This week’s favorite article hand’s down, was How To Use Social Media in Education (part 1 of 2). I am now extremely curious about RSA Animate. I will be checking out that website. This incredible video was posted using RSA animate:
Ask anyone in my family, I have been nattering on about how our school system is a remnant of industrialization all year. There has got to be a better way. I do believe as new teachers we will see a huge revolution in education over our careers. Schools are not needed in the same way they were when they came into existence. My 13 year old son does not see the point of school, and honestly most days, I wonder why I am sending him. My rant goes like this:
Once industrialization hit, people who were experts at something gained an advantage and rose above peasant-hood because the factory owners needed them. Middle class was born. Education became a way out of poverty. Fast forward to 2015, education does not always promise a better life. Middle class is more accurately called upper poverty and many of the new rich people have little education.
The above mentioned video says ” Education is modelled on the interests of Industrialization and in the image of it.” Boo-ya!
Secondary education is built on people putting in time to classes, which may or may not help them with their future career. It’s like jail with a price tag attached.
This remnant of Industrialization has become big business. You put in hard work, dedication, and 20,000, and you get a career. You learn how to do your career once you are out in the field, which begs the question, why did I just go to university for 4+ years? Of course some professions, such as medicine are built on field experience, because people’s lives depend on it. Thank goodness! I think more professions need to follow this model.
Now, as hard as it may be to believe, I don’t always voice my opinions openly. After all, I am becoming a teacher and it may not be appropriate to criticize a system I plan to be a part of. Obviously most people are okay with the system and have accepted it. Anyone with weird ideas about it maybe considered, well, a weirdo. I don’t mean to be a pot-stirring weirdo, Another reason I feel awkward voicing my opinions about education, is that I do not have the answers of how to change things. Anyone can be a poo-pooer. True innovators have ideas to along with their poo-pooing! I do not. I am always wondering if there is a better way to do things. When my child argues with me and makes many valid points, I don’t feel right telling him “because that’s the way it is.”
This How To Use Social Media in Education (part 1 of 2) article also included a video which pointed out the ability of social media to give educators ideas. That is definitely a huge perk of technology for educators today. I am a HUGE fan of Pinterest. Teachers use Pinterest.
Another quote I appreciated from this article is, “Thus, the role of school has shifted from being the source of knowledge to the validator & applier of knowledge.” They make many other great points under the heading Shifting Role of Educators, that is worth checking out.
We must teach students how to use technology responsibly and how to filter information.
Which brings me to my next point. In this course, we have been bombarded with technological information. I have started to filter information without meaning to. To me, articles such as, Twitter Makes Me a Better Educator, and Free Technology for Teachers DO NOT make the “read list”. They hardly make the “skim” list. They make the “too much information to read and decipher” list. Everyone learns differently, so I understand that while those article were not my cup of tea, they may be helpful to others. I want to talk to real teachers who are in real classrooms teaching real students. They know which technological tools are an asset and which ones take more time to learn/use than they have in a day. Not only will these individuals be able to offer me insight into what works, but they will be able to show me how it works. Today. Right now.
You see technology is changing rapidly and learning how to use a technological tool today does not ensure that I will not have to re-learn how to use it tomorrow. Does it mean I should not learn? No! Remember this:
It means I will have a better handle on what is worth learning and re-learning.
Ahhhh, Twitter. Justin Tarte, in the previously mentioned article (poo-pooed it), loves Twitter. I do not know much about Twitter, and I promise to give it an honest try. However, my first impression is that it is a great marketing tool. If you are a blogger, business, or person looking to grow your following I think Twitter is a great tools for you. Otherwise, Justin makes it sound like a lot of time and extra work and I’m not convinced it is time well wasted. I would be curious to talk to local teachers to see how many of them use Twitter and how. #notafan
Learning thought process: (When this blog goes viral, I will use Twitter. Hmmm… maybe Twitter can help this blog go viral. But… it will look suspicious if I am the one tweeting my own blog!)
I joined Twitter because it was part of Module 3, and checked in today to find an article that resonated with me on @edutopia. The article is Social Media at School: Teaching Safety on the Virtual Playground and it just makes sense. It talks about teaching students how to use technology responsibly, safely, and how to sift through information. Now that is information they could use and in my mind that is what education should be about!
Maybe Twitter will grow on me, after all!
I stand by my reflection last week. Moderation is key.