My small move for this week has been to try something new so I created a Haiku deck presentation on how to provide students with opportunities to be openly-networked.
Some ideas from the readings and videos stuck with me this week. The first one was the idea that connections can happen everywhere. They do not have to be online but if they are they don’t have to be with someone living on the other side of the world. Connections happen in the classrooms but they can also happen with people living around the corner. Actually like the example presented in the following webinar where students networked with students in another area school. http://educatorinnovator.org/webinars/classrooms-as-community-hubs-developing-open-digital-networks/
The stories presented in Teaching in the Connected Learning Classroom also speak to that same idea of bringing experts from the community to bring history to life and make content real, accessible and meaningful to students.
As a French language teacher I try to stay abreast of events happening in the francophone world. Whenever I have the opportunity I like to bring francophone parents to the classroom if they are willing to come and share about their culture. Last year for instance I had a Swiss student whose mother came and answered questions students had about life in Switzerland. I also use Skype with my family in France and students get really excited whenever they get to speak French with a “real” French person. I guess I don’t count anymore…
Another point that resonated with me related to digital literacy. I teach in a white urban well-off district where most of our students have smartphones, tablets or laptops. What was interesting to read in the book It’s complicated was the difference made between access and skills. Even if the great majority of our students have access to technology either personal or through school, not everyone is equal regarding the set of skills necessary to navigate through the information provided. Being able to decipher and to evaluate information that is online has become a critical skill for today’s students. As a matter of fact crucial to adults too if we consider the increase in fake news that are being shared on the web.
Finally after reading the article by Chris Emdin I was comforted in the idea that another piece of the teaching puzzle is knowing your audience. https://via.hypothes.is/https://www.colorlines.com/articles/how-can-white-teachers-do-better-urban-kids-color
I am hoping that through open networks people of all different races can better know and understand each other.