And I admit that the circumstances make it hard for me to be objective (read: not grumpy about it) but I'm trying not to be hostile. I really do see where you're coming from, it's just that it would require a much better system in primary and secondary schools as well as universities that we just don't have the infrastructure for, you know? Not that the current situation is good, either, but I'd rather just see education get more affordable, if we're going to do any kind of huge overhaul.
In theory, your college posts make sense, but in practice, it just doesn't work because rather than making education more realistic, it makes it less accessible. Having come from a school with a HORRIBLE guidance program and no community resources for adults to seek the same, this would have immediately precluded me from further education altogether. Was I not cut out for college because I changed my major twice because I had no help choosing? Does it matter that I was also on the dean's list?
Digital Generation Gap
In a journalism seminar last semester, a professor strolled around the class of 15 students as they discussed a reading. The prof noticed one student typing furiously on her laptop so she peered over her shoulder. “What are you doing?” the prof asked. “I am buying airline tickets,” replied the student. “No you’re not,” said the prof as she shut the laptop, leaving the student aghast.
This professor, a longtime friend, has won awards for teaching excellence; her class discussion was not boring. Instead, she found herself straddling the generation gap that separates digital immigrants from digital natives. While many of us Baby Boomers, like this professor, can type, text and Tweet ad infinitum, we were not born digitally connected like the under-30, Gen Y crowd. We are the new arrivals in a land where the natives can’t image being disconnected even for a few minutes.
A recent survey evidenced the latest manifestation of this generation gap, finding that GenY assumes the office welcomes BYOD (bring your own device). Of course, allowing employees to use their own smart phones, tablets and laptops to connect at work opens the door to data and security breaches and IT problems. But Gen Y views digital connectivity as a basic right. Indeed, the survey, done by the security firm Fortinet, canvassing 3,800, 20-something employees in 15 countries, found “a critical mass of users who maintain they would go or have gone against company policy in order to use their own mobile device for work.”
Office, school, home and elsewhere, GenY goes online whenever and however they want. A lawyer friend recently went to court to watch a cross-examination in a triple-homicide case. He noticed a group of law students in the courtroom gallery, texting away, during the testimony. They stopped only when the judge interrupted the witness and gave the students a lecture on courtroom courtesy and demeanor. Apparently the digital natives (and yes, some of their elders too) are clueless about basic human courtesy.
In my college classroom, I don’t allow cellphones but do permit laptops on the assumption that students will use them to take notes and to pull up the assigned readings (the days of handouts are over). While some are writing down key points or referring to the readings, a good number are also surfing the Internet (sometimes to share updates about the topic du jour), finishing an assignment for my class or another, checking email and logging on to Facebook. On my last day of class this spring, I asked my students about why they feel the need to be online constantly, even in class. One admitted that if the browser was open he felt compelled to surf; “I’m addicted,” he said. While several students complained that it was distracting to sit next to other students who are on Facebook or typing away, they didn’t want to say anything. Another student tried to justify checking her email occasionally during class for “important” messages; an “important” message can be anything from Jessica Simpson giving birth, to a Supreme Court ruling, to an internship posting.
Much has been written about GenY and their need for constant connection. Some experts argue that it’s possible to multitask and absorb the content of a lecture or a meeting while reading celeb gossip; others disagree, arguing when we do several things at once we do none very well. Some experts chastise digital immigrants to “get over it” and accept the new world order. Still other argue that the GenY mind is wired differently and can easily switch between online and offline in a way that their elders can’t.
So where does that leave us Baby Boomers in whatever tiny part of the world we hold sway? Ban digital devices? A few professor friends have done just that. “If they want to take notes let them use pen and paper,” one told me. Another suggested letting students use laptops during lectures but then mandating “top down” during the discussions. On the other hand, another told me “They’re paying a lot of money to get a degree; if they want to waste the time surfing the net it’s their choice.” These issues are not restricted to the classroom. If you think holding an office meeting is distracting now with people glancing at their cellphone, wait until Gen Y floods the workplace. Eye contact will be a relic of the past.
I am still not sure what to do come September when classes start again. Act like a Luddite and banish digital devices? Or let them BYOD and ignore those surfing the net? However, if one student starts surfing, I’ve noticed it sends an unspoken signal to others to do the same. That leads to “Let me check my email,” and “Might as well reply to that,” and on and on. If we can’t beat them, do we join them and pull out our own laptops and check our email while students are talking? After all, I get “important” email too. Where do we draw the line in digital sand?
SOURCE: Huffington Post
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iPad/Nook tablet preguntas for classroom application
So I’ve been fiddling with both tablets for a couple of weeks and I’m definitely coming out on the side of the iPad, though the Nook tablet gets points for being able to get taken home by the kids.
A few questions for those of you who are more tech-savvy than me (which, let’s be honest, is pretty much all of you):
- Is it possible to email notes from iBooks or the Nook to the teacher? This would be an easy way to check for annotations.
- Is it possible to get your iPad or Nook to “talk” to the SmartBoard and run presentations that way?
- It looks like updating apps on a class set of iPads could be a pain in the rear. Anybody know ways to streamline that process?
- Anybody already using iPads/Nooks/laptops 1:1 in the classroom? I need a good template/document/contract for the kids to sign taking responsibility, promising to replace if they break, drown, run over, or lose the technology. My kids are really responsible, but the world they go out into from my classroom is not, and I want to protect the school’s investment as much as possible.
- So far, the App Store has way more elementary/middle school-appropriate apps than high school ones. Can anyone recommend some good high school apps for English, higher levels of math, French, Spanish, art, psychology, chemistry, physics, biology, or history?
Unpopular opinion part two:Okay, so you go to college for the sake of learning, not for a job. Congrats! But when you’re broke out of your mind and can’t find employment, then I have absolutely no sympathy.
There are more affordable ways to learn for the sake of learning without the huge financial burden of college. I’ve seen a lot of feedback about changing majors, which I did myself, and I lost a semester due to poor advisement. Changing majors is fine as long as the college and you have a career/life plan in place to make it work. Others have chimed in about how they wished their school did more career/college prep to prevent undeclared/major changing. I agree whole heartedly. I feel the new responsibility of education is to help students make financially wise decisions for their future: help them with loans, scholarships, and paying and completing college in a fiscally responsible way because a financially secure graduate will do more for the future than one who defaults on his/her loans.
I don’t think you should be allowed to continue college after the first semester if you don’t declare a major. If I had complete, total power, I wouldn’t allow people to enroll unless they declared possible majors. As a teacher, it makes my skin crawl when my students go to the community college on gen studies because they don’t know what else to do. They go into it more likely to fail because they haven’t made an intellectual investment. I applaud learning for the sake of learning, but they aren’t doing that—they are doing what society says is the next logical step. It sets them up for financial downfall.