Day 2 of Concepts and Practices in a Digital Age consisted of a Tweetchat with other members of the course, checking out the blogs shared by other students, starting the Introduction Module and choosing a book to investigate from the booklist.
This was the first time I have participated in a Tweetchat. I could see many applications for the classroom and will certainly consider this in future lessons. Judy O’Connell also suggested investigating Neat Chat as a tool to use with students as this has the facility to keep a record of a discussion which Tweetchat does not have.
The Introduction to INF530 Module involved viewing a TED talk by Douglas Thomas which asks the question: How can learning in the classroom mirror what real learning looks like?. The key point I took from this talk is that PLAY is fundamental & a concept that combines passion, imagination & constraint – putting rules in place fires the imagination.
Finally, having investigated the booklist for the subject. The book that has first gained my attention is called The app Generation: How today’s youth navigate identity, intimacy and imagination in a digital world by Howard Gardner and Katie Davis. I think it is safe to say that we have all realized the shortcomings of a previous well-known label, ‘digital natives’, and so it is with much interest that I read this new representation – “The App Generation” and explore the conclusions of these authors. The fact that the authors base their findings on five years of work by their research team at Harvard certainly adds authority to their characterization of young people.
Thomas, D. (2012, September 12). A New Culture of Learning, Douglas Thomas at TEDxUFM. TED. Retrieved March 4, 2014, from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lM80GXlyX0U
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