Gerhard Fischer describes the beauty and importance of social connection, “Although creative individuals are often thought of as working in isolation, much human creativity arises from activities that take place in a social context.” It is not different than what Alec said in his presentation, ” We should not underestimate the value of connection”. And this is what Wesch said in his anthropological introduction to YouTube, ” Media is not just content, it is just not a tool of communication. Media mediate human relation, when media change then human relationship change”.
Being a teacher, I think we should accept the digital reality of our kids and it is our social and ethical responsibility now to educate our future citizens who are more responsible online. We should embrace and adopt technology as it relates to our students, it is emerging, and changing lives of young people. Kids are more into making world wide connections now, as Alec talked about his 4 year old daughter, how she wants to make her makeup videos and how she is aware that she is not doing it just for herself but it will end up in the world wide web.
Kids are born in digital world and I will have to keep this fact in mind for my future classroom. As Alec mentioned, “if we can google it, why teach it”. So, teaching is more challenging now. I will have to adopt such teaching styles and practices that are different than the old traditional methods, and technology would be the best additional tool. I really liked the video that Alec shared with us where a girl learns how to dance just by watching YouTube video. I think “passion” is the key to success in learning. The internet generation is passionate about technology and the digital world and if I know how to combine it with teaching and learning in my classroom, could help my students be passionate about learning as well. If a kid can learn from a YouTube video how to dance by playing it again and again then I would try to make my teaching practice as a YouTube video where students can access it when they need it to learn what they have missed. An example of it is ecmp355 class recording, we can get back to it if we miss the class or a portion of it.
I think there should be technology in my classroom, but there will also be some rules. Students should be introduced to technology but in a way which also help them to be a good digital citizens. I think schools also play an important role here, they will have to promote the culture of new participation and to welcome this social change. Schools and teachers can make this transition to the digital world more successful by working collaboratively. Schools will have to plan better strategies on how to bridge the gaps by accepting the value of connections and by understanding that there are new forms of expressions, new forms of identity and new forms of communication. I think, schools and teachers should work hand in hand to create more responsible and ethical students which will help to give digital citizenship a better value, a better prospectus, a better culture, a better future and a better mind set.
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