sábado, 22 de agosto de 2009

Task 1.5.5 Written Assignment (Essay)

Task 1.5.5 Assessed Written Assignment 1


Option 1

I chose 3 of the quotes provided and I used them as the backbone for my essay which is called, “A Generation Not to Look Down Upon”.


· “The twenty-first century teen, connected, multitasked, autonomous yet peer-mindful, makes no great leap forward in human intelligence, global thinking, netizen-ship. Young users have learned a thousand new things, no doubt. They upload and download, surf and chat, post and design, but they haven’t learned to analyze a complex text, store facts in their heads, comprehend a foreign policy decision, take lessons from history, or spell correctly. Never having recognized their responsibility to the past, they have opened a fissure in our civic foundations, and it shows in their halting passage into adulthood and citizenship.” Bauerlein, The Dumbest Generation.


· “The whole notion of passively sitting and receiving information has nothing to do with how you internalize information into something that makes sense to you. Learning starts as you leave the classroom, when you start discussing with people around you what was just said. It is in conversation that you start to internalize what some piece of information meant to you.” John Seely Brown


· “Learning, as a self-organizing process requires that the system (personal or organizational learning systems) be informationally open, that is, for it to be able to classify its own interaction with an environment, it must be able to change its structure…” Luis Mateus Rocha (1998)


A Generation Not to Look Down Upon

The 21st century generation of learners is definitely a generation to not look down upon. Education in this century must be equipped with a heavy involvement in technology which is a strong key for the success these young learners have in today's world. Students are living in a time where technology is breaking boundaries and where computers are necessary for survival. They know that when the time comes for them to work, most companies will no longer need much human labor, therefore machines and technology savvy people like them will be the most wanted. They are also aware of a reality such as having different tasks to do, being informed about the world around them, and becoming change adaptors. I think this generation of learners will succeed to make the world a better place as far as education embraces technology and new learning environments.

It is not easy to reach consensus on important education issues related to the 21st century learners, but there is no doubt about the importance of information technology to the future of learning and 21st century skills. The use of information technology is growing rapidly in schools across our country and the world today, not just for communication, but through a large array of innovative tools and services that engage today´s students and teachers in the learning process towards blending technology and education. Technology has certain attributes that 21st century learners are taking advantage of: it strengthens education because it scaffolds the learner in multiple learning dimensions and it also motivates, because young learners are drawn to it; and it connects them to much more people and information.

Networking technology is transforming our schools into more connected communities by providing equal access to educational content. It is a important tool that helps educate students because it engages them and maintains their interest, and ultimately helps them to achieve their goals. So today’s teachers must find innovative ways to use information technology tools to help engage their students. 21st century education should include classroom technologies such as video conferencing, e-mailing, blogs, Skype, cameras, Internet services and many other tools. This new technology can help students significantly improve their research, analytic, project and collaboration skills. For example, high-speed connectivity can now create new learning opportunities and dynamic lessons. This generation of learners love using their digital cameras and laptops as they combine lessons with real-world experiences; they are eager to follow, for instance, a video conferencing-based curriculum that allows them to connect with other students in other cities in our country or around the world.

21st century education with the help of technology is also engaging students more in the learning process making education more relevant to them. They react positively to new learning environments and this makes them excited to come to school as far as they can work on their laptops to bring the subjects they have to study to life. There is an infinite number of resources at the teachers disposal which can make their teaching very effective; more if we take into account that today’s students are already comfortable using technology, such as playing games to learn while they relate much more to the lessons. Students' reading ability, for example, can be better assessed using hand-held literacy measurement devices that the teacher can use to time their students’ reading and to note their fluency; so their reports take much less time to prepare giving them more time to help their students with their reading.

As a conclusion, I would say that 21st century education is offering students a more engaging learning experience as well as setting teachers free of old teaching practices, giving them more time for their students. Education that uses technology is transforming classrooms across our country and around the world. Education must incorporate these 21st century tools to expand the boundaries of learning and prepare students for a future in which they and their communities will have to face new challenges.


References

Tapscott, Don (2009). Grown Up Digital How the Net Generation is Changing Your World, McGraw-Hill.
Prensky, M. (2001). Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants. On the Horizon 9, 5. Retrieved August 20, 2009 from http://www.marcprensky.com/writing/Prensky%20%20Digital%20Natives,%20Digital%20Immigrants%20-%20Part1.pdf#search=%22prensky%22digital%20native%22%22
Prensky, M. (2005). "Engage me or enrage me," What today's learners demand. Retrieved August 21, 2009 from: http://www.educause.edu/ir/library/pdf/erm0553.pdf

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