For most of us connected in cyberspace, Twitter is one of our main modes of communication and this past week, I answered the request of a fellow Twitterer. @WillyB (Ben Wildeboer) sent out a message asking if any of his PLN would be willing to do a shout-out about technology in education for a presentation. I answered his call and I thought that I would post it here on my blog. Enjoy!

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7 thoughts on “Shout-out

  1. Great post. I take the same approach in the classroom. Nice to know that there are more and more teachers who are willing to meet the kids on their terms and in their worlds.

    Thanks for sharing!

    christian

  2. Agree! Students use technology without even thinking about it, but also without getting out of it as much as they could. The part about digital citizenship is important, too. In my school, that’s something we need to pay more attention to.

  3. A solid basis for recognizing and planning for the use of technology in the classroom. As Ann notes, the digital citizenship issue is big. In fact, it’s probably the most important part of the equation. When you understand what you’re doing and who is reading/watching, the tools become the means to the end. That is the promise of technology.

  4. Nicely done Jamie! I wholeheartedly agreed. I’ve been giving my 6 year old my iPod touch and netbook from time to time and then watching her as she explores and finds things out. It just natural to her, as she’s never been without the technology. Being able to Skype face to face with relatives in other provinces is just normal to her. I want her school experience to be the same. We have the opportunity, we just need more teachers (like you) to embrace the culture of kids and use it to the best possible end. If we don’t, they are going to use it anyway, so its up to us to guide and model the use.

  5. Jamie,
    I teach high school media arts, and, boy, are we on the same wavelength – so much so that I felt like I was looking at (or reading) my own blog! I agree with some of the other comments that it’s nice to know other teachers have the same attitude and approach in their classrooms. Your shout-out nicely sums up many important points about the reality of our students and technology. Teaching students about their digital identity should be mandatory in schools – rather than happenstance.

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