Copy of Innovation

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1. What does it mean to democratize knowledge? How does this concept connect to formal and informal learning?

1.1. The democratization of knowledge means that “the very ecology of learning is evolving” because of high speed Internet and the low-cost access of the technology devices connect to it. ~ Mark This concept is attempting to bring the learning that takes place outside of the classroom to be used meaningfully inside the classroom. “The democratization of knowledge provides the opportunity for lifelong individual and group learning.” (pg 263)~Sarah

2. How has the growth of Web 2.0 tools changed the way students interact?

2.1. Students now interact mostly via written speech. “Nielsen found that 77 percent of U.S. teens have their own mobile phone, 83 percent text message, and 56 percent use picture messaging. Teens average 2,899 text messages per month, which is fifteen times the average number of voice calls (191) they log each month.” (p.244) Students also utilize multiple platforms at one time. They also utilize online video games and consoles to communicate to friends and to meet new people around the world. ~Mark Students no longer understand the art of talking with people. They have lost the skills to speak appropriately in formal and interview situations. Their writing skills have decreased. Students need to be taught the skills of verbal and written communication ~Sarah

3. What connections did you make between Lemke's chapter on Innovation Through Technology and the TED talks and RSA Animates with Sir Ken Robinson and Steven Johnson?

3.1. I made several connections between the multiple media presented. The largest connection that was present was the lack of creation of innovative ideas being created by American students. It was interesting that all the different speakers discussed the topic of innovation and idea creation from different perspectives. ~Mark I too made a deep connection with the lack of creativity among today’s students. My students have a very difficult time coming up with original ideas because many have grown up with tv babysitters. They don’t know how to develop their own thoughts and ideas or opinions. Developing creative activities to help students learn and remember concepts, in my opinion is so much more important than teaching to a standardized test. ~Sarah

4. What theme was present in each reading or video? You may want to start there.

4.1. The most pressing theme that was present was the creation of innovative ideas. ~Mark The authors also focused on the use of these innovative ideas to enhance learning and creativity among students.~Sarah

5. How could those contexts be integrated into the classroom learning?

5.1. Those devices could be integrated into the classroom by first teaching the students how to utilize them as a tool for learning. Discussing how to find reliable information, transfer the information to the device and listen/read wherever they are. The idea of students as contributors of information also plays a role here. With the ability for students to post thoughts and finds online with most of these devices, the students know have the power to express their thoughts to millions of views. ~Mark THE most important to integrate these contexts is to teach the students what they are working with. Students need to be taught each new technology or program they are using. Students should be monitored during use to make sure it is being used appropriately. Digital citizenship also needs to be taught to students so that they can be responsible consumers of technology~Sarah

6. What learning contexts should educators tap into that are available to students outside the classroom?

6.1. Tapping into the concept of students as creators of curriculum, students as leaders, and students as consumers allows schools to look outside the “schoolhouse door” for ways for students to participate in the learning process. Educators can use the devices that students already possess such as their cell phones, Ipads, and mp3 players. ~Mark Students should also be able to take items that they already have and create. My daughter uses K’nex to design and build buildings, my son uses his action figures to create and write really amazing adventures. I think it is important for students to use all resources, not just technology, to enhance learning through PBL.~Sarah