Wow. What a wealth of information this week. There were so many things to review and think about that I don’t even know where to start.
I loved watching videos where different people talked about all the different ways that technology helps so many other people. I think there are so many people who don’t even know all the ways that technology can be used to make lives easier for so many people. I was very interested in the video by Ginny Greham. She spoke about all the advantages of having technology in the medical field. All in all, it just reminded me of the differences that people have, espically generational. For example… I do all of my banking, insurance, bills, you name it, on the internet. I hate getting paper statments in the mail. Just the opposite is my mom. She is a brilliant paper mananager, and doesn’t do a lot on the computer when it comes to personal matters. She uses facebook, and has a smart phone, but somethings she likes to keep as they were.
All of that is to say that young people are growing up in a generation of technology all around us. My almost 2 year old opened up our ipad and was looking for a show on Netflix the other day. We can’t avoid it! We don’t try to teach him these things, it’s like they are engrained into their heads (i’m sure his sister is no help…NOT!)
After watching the videos, I took at a look at the NETS standards….Since I teach first grade, it’s hard to see how I encorpoarte all of these into my classroom. Kids can’t get on a computer and do a research project, but they can learn how to type and use a keyboard. There are games that they play and things on the computer can be used as rewards. KIDS LOVE TECHNOLOGY. In my room, they are surrounded with it. There are student computers here, we use a promethean board (like a smart board), they use iPods with their book buddies…. It’s everywhere. There are things that I’m waiting to show them until later in the year as well. Even though these guys don’t do too much on their own, they are using technology and SEEING technology being used all the time. I LOVE IT.
I think the most important standard here is this one: Digial Citizenship.It’s number 5 on the student page (it is also addressed in the teacher ones, just different words.) Basically, it just talks about the fact that kids need to be able to know how to be safe, ethical, use appropriate behavior, and take personal responsiblity for what they do with technology. Kids need to be told and SHOWN how to do things correctly. The next one I think that is really important is “troubleshoot systems and applications.” (#6) Kids need to know how to fix stuff, end of story.
I think these standards are good, more teachers should look at them. I highlighted many more standards than they ones I mentioned, I just think that these 2 are the most important. My number one is how to be safe on the internet/using technology. I think parents need to set some rules (for facebook, use of phones, etc.) It all starts at home. Teachers can’t do it all, but teachers need to be saying the same things. The digital world can be a scarry place, they need to be taught how to live in it…because frankly, they do. There is no way to get around it.