Recently, I was in Pennsylvania for the PETE and C conference and was able to observe this phenomena first-hand. During one snowy night an exhibitor was passing out red ice scrapers to passers by. Upon seeing the red ice scrapers my colleague – who was born and raised in sunny California and not used to snow or ice- excitedly proclaimed, "Oh cool, look! Back Scratchers!" (bonus points if you can find her posting on the DEN blog).
This got me thinking…well first it got me laughing…but after a few good laughs I got back to thinking about how perceptions are shaped in this digital age.
As educators, you stand in front of a generation that communicates with one another in multiple ways (both on-line and off). Your students are blogging, interacting globally through social networking sites, text messaging, instant messaging, e-mailing, and-anything-else-ing. The information they access is constantly changing – constantly being updated, modified, and revised. Now imagine how that shapes the perception of their world!
So how do you reach these students – students who without blinking, can text messages, watch a video, and surf the Internet at the same time? By providing your instruction in as many diverse ways.
And you can do that within a safe environment by using the tools located within unitedstreaming.
The Assignment Builder, Quiz Builder, and Writing Prompt Builder give you the ability to construct interactive lessons and/or inquiry-oriented activities. For example you can:
- incorporate video and video segments, images, calendar events, articles, quizzes, writing prompts, and even websites, into an assignment using the Assignment Builder.
- create an interactive quiz with the Quiz Builder.
- start your students off with a customized writing prompt created with the Writing Prompt Builder.
Best of all, your students can access your assignment, quiz, or writing prompt from any computer that has Internet access – even from home!
I’ve put together a PowerPoint presentation that includes step-by-step instructions for each of the Builders. Feel free to download this tool and/or share it with your colleagues and, you know, scratch each others backs. Download the_builders.ppt
Talk to you soon,
Discovery Education, unitedstreaming