Ashley Waldrop

Instructional Technologies Blog

Teaching in the 21st Century

1. Title: Teaching in the 21st Century

2. Author: ASB Unplugged Conference, Mumbai, India, 2010

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4. Summary: This video is about what skills teachers need to possess and teach to be effective in the 21st century.  The video articulates that students have unlimited access to multitudes of information at any time.  The role of the teacher is to teach the students how to use and what to do with all this information.  The video critiques teachers in that we are no longer needed to teach facts and content, but rather teach students the “what now.”  The video also focuses on the importance of using higher order thinking skills in the 21st century.

 5. Reflection: This video was a good awakening for me to realize that I’m not the possessor of knowledge but rather the instructor on what to do with the knowledge students already have.  I think that teachers in the 21st century need to focus more on project based learning and problem solving skills, rather than making students memorize content.  Students need to be able to apply and use the content, not just be able to spit it out like a computer.

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New Brunswick Video

1. Title: 21st Century Education in New Brunswick, Canada

2. Author: New Brunswick Department of Education

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4. Summary:  This you tube video was created by the New Brunswick Board of Education to promote 21st century learning within their school districts.  The video highlights the changes that have taken place in education in the last 5-10 years such as: chalk boards, VCRs, etc.  The video then highlights that we are teaching children now for a workforce that may have not even been invented yet.  The video stresses the importance of keeping education updated and relevant to what students will truly need in the 21st century.

5. Reflection: I really enjoyed watching this video, because it put into perspective how much education has changed and evolved in the last 10-15 years.  I reflected on my own education and how many of the ways I was taught are now very outdated, and I’m still young!  I thought that the presentation of the video and information was very well done for its original intended purpose.  If I was someone who lived in the New Brunswick area this video would definitely cause me to stop and reflect on what educators should be doing now to prepare students for tomorrow.

Another thing that stood out to me while watching this video is that an education board took the trouble and funds to create this video.  I think the video was very well done to create and promote awareness for the changing demands within education.  It was well presented in the respect that the video caused its viewers to reflect on their own practices and then realize that the world is changing and education needs to keep up.

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Intellectual Property

1. Title: An Educator’s Guide to Intellectual Property

2. Author: JoinThe©

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4. Summary:  This article outlines in detail the guidelines in using and protecting yourself against copyright violation.  The article defines “intellectual property” as any product of a creative mind.  One item discussed in the article is plagiarism.  The author discusses the importance of educator’s understand plagiarism as well as teaching students the importance and severity of plagiarism at an appropriate age.  Copyright is any tangible expression of a creative mind.  Copyright is automatically secured when something is created, whereas it used to be much more difficult to obtain copyrights.  Copyrights prohibit anyone from using another person’s work without giving due credit.  There are exceptions made for educators under section 107 of the Copyright Act, known as “Fair Use” clause.  Educators can typically use materials in the classroom under this clause, though there are very specific restrictions.  Piracy is known as stealing any intellectual property.  This can be any distribution or attainment of work that you did not create or properly obtain rights for.  The author discusses the importance of teaching about piracy in order to educate students and disband any misconceptions that students may have.

5. Reflection: I have read this article in the past for another Instructional Technology class that I had previously taken, but I am shocked this time when reading it to realize how much I had forgotten.  I think at the day and age copyright laws are much more easily broken with the ability to share files via the internet and hard drives.  I know this happens ALL THE TIME in ALL the professional communities that I have been apart of.

While reading this article, I thought about the relatively new site “Teachers Pay Teachers.”  This site was created for teachers to be able to digitally buy units, supplies, etc. from other teachers to use in their own classrooms.  While I know that many people do put their own copyright signatures at the bottom of work and put disclaimers (“Please do not share with other teachers who have not purchased, etc.) in their packets, teachers continue to break copyright laws.  I have been apart of several e-mails that have been sending out Units and Materials sometimes to the entire staff (up to 100 people) with the attachment being a purchased item!!! I do think that myself, and probably every other teacher in America have broken or break copyright laws frequently.

My biggest burning question after re-reading this article is A) how do we go about changing the social norm that illegal sharing/using is acceptable and B) how do we enforce it? I know that if I had created a great idea to sell, I wouldn’t want others to be able to use it without a proper purchase.

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