Monday, August 11, 2008

[TIPS] How would you teach THESE kids?

http://21stcenturylearning.typepad.com/blog/2008/08/need-motivation.html

I'm a big fan of Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach, the author of the blog (above). Today's post came to me via the education group email from Diigo, as someone had posted it there. While I'm still going to stick with Delicious, that grouping and email thing in Diigo IS very nice.

But I digress.

Watch one or more of the videos in this blog post. They're from youtube, so you'll have to use your teacher override to the filter to see it. (You DO have that override ability, don't you?) These videos show three different students who are presenting a tutorial about some software for the Mac. That part is immaterial. The important thing here is to watch and then ask yourself, "Will I be able to REALLY engage this student using the 'traditional' methods of teaching?" These kids are publishing themselves giving tutorials. They are well thought out, very well done, and were NOT done as a homework assignment.

And then ask yourself this, "Is it still considered to be OK for us to say, 'I'm just not good with computers'?"

As Sheryl says, "Let's quit talking about it and roll up our sleeves and change our classrooms and schools into meaningful learning nodes in our students' network of learning choices."

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