Today the Middle School participated in the last day of this year’s edJEWcon. Grade 8 students presented a session on The Sunflower Project (more on this later), and the entire Middle School attended the closing keynote address by Steve Hargadon, director of Web 2.0 Labs. A consultant on educational technology, specifically on social networking, he shared his thoughts on how new technology is changing learning practices and expectations for teaching and learning. The students used laptops, iPads and other tablets, as well as iPhones/Smartphones to backchannel (a record and running commentary of the event in real time) Steve’s presentation. Here are some highlights from student notes.
- Learning models are changing @Shelby W. and Montgomery P. 10:13 AM, 30 Apr 2013.
- 75 years ago you knew most of what you are going to need for work. Now we recognize you learn a lot in the real world. @Sabrina M. at 10:15 AM, 30 Apr 2013
- Yes learning models are changing. Also learning tools are changing. @Sydney T. and Sarah S. at 10:15 AM, 30 Apr 2013
- Years ago people would learn by reading from books and write everything down by hand. Now we do almost everything on laptops or i-Pads. @Samuel S. at 10:17 AM, 30 Apr 2013
People are learning from technology. @Lily h. at 10:17 AM, 30 Apr 2013
- Mike Fisher says education the way we know it is going to completely change. @Mrs. Hernandez at 10:17 AM, 30 Apr 2013
- Finding ways to contribute that are valuable to students in our community. @Sabrina M. at 10:17 AM, 30 Apr 2013
- A tech shift ➡ a culture shift ➡ an education shift. @Reesa Z. at 10:17 AM, 30 Apr 2013
- Responsibilities and expectations. @Joey P. at 10:18 AM, 30 Apr 2013
Lifelong learning. @Avi chai L. at 10:18 AM, 30 Apr 2013
Back then, we used to send letters by mail. Now we have been sending emails, text messages, etc. Technology is allowing us to share information as it is happening.Julia K. at 10:20 AM, 30 Apr 2013
Rapid change is right. I can think of so many devices I don’t think I can write[sic] them all down! @Rachel L. at 10:21 AM, 30 Apr 2013
Students will have to take a math EOC on a computer, we were not traditionally taught to do math on a computer. I think we should change. @Daniel N. at 10:20 AM, 30 Apr 2013
Need to educate next gen differently. @Avi chai L. at 10:20 AM, 30 Apr 2013
I think our ideas on education will change. More schools [are] about technology, like coding computers and using things like Scratch.info everywhere. @Joey P. at 10:21 AM, 30 Apr 2013
- The tech shift will change the culture shift and the culture shift will change education. @Joshua F. at 10:21 AM, 30 Apr 2013
- Phones can now be used by online learning over the internet, the same usage the laptop is for.Joshua F. at 10:40 AM, 30 Apr 2013
The 6th grade agrees with Joshua F. Now the question becomes, with technology changing the way we learn, why shouldn’t we use all kinds of technology in our classrooms – including Smartphones?