At ISTE 2012 Intel is exploring Digital Age classrooms from the students’ perspective as Curators of Knowledge and the teachers perspective delivering instruction in the online teaching environment. What are you seeing at ISTE that support and/or challenge these ideas?
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I am not at ISTE, but this is a topic of interest- I look forward to hearing what you attendees are seeing and hearing.
Personally, I believe we might instead look at students and teachers as co-curators of information (knowledge is not quite the same to me) on a path toward "education." We used to have a fairly commonly-agreed-upon idea of what "an education" would consist of. Now, not so much.
As to the "teacher's" role in delivery of online instruction...well, I believe that is one way for the teacher (facilitator) to show students how to go about effective and efficient curation of the knowledge they gather. Instructional facilitators have the opportunity to lead students to resources, help them evaluate resources, help them define and refine questions or problems students want to tackly, and then reinforce students in their lines of inquiry, and evaluate student learning in the process.
Does any of this correlate to what you are hearing?
Curation is King of Knowledge in Social Media and the Art of : searching, selecting, sharing/bookmarking , organizing, interaction, communication, The Internet Curator's role is to seek on the web information related to a specific domain, filter them, select them, organise, share and present them in a unique way. I speack about my research in Curation Restart Education free project http://bit.ly/credproject at Intel Teach Essentials training in Prague .
Found my third coin. I am not at the conference but this is a topic that is very important today. The digital age is here and we must imbrace it and use it to help our students be the best they can be. I find some days that the students know more about the technology than me and I invite them to show me what they know so I can share their knowledge as well.
In our digital age collaboration can shorten the long distances and bring us closer to each other. Social media sights are playing a crucial role in empowering our generation with literacy and keeping them aware and informed around the clock. A teacher can incorporate collaboration tools easily that web 2.0 offers like Ning, Myspaces, wikispaces, and edublog can be useful in this regard.
I also am not at ISTE this year. I, however, have been asked by peers in my district to help them "flip their classrooms." It is interesting that no district support for such "flipped classrooms" has happened yet. One teacher works with students in an alternative school and feels he must change what he is doing. His students have not succeeded in a traditional classroom and may therefore continue struggling unless change is made. I'm pleased he has the support of his principal - I hope for the best for him and his students.
What other suggestions do you all have that I can pass on to a teacher in this situation?
I have not "flipped" my classroom. I, however, often create a short podcast about the topic or lab from the day's class. Each of these videos is designed to help a student who was absent or struggled to understand the day's concept. Over the past two years, I have deleted some videos because they were either too long or too hard for students to grasp the concept. The good news is that over these past two years, my student's pass rate on their state science test increased by 15%. I hope to continue raising this pass rate with better podcasts in future years.