Digital – the word doesn’t just scare your grandparents. It also scares Generation X, Generation Y, or any “generation” of which I would be considered a part. Digitizing life is a tough concept for people to wrap their head around and, until this point in my life, I haven’t even delved into. As a result of a course I’m currently taking, though, I’ve had my hand forced. #EDUC932, a course offered by Framingham State University and taught by Steve Katz (@stevekatz) has forced me to begin this blog, develop a twitter page (@savill20), use various photo modification software, and basically step into the new century (albeit 16 years late).
My digital footprint is very small at the moment, but I am enjoying developing this blog, increasing my personal learning network via twitter and learning new ways to teach digitally. I plan to continue becoming more active on twitter, blogging, and developing the multimedia aspects of my lessons including teaching the basic skills my students will need. Let’s get digital!
I believe I can become a better presenter if I stop trying to use presentation software to bombard my students with information. Often times, particularly when introducin
g new vocabulary, I have tried (with good intentions) to put as much information about a words as possible on a particular. In most cases, I would have synonyms and antonyms, a picture, sample sentences, and the part of speech smashed into a PowerPoint slide. After thinking about how to simplify, I will simply put the word, a picture, and a sample sentence on the slide. Then, I can illicit the part of speech, synonyms, and antonyms from the students. This will allow them to be more actively involved in the lesson, and the slides won’t seem as crowded. After the students have gotten the gist of it, they’ll probably be able to use these words more easily. Simply put: simplify! In this case,less is more.
Last week, the International Society for Technology in Education International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) released their newest standards for students. Of the seven, I believe Global Collaborator is the most important standard for my students because communication skills themselves are of utmost importance in a world that continues to become more interconnected. Additionally, learning the programs necessary to facilitate that communication will enhance their experience by giving it a global feeling. If my students can manage this, they will begin to feel more empowered and confident about their communication skills, technological literacy, and writing ability. I believe this empowerment and confidence will eventually lead them to become empowered learners, digital citizens, and ultimately more creative, collaborative, and culturally conscious.
I will collaborate with educators worldwide to find another classroom with which my students can begin communicating (i.e. pen pals). Doing this will give my students a place to begin their digital communication, then they will understand what it means to communicate in the digital world.