READING #1: Deeper Learning (Hewlett Foundation)
READING #2: Confronting the Challenges of Participatory Culture: Media Education for the 21st Century (Executive Summary only, MIT/MacArthur Foundation)
VIDEO #1: Digital Media Empower Youth (Edutopia)
REFLECTIVE TASK QUESTIONS:
1) Using Hewlett’s definition of “deeper learning,” we (Anna and Chris) believe that Deeper learning covers:
core content knowledge
complex problem solving
working in collaboration
learning how to learn
____________ (fill in the blank)
Global perspective is our own addition. What else would you add to the list?
I would definitely add divergent thinking. It is truly a skill needed to multitask, and to achieve deep understanding. This is difficult as most people can do multiple tasks, but do they depply learn those while multitasking? Some yes, some no. It seems though that people can multitask,but the part of their bran is silent that usually focuses on deep understanding while a lighter understanind occurs based on the part of their brain that is used to lightly taking in informtion. Is that what we want, a generation who can lightly understand everything? Constantly developing a skill is to be always trying to find a better and more economical way to perform, and I feel divergent thinking is a process to strengthen the thinking process while multi tasking. There are still alot of individuals pieces of research out that show with all the pieces of technology we have, ipads, i phones, ovoo, skype, backchanneling and so much more, it might be distracting rather than beneficial?
2) How does reading #2 (Confronting the Challenges...) relate to social media and deeper learning? What are the implications for your classroom or school?
I like the fact that this organization saw many years ago a need for an increasing need to address the coming technological age. I think they pridced conflicts as well as challenges, and began investing in grants and studies to meet this needs. We just had a speaker, Marco Torres, please see this video of him:
I liked his underlying them of having alot of STUFF, but making sure the learning is evident without just a way of saying, "I use technology!" Interesting thing he did too in his presentation, he showed younger stars of their own businesses, and they used technology and innovation. Teachers did not have to use every single new bit of software out there, they just used the minor resources they had to break out and be sucessful using the technology they had available with the different needs their students had. I like the connection between showing the younger entrepreneurs here and the ones Marco showed to kick off our technology conference this past weekend.
I believe social learning has to be personal and mean something to the individual to obtain the added element of creating a passion to finish a project as well as adding creativity. I think since technology is so easily accessible, it is importat to teach students socially how to differentiate and moderate the tools that are available.
3 ) Response to video
After watching the video on learning in the classroomn in Chicago, I did feel inspired that a group of students made a push to something that normally would not. (And initiated by a teacher willing to embrace change and lose a bit of control over the classroom). Their tireless ideas became real and published (and encouraged) which I feel put a reality stamp on he idea of actual learning taking place. They will remember these classes.. A strategy I hope to use is have a variety of students (library aides) do informational videos on various aspects of the Library suh as:
the checking out laptop process, how to effectively use databases, how to access some free online tools, haow to use our online catalog system Destiny, but I would do a little at a time to process each new tool with the student and the process to make it with each student. I like the phrase, Sharing is Caring, and I see part of improving education coming from the ability to take in practices as well as give time out to peers, mentors, and others that can be taught how to operate - this is a form of deep learning; sharing with a person through peer teaching, as well as incorporating cultural Mexico in one of many ways through learning. I see some styles of learning universal, whether Washington, Chicago, or Mexico: The need for divergent thinking, collaboration, technology as a vehicle to encourage these skills that really are not new. It is quite easy to combine old school thinking with new strategies of technology, as long as a strong foundation and purpose for the technologye exists. I am all for any sort of collaboration, from Socratic discussions using Back channel methods, to literature circles, to peer mentoring and editing, using online submission programs to do the reading/checking/editing online, the possiblities are endless pending the ability of the students.
I like the idea of the Queening, as if you look at ethos, logos, and pathos, they target specific aspects in an audience, and up to a certan point, males were targeted in Nike and athletic ads, then with the advent of female athlete success, that opened up. I think the best way to change stereotypes of women are throught the trends in society, and technllogy is certainly a large one. Magazines are a large force that set many stereotypes of women, this is a great tool to empower women younger so they do not feel as if they have to fit into a certain pattern or box for society.