Sunday, November 04, 2007

[TIPS] What do the college kids know about this stuff

David Warlick wrote a post a while back (sorry, I can't find it to link to it)  in which he mentioned being in a room with about 300 college students, almost none of them who knew what he meant by web 2.0, or "the read-write" web. I can now add my voice to that and say that I just had a similar experience. I was at the California University of PA campus on Thursday and I had a chance to speak to literally tens of.. students :-/ who were education majors. A few had blogs (facebook) but not one read a blog for professional development, not one had used a wiki and only a few knew of wikipedia. When I showed a few tools on the web they were as blown away by them as the veteran teachers that I've worked with in the past. So, if there is a course on technology integration, it does not include the new tools. And I don't mean to imply that this is unique in ANY way to CUP. I'm SURE it's not.

What can we do about this? We've got Vicki Davis and Julie Lindsay and others collaborating with classrooms from around the world. We've got Chris Lehman showing his students and backchanneling with Skype. We've got Kristin Hokanson and her teachers making a wonderful wiki on Latin America. We've got student newspapers being published using Joomla. We've got kids participating in Megaconference JR. And, we've got kids graduating as would-be teachers who know little more than the stand up and lecture modus operandi. Meanwhile, PA  is pumping hundreds of millions of dollars into the Classrooms for the Future program to show teachers OTHER ways to organize their classes and get kids involved in collaborative lessons.

There has GOT to be a way to get higher ed involved with this movement, don't you think? How?



Lee Speers said...

It has been said many times if you want to see bad teaching just visit college classrooms. Now that I am sure that is a generality at best. Let's look at who colleges get as professors. Many are researches first and as such have little knowledge of pedagogy or teaching practice. Here is my story, our HS was going to offer dual enrollment classes though the local community college. As the then current physics teacher I was asked if I would teach a dual enrollment class, I said yes. Well 20 years of high school teaching, 2 masters degrees in education, using an AP book as my base text (the same book the college used), and being a Keystone Integrator was not enough for the local CC. It seems I did not have a masters degree in physics. So it is not about teaching.

Jim Gates said...

Clearly not qualified, eh? Very sad, indeed.

The same with me. Unless I were to take the Business Praxis I couldn't go back to being a computer teacher at the high school level.