I love that these students have a vision! And that the realize they need a change, and are even beginning to come up with solutions on their own. What I take from this video is that we should never discount our students. They are smart, I’d argue that they are smarter than us. They know so much more than we do, and are going to know so much more than we ever have. When it comes to content we may have them beat for now, but these kids are so smart and so resourceful… That is where we need to come in. We need to teach them skills and avenues toward content knowledge. They are going to use skills and resources, and methods way more than they are ever going to use facts.
This guy was hilarious. I’m struggling to find the relevance to education, but that’s because I’m a 60 year old woman stuck in a 25 year old’s body. But I love Instagram too, so that’s what drew me to the video. His guide is on point, and it’s helpful and I wish I could show this video to everyone on Instagram.
How can I relate this to learning? Well, other than learning how to Instagram, I think I can relate this to a few things we’ve covered so far. I have a story about a student of mine using Instagram to get himself an in with a surf company. It kind of reminds me of Logan Laplante, and his hackschooling. My student was picked up by a surf company that liked his instagram videos, and now my student is learning (through experience) the pros and cons of being sponsored and what that means for a teen trying to go pro. Which is something every kid dreams about, and can never learn from a traditional classroom setting.So Instagram taught my student, and probably lots of other learners throughout the world, the power of an online presence and how to promote himself.
A Resident is someone who uses the internet. They have an online presence, they use social media, they collaborate with people online, and they communicate with others online.
A visitor is someone who uses the internet much less. The use of internet is to look something up, book something, quick on and off. Not to communicate or share.
I am somewhere in between resident and visitor I think. Or maybe I mean to say I am a lowly resident. If that makes sense. I actively participate in social media (Facebook and Instagram) but that is very small and only with friends and family. I’m pretty “oldschool” when it comes to that. Since starting this EDSS 530 class I have taken to blogging. So maybe I am growing as a resident! I am beginning to share a bit more. I am seeing “the web as a social space” more so now.
Logan LaPlante mentions Generation Z a lot. That’s what he considers himself and the students we are teaching now. He doesn’t think he is a child prodigy, he thinks he’s what is soon going to be normal for his generation.
The type of learning he does is much different than the type of schooling we did when we were his age. He doesn’t preach traditional schooling, but he doesn’t preach sitting in front of a computer either. He just wants to be happy, healthy, and creative. So his type of learning is very organic, fluid, and ever changing and adapting to his life and learning style. He uses the word opportunistic a few times, and goes on to talk about his internships. This is a very interesting view on schooling. His internships teach him process, skills, math, collaboration, marketing,art, etc.
In watching the TED Talk with Michael Wesch, he says that it is “‘ridiculously easy’ to
I think of the U.S. history I took in high school. We opened the book, read handout packets, filled out those cheesy history papers… When I think about the E.L./Sped U.S. history class I assist in right now; the students walk in, pick up their computers, go to Google Docs, open their assignment, collaborate on whatever it is they are doing, they make presis,Google Slides, they make videos… It’s a night and day difference. The students with computers have never once opened up their textbooks! It’s interesting, and offers a cool way to individualize and differentiate learning. And I mean, these are students who are speaking English at low low levels, or have learning disabilities, and they are easily doing these things. It’s so cool to do and see. It makes me want computers in my classroom!
I love Google Classroom. I am using it in my clinical practice right now, and the kids love it. It took a little getting used to, because as I've mentioned we don't have computers for my students. So I introduced Google classroom at the same time I introduced the research project during our first of a handful of trips down to the computer lab... Lesson learned. I definitely should have introduced the research paper and shown them Google Classroom from my computer before going to the computer lab. I thought I was bas with technology, it was 45 hands at once with three or more questions each... But we powered through it, and they have less questions each trip to the computer lab. It's not an ideal situation, but it's a cool way to keep the research paper paperless. It hasn't been smooth, but I think it's grown on all of us and we are enjoying it now.
Using Gooru I created a lesson that incorporated technology into a previous lesson created wit my classmate Yannick. We created a unit facing social injustices in post WWII American society and today. You will see that I have created a mock Gooru that could be used by students to access everything they need for the lesson.
I want to start this post off by sharing a cool Instagram story about one of my students. This student is a surfer, photographer, and videographer. He said that he was posting some of his “edits” on instagram and that a surf company started liking his edits. Then the surf company began to follow him on Instagram. Then, also through Instagram, the surf company direct messaged this student with a sponsorship opportunity! He has been able to get some free merchandise, and he now sports their stickers on his board so when he puts videos online that surf company is represented. That’s a cool instagram story.
Speaking of stories, Chimamanda Adichie’s TED Talk The Danger of a Single Story was an interesting view on storytelling. She warns about not exploring different stories, and how not telling multiple stories can cause misconceptions. As a history teacher, this is entirely true! Students must explore more than the dead white man’s history. And they should explore it (or find the story, if yu will) in multiple different ways!
Allow your students to talk, they are teens, they value social encounters.
Working with technology
Learning by doing. We work with 21st century learners, keep it relevant.
Connecting the real world to the work we do/project based learning
Again, keep it relevant. Learning should be relevant to their lives, not just the textbook.
Clearly love what you do
Be enthusiastic about the material, but also be enthusiastic about teaching.
Get me out of my seat!
It’s important to get students moving. If you have block periods, chunk up the learning, do some stretches, gallery walks, etc.
Bring in visuals
Pictures, tables, movies, etc.
Allows students to feel more confident about their work.
Understand your clients -- the kids
Be confident in your students’ abilities.
Mix it up!
Don’t be a boring teacher. Don’t be that teacher that plays a movie everyday, or does a partner poster everyday… Keep them on their toes.
It’s OK to have fun with your kids.
-Using this article as a guide, I can totally commit to moving my students around more and getting them up out of their seats, I can commit to bringing more visuals into the class, and I can commit to keeping them guessing on what we are going to be doing in class.
Instagram ELE Challenge
-This prepares them to practice internet safety. It allows them to become familiar with the potential of people seeing their profiles. By working online they are able to work with more than they are able to do in class. So by using hashtags and such they can get many more people involved with more resources than they can in a traditional classroom setting.
Instagram Scavenger Hunt
-This is a cool way to hold students accountable for doing work while on a fieldtrip. It’s an alternative to a piece of paper and a pen, but it’s a crazier way to grade. So it’s really up to you and how long you want to spend grading. I can’t say I’d use this activity in my classroom, but who knows. If I were to use it, I would do so at the end of a unit as a review activity. Or maybe as a character/historical figure analysis activity.
Instagram ELE A New Approach
-I think the writer is experiencing a lot of collaboration with this hashtag. They are basically having research being not only done but almost created for them. It’s a great way to cut your work down as a blogger.
It's not you it's me. (She said to the idea of ever Twitter Chatting again). It was cool to see so many people collaborating and enjoying the conversation... But I'm not a Twitter Chat kinda girl. I came, I tried, I somewhat conquered. You can view the Storify I made of this particular Twitter Chat below. This chat was a little different from the others as she posed discussion questions without looking for an answer specifically. It wasn't in the Q and A post and response format. This was definitely more my pace and my style!
I tried a Twitter chat... It's definitely not my style, but it is an experience I can now say I had! I made a Storify of my participation in the Twitter Chat, you can view that below. I think I'm typo-city throughout my tweets. But holy cow it was all happening very quickly. I give myself an A for effort. Because this was madness.