Wednesday, March 7, 2012

just a random thought

As important as i think keeping ourselves updated on trends online with students as we grow older, I feel like it's important to keep something in mind: the students are probably going to know a lot more about the technology they grow up with than we are. We even encounter it ourselves, i know i've mentioned it in a past blog, but a class i'm in now almost assumes we don't know anything about basic programs we've used to write papers and make presentations since middle school, but we're basically talked to as if we don't know anything about what we're dealing with.
i feel like if we're going to try to incorporate a "new" tech into a classroom, we shouldn't assume that the students know nothing about it, but instead inquire through a survey or class discussion what they DO know about it, so that we don't spend an entire class explaining how to use something that they have been using for years.
just a though though.


  1. I agree with you. I think its evident that we all share this view as well since every presentation this semester had the phrase "I don't think it should take that long to teach them how to use____." We come from a tech background and it is constantly changing. We will fall behind as we solidify what works for us and no longer follow the trends. I agree that we mustn't forget that the students will bring a skill and literacy with them that we should never belittle or ignore.

  2. I'm kind of excited to do this as a presentation at that conference, not going to lie.