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This week I would like you to use your imagination. You have just won the lottery and will leave your teaching post immediately to travel around the world. As you leave your keys you meet your replacement. You are asked to give this new teacher just ONE piece of advice. What would that be, and why? Enjoy your world expedition!

Blog Post - Week 7
This past week in my own teaching I felt a little disconnected which prompts my question to you, "What was the moment (or moments) when I felt most disconnected or disengaged as a teacher - the moment(s) I said to myself, I'm just going through the motions here?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 6
For the past couple of weeks you have experienced asynchronous online learning (doing modules by yourself). Previously this semester you have experienced synchronous online learning (all together in the Collaborate room). Which do you think is more effective and why do you think that? Which do you like better, and why?

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 5
This week we have what we call "open mic." You can write a post about anything related to your teaching that you would like responses from your classmates.

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 4
Here is this week's question: "What was the event that most took me surprise this week - and event that shook me up, caught me off guard, gave me a jolt, or made me unexpectedly happy?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 3
Please write a post about the following question, "In thinking about my past week teaching what is one thing I would do differently, and why?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 2
Please write a post about the following question, " In thinking about my teaching activities this past week, of what do I feel most proud? Why?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 1
Describe something you used in your program in the first weeks of school that you learned in the summer NTI program. How did it work? Did it get you off to a stronger start than last year?

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Seeing through the "Smog"

I really liked the term “data smog.” This term, coined by author David Shenk, refers to the idea that too much information can create a barrier in our lives (para 4). I think this is definitely the case for today’s teachers and students. As the instructor, you could spend hours going through material online that is pertinent to your subject. Then, you have to decide what is valid and what is not. When I look for materials, I like to use sites that are rated and reviewed for accuracy and validity. For example, I use Lesson Planet a lot, but each plan has been reviewed for accuracy by teachers and receives a one to five star rating.

According to the site referenced, Information Literacy is the set of skills needed to find, retrieve, analyze, and use information. This is a critical skill needed by all students in today’s classrooms. There are not many assignments that do not require students to be able to utilize this 21st century skill. Just as we have to teach students how to research and study; we also have to teach them to be information literate. This is especially important for high school students. I plan to go over my expectations and walk my students through a lesson on how to properly find, retrieve, analyze and use information in the context of Public Safety. This skill is too important not to emphasize it with my students. 

1 comment:

ChiroCourt said...

I like the term data smog. I will be using it in my class to emphasis to students that all information is not delivered equal. News outlets are so caught up in being the 1st to deliver news that they forget to get all the facts. There is so much information to comsume it can be difficult to determine what is relevant. We have to lift our heads above the data smog.