Reading Reflection #2
The digital world is a huge part of our lives as teachers and just regular people. One of the keys to our digital life is the Internet it is used for communicating thorugh e-mail, researching with search engines, conducting business daily, learning for students, and so much more. The Internet has an interesting history as outlined from the “Internet Society All About the Internet: History of the Internet” tells in a well in depth how a simple project to collaborate communications between people turned into a worldwide phenomenon. As a teacher I must understand how this works and look at how my students have change from traditional pencil and paper to a digital student as described by a short presentation of “The Networked Student” by Dr. Wendy Drexler.
In this presentation, Dr. Drexler shows many digital avenues that the teacher and student use to learn. In addition to why we need to know how to use the Web to be successful in today’s learning world. Several points are made, how textbooks are obsolete, how going to class daily is replaced by online coursework, and how a social network enhances a student’s learn by connecting to others around the world to gain access to knowledge.
The first part tells about “The Networked Student”, which as it turns out parallels how I am learning in my current college course. I collaborate with others using a blog and have established a “personal learning network” to enhance my learning experience. For a simplified version of a blog see Blogs in Plain English. The opportunities of online learning range from the students in the class to subscribing to an RSS, which allows anyone to learn from experts from around the world. It seems that the RSS is a key factor in moving us to the Web 3.0, which is our future in surfing and communicating on the Internet. The most interesting question, then answered, by the presentation is “Why is a teacher needed?” According to Dr. Drexler several aspects are facilitated by a teacher, which brings me to why I need to know how my future classroom will most likely be run. The teacher is a leader that “Teaches us how to build contacts, directs questions as the arise, teaches how to identify if the information is valid like and encyclopedia or just an opinion, and finally how to use the Web to its fullest potential.” This is to create a student who is ready for the 21st century world and can be a positive impact on the world.
Drexler, W. (2008, November 26) The Networked Student [Video file]. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XwM4ieFOotA
Networking has taken on a new meaning in the digital 21st century. A network helps to connect you to others and to information from all over the globe. The Internet seems to be the General or main network, it has Lieutenants that run a regional networks, which in turn has local networks and so forth. This goes on until your home network is reached. This would be how you connect your computers, printers, and other multimedia devices to the Internet. The complexity of the digital world includes the networks how they communicate through a modem and how routers steer information through a digital signal. The explosion of the Internet has made all of these devices and networks a need instead of a want in order to be connected in all aspects of our lives. This is the reason why as a teacher I need to know how to use the available resources, that are just second nature to the students who come through my class room door.