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Archive for November, 2009
I thought I would try using screenr to help my students use a new media technology to further their learning. I have posted this how to as well on Slightlyshumay.ning.com for my students to use to post their videos. I am also in the works of producing a how to post pictures and other forms of media to the students ning sites.
As of late, learning has taken on a new direction for me. I was such a hunter and gatherer before in my approach to searching for information and was a very messy organizer with resources scattered over numerous sites and bookmarks restricted to one computer. I have now not only amalgamated my resource material but have also been able to feed updated content to me. As this journey progressed I felt there were new skills being developed, mostly due to the enormous headaches I got from diving deep into the web 2.0 style. While watching The New Media Literacies they discussed skills needed to be effective in this new media landscape. The first skill being judgment. Students need to be able to judge content and its value to answer their question or satisfy their search. Students should also be able to filter content as a means to disseminate information they feel is of value. Students should want to play and be engaged with not only the media and content but with the actual process of discovering the information. If its not the least bit entertaining who cares. Some of the more academic concepts discussed covered ideas like transmedia navigation were students seek out information from various sites and pull important details from the text and gather/generate media to supplement their work. Simulation is also important as an extension of real world experience as interaction is a crucial aspect of engagement with students. If a student doesn’t connect or they don’t feel the program offers valid content they will migrate to another site.
One aspect the video did not touch on directly is the concept of trans-media migration. The phenomenon as a group discovers new media sites and technologies and the time it takes from peer to peer contact to generate a user base and the time it takes before the site has to update their server due to influx of traffic. Sometimes migration can be instant as a form of web based positive peer pressure or it can take on the more embedded way of making its way through social networking. This is an are I am interested in and am exploring further
This is how I feel as a student and a teacher… if there is a difference.
In order to do my project there were several hurdles to overcome. First progress came with the permission from the school board technology committee to allow us access to the social networking site slightlyshumay. Next was permission letters to the parents upon the approval of grade level administrator and the principal. The rest will be documented as the site become more active.
Included below is the Parent Letter.
F.J Carnage Magnet Middle School for Math, Science and Technology stays on the cutting edge of education with web 2.0 learning. We are afforded an opportunity to push learning further through the creation and use of a content based (North Carolina’s Standard Course of Study) learning resource. Slightlyshumay.ning.com is a networking site based off of open source media. This means the site provides access to diverse production models, communication paths, and interactive communities. All posts are run through a filter for tagged words and all work is given a review by the moderator (Mr. Shumay) prior to publishing. This is not a homework site but rather a place for students to share media and thoughts based on high interest topics in the area of science and connect with fellow students. Wake County Public Schools has given us the go ahead on the technology side of the initiative and what we need next is students who want to participate. This is where your role begins. In order for a student to access http://slightlyshumay.ning.com they need to be invited by the moderator (myself) which requires each student to provide a valid email address which I input into the system and grant them access to the site. Parents and students who choose to be involved can fill out the attached form and return it to Mr. Shumay as soon as possible. The quicker you get the information back the sooner you can start participating. This is not a mandatory activity and you and your child’s involvement is totally up to you. There are bonus points attached to participating on the site and students will not lose points if they opt out. I look forward to our conversations, media posts and overall interaction with this cutting edge approach to technology in the classroom.
I (parent name) _____________________________ give permission for my child (child’s name) _______________________________ to be added to the invited participants list on slightlyshumay.ning.com.
Email address for ning access: (remember the address will not be posted anywhere on the actual site and privacy restrictions are set at the highest level with no students actual names being used. Students will generate a required User name during set up). email address___________________________________________________________