Communication Malfunction

Do Digital Natives Really Suck at Communicating Face-to-Face?

The fact that the title uses the word “suck” instead of “have a hard time” or “Face-to Face Communication: Difficult for Digital Natives” leads me to believe that the author might be a digital native themselves.

What this article says is absolutely true!  My brother and sister are 23 and 22 respectively and they were ever so ecstatic when online pizza ordering became a reality because neither one of them wanted to pick up the phone and call to order it OR answer the door when it finally arrived.  I would try to force them but it became so problematic that I just threw up my hands and said “to hell with it.”  A lot of young people would rather communicate through email or text messaging than go meet with something face to face.  I think it is a responsibility of this generation who is straddling the line between the old ways and the new digital way to make sure that their children aren’t afraid to look someone in the eye.  If you can’t look at someone’s face then you have no business talking to them.  The article mentioned that younger people aren’t very empathic.  This could be a reason why cyber bullying is becoming a problem and why people feel the need to put other people down because there is a sort of disconnect when you aren’t faced with the person you are making fun of and it leads you to become more of an unforgiving person.

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What the Children Will See.

So I am coming to terms with the fact that I do not know technology as well as I thought I was, the word “Digital Native” obliviously isn’t what I am , I am more of in the middle. I know I have a lot to learn, and I know what I learn can be used in the classroom. So I decided to look up ways that Web 2.0 in the classroom and first I was surprised that in the search engine after the word ‘the” a lot of different options popped up like, workplace, library, and future. But for today I only looked at one about in the classroom. Looking up charts about web 2.0 in the classroom showed me that people are collaborating this with Bloom’s Taxonomy of Learning Domains. Each learning domain has different web 2.0 applications that can help with that particle domain.
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What ways can it be used in the classroom? So how can this be used in the classroom? Does it need to be a part of a child’s learning space? How can this benefit a student when in the classroom? So today I’m going to focus on the first question:

What ways can it be used in the classroom?         

So I found the article ‘Web 2.0 in the Classroom” by Barbara Bray and Melissa Alden. They have things on here that I have never heard of before. The article is divided into sections that these new web based programs can help in brainstorming, reading and writing, presentations, and collaborating. So I take two and discuss two in another post.

In the section about Brainstorming they discuss a program called Poll Everywhere. So I went to the website and I was shocked. The teacher can assign a question or topic and the students can text their answers in, creating a poll for the entire class to see. The teacher can look at the process of changing percentages with the information that the students give back. Reading and exploring the website, all types of teaching ideas popped into my head, but kindergarteners really won’t be able to use this, unless I put in the information for which defeats the purpose.

But another application was Wordle, which was a part of the Reading and Writing Section and also in the remembering spectrum of bloom’s taxonomy. This program makes word clouds of different color themes and shapes. This program takes any piece of writing and takes out the most used words from the piece. They give a good example that can be used in even my kindergarten classroom, “Try using Wordle to organize your data instead of a graph. Start one Wordle where you ask your students to come up and put in their favorite color or food. When they are all done, generate the cloud to see the bigger words which are the most popular colors or food.” So now I can work on new vocabulary words such as bigger, smaller, more fewer, and even most common.

Technology is really changing the ways we can teach, and I can’t wait to be able to put all of these new programs to good use!