Destination #2: Shaping Technology - Ethics and other issues, etc.

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Destination #2: Shaping Technology - Ethics and other issues, etc.

Technology Shaping the 21st Century Classroom:

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What does Participatory Culturelook like within Education?      According to IGI Global, Participatory Culture is considered, “A culture in which artistic expression and civic engagement are valued and are oriented towards creating and sharing one’s creations” (IGI GLOBAL 1988). This is a culture that not only has presented itself within today’s society, but also is not being presented within the classroom due to our 21st century learners. We must not be afraid to change how we teach and learn new advancements of how to better our students within our classrooms every day. It would be foolish of teachers, to continue to teach the way that we did 50-100 years ago, because what was desirable and looked for in a globally competitive and career ready learner 50-100 years ago is not necessarily the same as what is desired today. In essence, we would eb doing our students a disservice, if we too, did not change how we teach and or approach teaching within the classroom to meet the needs and create globally competitive, career ready 21st century students.       So, what would this change look like? Well, that’s where creating a participatory culture within the classroom, comes into play. As teachers we need to create responsive classrooms that incorporate student choice, engagement, expression, creation and value the sharing of students interests. A classroom does not have to look one certain way anymore. A classroom doesn’t have to be desk in a straight line and teacher centered. Rather incorporate flexible seating, activities that include cooperation, collaboration, creation, and critical thinking amongst mixed groupings of learning modalities, etc. Bring in technology into the classroom by having kids create blogs, storybooks, wordless, podcasts, Public Service Announcements, Infographics, etc. in order to have the kids create a learning experience that will be beneficial to them for learning “P21 skills” and foundation content skills in tandem.

Destination #2: Ethics, Privacy and Other Issues, etc.

THINK: Pay attention to what young people are voicing as their ethical concerns and questions on media and tech. What Resonates with you?After reading Young People, Ethics, and New Digital Media, I think that within using media, we need to make sure we are teaching our students how to proactively participate in “Good Play” of online media resources. Meaning, understanding what it means when crossing Ethical Fault Lines that are raised by digital pursuits. It is most likely that our students will encounter matters with identity, privacy, ownership, authorship, credibility, and participation at some point in their life time. It is our responsibilities as educators to help our students become globally competitive, globally aware and transform into 21st century community leaders that will be able to interact within the surface of the online world and social society.

By: Haylee MurrayEDU 504 CourseConverse College


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