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.