Weekly Blogs: Oct 27th

a.       What was the most significant thing you learned in class this week?

There were two things that came out of last week’s class that I found very interesting.  The first is the idea of using digital stries to set context and even write story problems in a math classroom.  It also seems like the production of digital stories might serve as a platform for building inter-disciplinary relationships between teachers of different subjects.  For example, I might work with a history teacher to develop a digital story project that runs between our two classes involving learning about certain mathematicians and the times in which they lived.

The second idea I found intriguing was something that came out of our small group discussion about observing youth and technology.  One of my classmates (a science guy) pointed out that when doing frog dissection in person, as many as five of the senses can be engaged at once.  But online dissection (one of the applets he shared) only really involved one: sight.  He wondered if this lack of sensual engagement was one of the reasons why kids seemed to want to multi-task so much more often when using technology.

b.      What questions do you have and what do you want to learn more about?

Something else that came out of our small group discussion was the observation that while I perceive a real division between the “real” and “virtual” worlds, some of the young people I know appear not to.  I am curious of this is something that has been documented.  If it is, this seems like something that could have pretty major implications for the classroom.

c.       What applications do you see to classroom practice based on what you learned?

I am still working on this one.

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3 Comments

  1. Robin said,

    October 26, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    Wow…out of the mouths of babes…”He wondered if this lack of sensual engagement was one of the reasons why kids seemed to want to multi-task so much more often when using technology.”

  2. Robin said,

    October 26, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    I forgot the other thing I wanted to comment on when I was so blown away by the first thing I mentioned. The research on this is a new frontier in education.

  3. October 26, 2009 at 9:58 pm

    Is that the research on sensual engagement and multi-tasking, or on the division between the “real” and “virtual” worlds?


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