A while ago, Bob sent out a link to a PBS Frontline series titled, Digital Media—New Learners of the 21st Century.
I finally had a chance earlier this summer to watch the program in its entirety, and I think it’s an excellent overview of some of the opportunities and challenges facing students and teachers.
The program is 1 hour long, and worth every second.
I’d like to use the comments in this post to discuss this video—what ideas resonated with you? What questions or concerns do you have?
As I was watching the video, I came up with the following questions I would like to explore further. Please feel free to respond to these, or simply add your own thoughts and questions in the comments below.
- How might the ideas of game design, or children growing up in a gaming culture affect your teaching?
- What was your take on Media Scholar Henry Jenkin’s assertion (~12 min in) that the term “addiction” is used to police culture—children who stay up all night playing world of warcraft is addicted, while a child staying up all night reading Harry Potter is dedicated or rewarded? Is there a double standard? (
- How can we incorporate more digital media creation into our curriculum? What value, if any would this have?
- James Gee makes the assertion that education should be about helping kids to develop a passion, which teaches them how to learn. How can technology and digital tools make this easier?
- Gee goes on to claim that digital media isn’t killing reading and writing, it is transforming the practice of these skills—kids are reading and writing more than they ever did. Do you agree with this statement? How do we leverage the new reading and writing mediums that students are using? How do we help students to see the value of more traditional forms of reading and writing?
- How do we incorporate place-based learning and mobile media into our curriculum? What value would this bring?
- In the section on museums, the museum director says (paraphrasing) “We’re trying to ask Museums to be in the center of kids lives, rather than ask students to be in the center of the museum’s life.” Meaningless platitude, or does this quote have meaning for schools?
- “How do you move from the notion of individual expertise to collective expertise?” What does this mean for our classrooms?
- Nicole Pinkard, founder of the Digital Youth Movement, talks about having students produced work that will be viewed beyond their classroom and teacher engages them more. Do you have examples of this in your own teaching? How can we leverage this more?
- Chris Lehmann, principal of SLA says technology needs to be ubiquitous, necessary, and invisible. Do you agree with this vision? If so, how do we make it happen?
- How do we stop worrying about “one thing going wrong” as Chris Lehmann states, and instead anticipate failure?
- How is the practice of teaching changing?