Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Classroom technology and social economic issues

In the video Digital Youth Portrait: Nafiza, Nafiza is a students that loves technology. She is seen somewhat as a mentor to her classmates. She, along with the rest of her classmates are instructed to make a one minute video that gives a situation dealing with a social economic issue that we have today! These students are learning world affairs through digital media. This video gives us the insight on how technology can be used in multiple ways, way beyond the average program. It can help connect and teach our children about the world around them and educated them on certain economic issues we face today!

My most significant "takeaway" from this video is how much students can learn about technology and only be in high school. It amazing how much students have learned over the few years that they are exposed to new programs and applications. Not only are students learning new things in the classroom, but they bring new information and ideas that they teach the teachers or instructors. Technology is moving so fast that we all (students and teachers) are teaching each other new things. Students today are given more opportunities and immerse themselves into games and new programs that we as teachers are not introduced to until it is not "in" anymore and is considered "old technology."
This video is a reminder to me on how technology has changed so much since my schooling days. I remember the first time I used a computer in the classroom was during my 3rd grade year. We had computer lab one day a week and we would play games. Carmen in San Diego was the one game I remember playing the most and thinking that was the best game ever! Now we have games that make Carmen look like nothing! Looking at how these students use technology to understand the world is amazing. The students make this learning experience fun by making one minute videos about a specific economic issue.
As a future teacher, I truly believe that students learn best through personal experience and through scaffolding. Students should help each other by teaching and working together to get the solutions. The students can exchange new ideas with each other and don't need the teacher as their only source of information. The students in this video are seen gathered together multiple times discussing issues or problems they are having with their video and ask each other for help. Some students learn new material and some reinforce previous knowledge.

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