Something for educators to think about

We live in a fast-moving, hyper-connected, ultra-informed world. Technology is not something young people ‘learn’, it is part of their fiber and being. Educators need to be aware and come to the table with learning tools that speak to our young people today. We need to teach them in the way that they learn. Knowledge is power. Technology is the tool that can impart that knowledge.

Enjoy this updated video! It’s definitely something to think about!

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6 Responses to Something for educators to think about

  1. September says:

    So, how do you know the information you are reading on the internet is accurate? Can you detect writer bias? Do you know the difference between an informational database and a search engine? When you watch news coverage on TV you will see a difference in reporting when you compare Fox News to MSN. What about fact vs. opinion? You don’t have to be an expert to create a webpage or a YouTube video. There’s a lot to teach here. Our students need to be effective users of ideas and information. While it might be second nature for our young people to reach for their electronic devices when they need to know something, they may not have the skills to sort through the information they find. We all need these skills.

  2. Nikole says:

    I taught elementary computer literacy the last 2 years in Dekalb. And even though we had an SLO for the class, it’s not an actual “class”. There is no official curriculum for it (I suggested convening a summer session with those of us that teach it to actually develop one and never got a response). Whether your school has one is at the discretion of the principal and I think that is shameful, especially in Region 5, where I worked. The only access to technology and digital information these kids often got, came at school. And with standardized testing being online now, it’s even important that our kids get basic computer skills like keyboarding starting in kindergarten. I’m moving on to being a media specialist next year, but I’ll continue to advocate for the need of having elementary computer literacy classes.

  3. booksrkool2 says:

    Nikole,
    Having some expertise in the field of which you will be embarking, I have two questions:
    When will you have time to advocate for this class?
    Are you prepared to teach this class while you are developing your skills as a media specialist?
    Please note that these are rhetorical questions.

  4. We hope many of you will do what you can to at least lift up your own local schools. Here’s a good one to start with >> School Crashers is coming to our own Woodward Elementary — and they are looking for volunteers >>

    Georgia United Credit Union Call for Volunteers for
    Woodward Elementary School Crashers Makeover on July 17 & 18
    DeKalb County (May 26, 2015) Because of the shared strength and civic pride that occurs whenever our community supports our school systems – Georgia United Credit Union invites you to get involved in their 2nd annual School Crashers school improvement project @ Woodward Elementary School this summer. Woodward is a Title 1 School built in 1958 and located at 3034 Curtis Drive, NE in Atlanta, near Cross Keys High School. This “school makeover” project will take place the weekend of July 17 and 18, so the project will be completed in time for the new school year in August.
    Join Georgia United in working alongside school and community volunteers in partnership with the DeKalb County School System – to provide improvement projects like building and grounds renovations – to enhance the learning environment for Woodward’s 1,030 students and 100 faculty and staff. Woodward Elementary was chosen from hundreds & hundreds of nominations from schools across the state, to receive a Georgia United’s 2015 School Crashers grand prize.
    How can you help? There are several ways you can be involved:
     By volunteering:
    o Especially if you have painting, landscaping or construction skills – we need skilled crew leaders!
    o No matter what skill level you are, any and all people are encouraged to volunteer as we’ll need lots of volunteers to work around the Woodward building and grounds.
    o Bi-lingual volunteers are especially needed as many of the volunteer parents will be Hispanic
     Through an in-kind donation (paint, equipment, landscaping plants, etc.)
    o And, if you’d like to donate food or water for our volunteers – we need you as well!
     Through corporate donations to fund extra school improvements (benches, stage curtains, etc.)
     Learn more at georgiaunitedcu.org or by calling 770.476.6409 for more information.
    If you or your civic group would like to volunteer or supply materials for Georgia United’s School Crashers event for all or part of either day – Friday, July 17 and Saturday, July 18 – let us know! Simply complete our volunteer application or donor form at http://www.georgiaunitedcu.org/schoolcrashers today.
    If your school was nominated and not this year’s School Crashers Winner, stay tuned for additional announcements of “runners up” schools who will receive mini-grants for their own improvement projects later this summer.
    About Georgia United Credit Union
    Georgia United Credit Union is ranked as one of the top credit unions in Georgia in both size and safety at over $1 Billion in assets, 135,000 members and 17 branch locations. Georgia United seeks to make members’ lives easier by offering products, services and education to help members meet their needs and achieve their goals.
    Georgia United Credit Union serves all State Agency employees, Board of Regents colleges and universities, employees of over 500 companies and 11 county school systems.

  5. Nikole says:

    @booksrkool2
    LOL. I am absolutely no longer teaching the class. I don’t even know that the Principal of the school I’m leaving will continue having the class. I’ll continue to talk to District officials about it, but I have no time for anything other than learning to be a great media specialist!

  6. Today, the Friedman Foundation and Braun Research, Inc. released the annual Schooling in America Survey, which outlines Americans’ views on and attitudes toward hot topics in K-12 education, including:

    education spending (perceived vs. actual), 
    school type preferences, 
    public and private school choice, 
    standardized testing, 
    accountability, 
    Common Core, and more.
    

    For additional information, go to the full report linked below where you can access our methodology, questionnaire, and a helpful slide show of fast findings.

    http://www.edchoice.org/Research/Reports/2015-Schooling-in-America-Survey–Perspectives-on-School-Choice–Common-Core–and-Standardized-Testing.aspx

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