Students in my “Technology 4 Teachers” class watched and reflected on the EduTopia Digital Generation Youth Profile video for Cameron last week.
I wrote the following as a comment on one of my student’s blogs:
My favorite quotation from your post was, “If more students like Cameron could find a way to use their technology as more of an education purpose versus an social network they might be better off.” That is exactly right! I think we have an obligation as teachers, parents, and responsible adults in our communities to help students learn constructive ways to create and share digital media. Cameron is a great example of this, as you point out. This is a big motivation behind the Storychasers nonprofit I’ve helped start here in Oklahoma.
It is also important to keep in mind that as students read and write with greater frequency when they are on social networks, this can have positive impacts on their literacy skills. Sometimes we just hear and read headlines like, “Isn’t it horrible kids are losing handwriting skills,” or “Isn’t it bad kids use abbreviations when they send text messages.” It’s important we help students learn how to communicate appropriately for different contexts. Overall, I think the increase in social media use is a good thing for communication and literacy skills, and there is research “out there” which supports that contention. The April 2008 PEW Research Report “Writing, Technology and Teens” is one example.
If you enjoyed this post and found it useful, consider subscribing to Wes' free, weekly newsletter. Generally Wes shares a new edition on Monday mornings, and it includes a TIP, a TOOL, a TEXT (article to read) and a TUTORIAL video. You can also check out past editions of Wes' newsletter online free!
Did you know Wes has published several eBooks and "eBook singles?" 1 of them is available free! Check them out! Also visit Wes' subscription-based tutorial VIDEO library supporting technology integrating teachers worldwide!MORE WAYS TO LEARN WITH WES: Do you use a smartphone or tablet? Subscribe to Wes' free magazine "iReading" on Flipboard! Follow Dr. Wesley Fryer on Twitter (@wfryer), Facebook and Google+. Also "like" Wes' Facebook page for "Speed of Creativity Learning". Don't miss Wesley's latest technology integration project, "Show With Media: What Do You Want to CREATE Today?"
On this day..
- Students & Teachers Explain Benefits of MinecraftEDU [VIDEO] - 2015
- First iMovie for iPhone Video - 2011
- Podcast299: Dreaming of the Storychaser's Peace Train - 2009
- Bison on the Konza Prairie - 2008
- Opposing ethnocentrism in schools and society - 2007
- WikiPedia user page, Oklahoma Digital Centennial project - 2007
- Blog post listeners, podcatchers and accessibility - 2007