Here is a video I created showing what I am passionate about in digital learning, what I think are some issues, and how we can enhance digital learning in the classroom.
Hello this is Laura Perez and this is my learning manifesto. My learning philosophy for being a lifelong learner has three components: engagement, critical thinking and 21st century skills. The first component is engagement. We need to be engaged in our learning, it has to have our interest without it there is no learning. The second component is critical thinking. We have to be challenged in our learning. The last component is 21st century skills. We live in a new technological era. We have two embrace the new technology. The careers of the past where all we needed was writing skills are gone! The skills we need today our skills are for us to be able to use technology to collaborate with others, so we can learn from one another, and so we can communicate with one another.
Our learning journey never ends; we are always learning something every day. Since we are coming up into this new technology world is important for our students to be digitally literate. With that being said is it is them learning how to use digital tools properly. Just like anything else that we teach in math, science, reading and writing these are some skills are being taught in schools. There’s also skills that are taught at home. So, we have these kids that are two years old, three years old that already have access to get technology in their hands. They are able to grab an iPhone that their parents have or a tablet, ipad that they happen to have. They are able to go on there and use it as entertainment. Get to play apps, go on YouTube kids, go on YouTube to watch videos and they are learning how to do that at a young age. We need to embrace that in our classrooms. We need to teach them these skills so when they get older and they are trying to compete globally with other people from the different countries and even in the United States. They need to be able to use technology so they can incorporate in their careers, to be able to collaborate with others, learn from one another like talk to experts and learn about a specific subject. That’s why it’s so important! In my classroom I try to get them to use technology as much as possible. Not just when they are taking assessments or are doing a research project. Now, if they are doing a research project, I try to get them in contact with an expert, try to get them into virtual tours so they can actually see
how something looks like. I am also teaching them how learning these skills they’re able to compete
when they get older. Where we are able to do 3d printing; were now we have to be people doing 3d printing to print out a prosthetic arms. They want to do 3-D printing of food. They need to know learn how to use coding in order for them to do to make creative things. So, it’s very important for us to teach our students these new skills. The more and more they’re exposed to these skills at a young age the more willing there are going to be when they get older they’re going to be more open to learning new technology skills. We are not going to have students who are going to be like afraid of getting a tablet and afraid of searching something or afraid of going on skype to talk to another person. If we teach them at a young age and get those skills to them.
Some emerging issues that are coming up with digital learning are: Are these new technology skills, technology tools, going to help students pass the standardized testing? Are they going to be able to you see skills in class and globally? Are they going to be able to compete with other students? The answer to these questions is yes, there will be able to do all that if the teacher uses technology the right way. If they have the students to learn to use technology correctly where they can collaborate with one another then yes they will be able to pass the standardized testing. We always want to have students collaborate with one another because we think the students learn better when they collaborate and when they talk to their peers. How wonderful would it be for student to use a google doc to write a research paper with another partner simultaneously and share those ideas. How awesome would it be for those students also connect with experts in a certain field. For example, if you have students learning about whether; how great would it be for them to be able to Skype with a meteorologist. Talk about all the different types of weather patterns that they see, how they use their digital tools and how they use their technology for their career.
If students use technology skills and they learn it and get proficient with it, they will be able to compete globally with others. But the one thing that we also needed think about is training for teachers. Training must be done! We need to have teachers trained. If we do not train teachers they will not know how to use technology in their classroom the proper way. They won’t know that in a Google Doc you can share with multiple people and they can write in the document at the same time. They do not know how to use Twitter and using certain hashtags there be able to connect with experts, join a personal network, they won’t know how to use that. They won’t know that there are certain ways where you can connect with parents as well so parents can know what their children are learning.
These are all different issues that need to be addressed and then we need to find solutions for. I think digital learning is very important to have in our classrooms. We need to embrace this new technology world because this is what’s going to be we’re going to have self-driving cars, going to have 3D printers that print out prosthetic arms. The possibilities are endless with technology and we need to embrace that. We need for every teacher to be able to embrace it and for every student to have that opportunity to learn how to use it properly. Thank you for listening this was my learning manifesto.