With the advances made in instructional technology, education at all levels has changed forever. While most of us are focused on higher education and many of us have had our primary learning experience in what we might think of as traditional education, it is important that we consider what is now taking place in many learning situations, including elementary and secondary education. Tomorrow’s students in higher education will enter the college classroom with a different set up expectations than most of us did.
Finding good sources is always a key for me and today I want to share a couple that I came across this week. The first is a site titled: Classroom Conference: Using the Internet to Teach.
The article states:
“The Internet is an awesome tool for teachers in the 21st century. Along with saving time for students and teachers, the Internet provides a vast variety of information that was previously next to impossible to reasonably obtain. There are sites for creative learning methods, communication, and travel. Using the Internet in the classroom is a priceless tool, and there are a variety of topics that help enable learning online.”
There are a number of resources listed under the headings of:
- Teacher Research and Idea Sharing
- Student Research
- Reviewing Concepts
- Utilizing Primary Sources
- Cyber Field Trips
- Video Streaming
- Meeting the Needs of All Learners
- Class Websites
- Global Learning
When we realize the most of the students that we will face in our classrooms (face-to-face or online) will have become accustom to a whole new world of learning with technology, we will begin see how our teaching must change to include a more interactive learning experience.
With this in mind, one of our first concerns is going to be not only finding reliable resources, but helping our students to achieve a strong background in Information Literacy. An article in News Trust: Your guide to good journalism, titled: Teacher Guides: Can You Trust the News?, provides a guide on how you can teach your students to recognize good journalism. This has now become the responsibility of every instructor in every class!
The article begins:
“Today’s students are coming of age during unprecedented changes in how we consume news and information. They have access to worlds of knowledge other generations could hardly have imagined. In order to effectively use this knowledge and make well-informed decisions as citizens, they must first learn to be discerning about the information they consume. As educators, it’s our responsibility to nurture critical thinking skills and a healthy skepticism to help them reach that goal – along with an appreciation for quality journalism. To that end, NewsTrust has created a set of teacher guides that will help you teach your students the difference between good and bad journalism”
An example of one of the resources highlighted is a good artile on how to determine if the information found on the Internet is reliable (Howard Rheingold (2009) Crap Detection 101. San Francisco Chronicle).