Entry #6 – IL-TCE

Jason Ohler

I thought I would try sharing my notes from Jason’s presentation. Beware: these are the interpretations and may be Toledoized – his words are in quotes.

Suggestions for making technology use and integration smoother:

  • “Don’t fear 10 year olds who know more than you; deputize them” … (they see technology as “intelligent furniture”)
  • “be kind to your techies” – include some “things are going great” comments
  • “practice Zen Tech, not Zantac” – breath and remember it’s a machine
  • “have fun … ” – my mantra, too

“Writing is no longer the default” … “using words is not the only medium available to us … ask ‘Where would words be helpful?'” – this is a great way to look at the use of multimedia. It really hits home with today’s students who have been immersed in a multimedia world since birth.

“New media = new literacy” – we have to take the time to teach all aspects of literacy

Jason suggests telling students that they are “scripting rather than writing” – they cringe when we announce that it’s writing time.

“Teachers don’t use more media-based because they don’t know how to assess it – the finished product is just the tip of the iceberg of the assessment piece.” We need to approach these types of assignments just as we did the non-tech integrated assignments – define the parts of the assignment, determine the weight of each, and then assign the grade values. Nothing new, just new stuff for the students to play with.

“story thinking <——————> analytic thinking” These approaches should both be addressed. They naturally do the story thinking, we need to teach them the analytic thinking.

Suggestions for educational leaders

“Don’t lead by concern”

  • concerns “are negatively stated goals”
  • concerns “only define swerves, not direction”
  • “turn concerns into goals”
  • “goals allow you to aim, move with intent”

Lead with a story … it’s the hook that signals the importance of what’s coming next

“Integration: Assimilation, Creation, Transformation” – this is an approach that I can use with ETIP
Last, he suggests that we ask students “What story would you like to tell the world about who you want to be?”

I would add that we ask teachers, What story would you like to tell the world about what type of teacher you want to be?

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