Teaching in the 21st Century
In Kevin Roberts, "Teaching in the 21st Century", he shows how the education system is undergoing an evolution. Roberts shows that education must harness the advantages being created through technology. He argues that teaching today must now become more about going beyond teaching facts to the student, but also about how showing students how to use this information. By using social methods such as Twitter, Facebook, You Tube, and Blogger, students will be able to not only have their own voice on a subject, but also be able to compare their own with others around the world. This system creates a forum in which this knowledge can be interpreted and mastered by both parties of the discussion. Roberts points out that students now have instant access to unlimited information, this leads to educators adapting their roles in order to allow the students to maximize their skills in the use of this knowledge. He raises excellent points about the future role of teachers in the future. I do agree that we, as educators, must adapt to a new generation of teaching in order to best cultivate our student's skills in all aspects of their lives.
The Networked Student
"The Networked Student" shows how learning will take on a new form in the 21st century. Instead of only having one source for information on a subject, the teacher, students will now be able to rely upon multiple sources in order to learn. By using Podcasts, iTunes U, Blogs, and making social connections, students will be able to create a more rounded curriculum on any given subject. Through the utilization of all the information hubs, students will have the ability to learn at a higher rate than ever before. Teachers will now be a tool that will assist the student in creating this network of knowledge as opposed to being the only source of the knowledge.
Harness Your Students' Digital Smarts
Davis uses all forms of technology in order to teach her class. She states that just using paper and pencil leads to some students not being able to fulfill their highest potential. I agree with her argument that technology use in the classroom allows each student to be able to have a higher ceiling of learning as well as obtaining a greater mastery of the material.
The creation of a more globally connected course allows for her students to experience other parts of the world that they had never had access to before.
Flipping the Classroom
I had never heard of the approach of "flipping" prior to viewing this video. I can definitely see how this method would be a more beneficial form of learning for the students. By allowing the students to know the information that they will be working on the day before, they will have a general understanding before entering the classroom. It also gives them the ability to be able to teach and learn it on their own. By having the "lecture" portion of the assignment already completed, the educator now has more time to work with each group or individual students that may need some assistance.