Quotation: Without some real education about using the Internet for communicating and collaborating with an authentic, global audience, this marvelously rich medium will only narrow--not broaden--our perspective.” (pg 66)
Question: What steps do you need to take to make sure students who might not want to broaden their perspective still use the internet in an effective manner, and not exclude differing thoughts?
Connection: I have seen via social media that there definitely are a lot of people who use the tool of internet technology not to bridge the gap with those of differing opinions, but instead to only see similar perspectives to their own. This is especially common with people who have a strong political conviction.
Epiphany: Perhaps I could give students a survey on their views on a particular issue and then make them research a site that takes the opposite stance.
Quotation: “‘Reflecting on my own education while growing up, I don’t remember any of my tests,’ Garth adds. ‘I don’t remember any of my multiple-choice tests or my written answers. But I remember the experiences that I had.” (pg 86)
Question: How can I go about giving truly purposeful work, that will impact my students to the point that they do not just forget it like any other everyday task, but that they will actually enjoy and benefit from?
Connection: I too cannot really think of many things or projects that I did growing up the the traditional school system in which I felt a very deep connection to. I definitely do not remember the tests that I took. I just remember multiple choice was a common method.
Epiphany: I was just thinking I could potentially do some type of 20 time project, but still make a requirement that the content material is somehow tied in. Maybe it is not 20 time per se, but I would want to provide autonomy and choice on what students decide to perhaps study or create within whatever subject I am teaching.
November, A. (2012). Who Owns the Learning?: Preparing Students for Success in the Digital Age. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.