Who You’re Teaching

By now everyone should have completed the first 2 pages of your website. Please see me if this is not the case.

Chapter One: You should have signed in and turned in your Reading Guide by now. Thinking back on chapter one, what was the most interesting or most important thing you read? Jot your answer on the Wallwisher Wordwall.

Part One: Who are you teaching?

Digital Immigrants vs. Digital Natives – Which one are you?

One of the most exciting parts of teaching is meeting your students. There aren’t many careers where every year (or every semester) you get the pleasure of meeting anywhere from 20-100 new people. It’s really one of the gifts of the job. Good teachers know their students. Better teachers understand their students. One path to knowing your students is to understand their generation.

On the front of your index card describe how you learn new things. On the back of your index card, describe how you think your parents and professors learn.

Read about the Class of 2014.

Students you will teach (and any of you born after 1982) are sometimes called “digital natives,” a phrase coined by Marc Prensky. Most of the teachers you’ve had are considered “digital immigrants”. Here’s a video of some “digital natives” talking about their lives.

Read this more recent blog post and discuss your reactions with your pod: Digital Natives: Fact or Fiction?

For Friday:

Digital Generation Reflection: These four questions are considered your Digital Generation Reflection from our Project List. No need to print out your answers, I’ll show you how to embed it on a page in your website on Friday.

Based on this presentation, class discussion, readings, videos, and your personal opinion – respond to the following questions in a new Google Doc (http://docs.google.com) – use the same log in you use for Google Sites.

  • Do you see yourself as a digital native or a digital immigrant? Why? How does that impact your potential to meet the needs of your future students?
  • What are some key points about the digital generation with which you agree? With which you disagree?
  • Read “Digital Nativism” by Jamie McKenzie. Revisit what we talked about in class. Who is right? Who is wrong? What does this mean for teaching and learning in your classroom?
  • Write a summary for the Class of 2025 (current third graders) like the Beloit College Mindset List. What would their Mindset list look like? What historical events happened before 2004 (the year they were born) that will have a different meaning for you than it will for them? Just include 5 or 6 items.
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