pay attention

From YouTube user jsdt4, a must see video. He writes:

Since most of today’s students can appropriately be labeled as “Digital Learners”, why do so many teachers refuse to enter the digital age with their teaching practices?

This presentation was created in an effort to motivate teachers to more effectively use technology in their teaching.

6 thoughts on “pay attention”

  1. i dunno aaron, i made it through about 45 seconds of this. am i the only one who finds this kind of screencasting pedantic? i felt the same way about the “awesome” explanation of web 2.0 video that was making the rounds and also every ‘screencast’ tutorial i’ve ever looked at. fast. forward.

    after all the complaining we do about how horrible powerpoint is, why is animating it supposed to be cool? are we actually teaching this in schools? ask a lot of questions and include a lot of quotes, but don’t add any original thought of your own?

    maybe it’s just not enough of a complex text for me. or maybe i’m just too far down the long tail to find this at all engaging.

  2. Different strokes, I guess. It isn’t the most complex text but that’s not the purpose as I see it. It is a solid intro to some ideas about teaching with web technology. Entering into the school realm, I can tell you that more teachers/teacher librarians need this kind of basic introduction. I was going to watch some of it again with your comments in mind, but I can’t get the darn thing to load. YouTube is 404ing!

  3. I was sorry to see no credits in the video for the music, particularly since they did provide citations throughout the piece for the other content they used. (I admit, I skipped the last 5 minutes and just jumped to the end to check for this, so if the music was credited in the middle, never mind.)

    They do give credit to the composer and indicate it is used with permission on the website listed in the video, but I’m not sure that’s sufficient, given that many people will first see it this way, embedded in a blog, and never go look at the website. This is a nit-picky comment, but at the same time, it’s a crucial element in the use of web technology for teaching (or for any purpose, really, other than plaguarism).

  4. And then there’s the digital divide. I don’t know how a teacher in a classroom with some plugged in students and others who can’t begin to afford ipods and laptops and the like would implement this. And that is where the nearly 50% of our students who won’t graduate are.

  5. I do think the content in the video was really quite good and informative, and I get why it was presented in such a format. But personally, I agree with caleb tr. I would have much preferred to have seen this, sans music and sans animation, in a blog post or rss feed somewhere. That way I could have taken away the information much more easily.

    Still, it made a very relevant point, though I’m sure it could have been made a little more ‘engaging’, especially as that was the whole point of it!

  6. The facts are interesting but this is nothing new. And, being someone who uses wikis, blogs, podcasts, whiteboards and other web2.0 tools, I think we need to take a hard look at what students are able to do. Also, we really need to get rid of the “digital native” brand as it has an implication that these students can use the digital tools. Some can’t. They need to be taught. They can listen to music and game, do a google search (most poorly) regardless of how much time they’re spending “with” the technologies. Some of the have a digital aptitude – much like your reference to Gardner’s intelligences but then there are others who have this ability and aren’t teenagers or in their twenty’s. We’re creating a barrier and if we build it too high, we can forget about having teachers think about engaging students. If there’s no hope, why try? Let’s move on from this divisiveness and spend time trying to build connections instead of telling people who are less comfortable “Don’t worry, the kids are learning playing games, trust us because you’re an immigrant and won’t understand.” How degrading! How presumptuous!
    Again, the message is okay but instead of telling, let’s show and then create.

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