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Reflections on Instructional Technology and Media

Times are Changing: New Literacies Collaborative October 18, 2007

On Tuesday, I was in Raleigh at the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at a day-long session on Literacy & Learning in the 21st Century. Below are some of the highlights from this workshop.

James Bell – NC Teacher of the Year

  • Teachers often feel that technology is coming at them so fast and they are expected to use it. They often feel overwhelmed.
  • Students are coming to us submerged in technology.
  • How do educators use the background knowledge and information to engage students?

Tracy’s thought: We waste a lot of time in our curriculum teaching students to do outdated tasks. For instance, Bibliographies – how important is it to really know how to cite a reference in a specific style? Why do students need to know where the period goes and the order the information needs to be in? In the 21st century, isn’t it more important to know that it is important to cite the reference – and to do it ?! Why are we spending time teaching students how to cite in a specific style when they can go online and enter in the required information, click a button and then have the citation come out in whatever style is needed?

We can no longer be just technology smart or technology competitive – we have to lead the world in technology.

Hiller Spires – Professor & Senior Research Fellow, Friday Institute

Research Findings: What Do Students Want Their Teachers to Know and Do?

New Literacies (AKA):

  • multiliteracies
  • new literacies
  • new med
  • media literacies
  • multimodal literacies

FI New Literacies is drawing on research from:

  • Donald Leu – Online Comprehension and Navigation
  • Henry Jenkins – Web 2.0 Literacies – New Literacies Framework
  • James Gee – Game Based Literacies

How is the Internet redefining what it means to be literate in the 21st century?

Afternoon breakout sessions – Music as a New Literacy for Science Learning

This was a fun interactive session. FI’s Curriculum and Current Media Specialist, Lodge McCammon, teamed up with 8th grade science teacher, Nicole Cebula, from Frankin Academy to compose, create, and record songs in which the content is drawn directly from the 8th grade science curriculum and the sound is very modern resulting in a catchy song that students will want to sing over and over again. Ms. Cebula uses these songs in place of notes for some units and films a music video of the song for each class she teaches. The result is a high level of engagement from her students and an increase in motivation to come to school and participate in science. Now, if only we could clone Lodge!!!!

In the breakout session, we created our own music video which you can see here.

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