetime but for future generations. The 39 delegates who actually signed this document were intelligent beyond their years. For the United States Constitution have had few amendments in the 226 years of existence. The Constitution is the very backbone of the spirit that stands for America, and what I believe is one of the most important documents of many centuries to come. When a document starts out with: “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.” How do you argue with that? Isn’t that what we all want, freedoms and equality for all. I as an American would like to keep the backboned spirit of our forefathers and honor these 4,543 words, which govern the country I live in.
These days of cyber bullying, and critics who are so narrow minded that they are in the dark ages when it comes to the positive uses of social media sites, for education. This article argues that teens who are growing up in the “Google Generation” are already reaping the benefits and using these types of sites to share information, contact classmate about homework assignments and collaborating with their peers in a positive productive way. There are many forums for the educator to safely communicate with their students using social media. Educators know that open lines of communication is the best way to foster learning, and increase engagement of students. Yet many school districts are so quick to only look at the negative side and shut these lines of communication down, instead of taking the opportunity to teach a teachable moment and encourage responability digital citizenship. Instead school districts , block these types of sites and will not reap the benefits of a true learning community.
The day at Pad Camp was very worth while. I enjoyed presenting and working with a fellow Cohort teacher Jamie Richardson. We choose the topic of flipping a classroom and found apps which would help any teacher make video and get started. The apps and tools I presented where chosen for the presentation for the visual arts where Jamie choose ones that would bbs better used in the math programs. The video reflects my thoughts for the day.
This lesson the students will be able to try their creativity while making their own video game. The game will have to incorporate a landscape and have rewards and characters. The prelim drawings and notes along with the teacher conference at summative evaluation. The hope that the school will have I-pads to be able to download this free and creative app.
This lesson is designed to encourage the student to navigate their informational world and use the information ethically. The lesson also allows the students to discovery different ways of gathering information. Students will be researching, synthesizing and creating with the information they gather. The next step will be to have the students share their findings while making a digital story and participate ethically as an informed member of a democratic society.
This lesson builds awareness of the use media, some of the changes it goes through and answers the question is everything believeable. In the visual arts images are used everyday, students and artists are bombarded with thought kind of images with every eye movement. Yet how does one create an original design or picture then. The answer is in how the artist’s uses copy righted infromation. Use of symbolism will be discussed and the meaning and impact art works portray. Students will be asked to create a piece of art work about an environmental concern or a concern they have in the world with which we live.
Using Social Media in my classroom, which hopefully will not be blocked by my district. I found many ideas on Pinterest and therefore when investigating what site to use found this one worked best. Never knowing that there was a way to make a group board, found that out and thought that I would start out with this portrait lesson as a collaboration reseach tool. I do believe that it is a form of discovery learning and collaboration, builds digital citizenship and promotes and engages the use of computers for learning.