Sunday, March 7, 2010

Videos Feature Winning Digital Natives

See some wonderful digital media projects created by students, some as young as 8 and 13, and read their profiles to learn more about who they are. Youth Portraits at Eutopia features the stories of students showcased in the Digital Generation Project. This project is intended to help educators and parents understand how students are using digital media. Spend time reading the students' profiles and seeing their digital work. Afterwards, return to this blog and post your comments about the project. Which students' work did you find impressive? What have you discovered by viewing the students' profiles and work? Note what the students have to say about their education and how digital media has motivated them as students and learners. If you have some extra time, explore the Digital Generation: Educators section for specific teaching ideas. Let us know what you fnd of particular of interest to you.

4 comments:

Lori said...

I really agree with the teacher's statement that you do not have to be the expert in something to teach it to children. If students are interested, and what student is not interested in technology, they will investigate and learn more than you could possibly teach them. It is very empowering for a student to become the teacher also. I was totally impressed with Cameron's videos. I am just wondering when this kid is going to burn out (guitar lessons, morning news show, tech club, homework, hockey - phew!)? I like how each kid featured something different, even in different languages. It is truly amazing what these kids produced. It is inspiring to see such imagination at work and to see how it is applied to real world issues not just for fun. In quickly looking through the site, it is not clear how these kids were chosen/found. Does anyone know?

Jess said...

I thought that this article was very interesting. Some of those videos were very impressive and I feel as though children are becoming more and more technologically advanced as time goes on starting at an early age. Children have such vivid imaginations and I think that allowing them to do things like can yield some amazing results.

Lori said...

Finally got a chance to look at the teacher side of this site. I had never thought of using digital cameras in my classroom teaching. I think I am going to try to incorporate them like Jim Moulton suggested. It will really get my students to have to think outside the box. Not sure how to include the GPS even after Jim talks about it being used for math. I'll really have to think about this one.

If you watch the wiki video, click on learn more and read the comments. The first contributor gets blasted for complaining about her kids not having computers at home and how she can not do this. While the attack at some points seemed a bit harsh, I do have to agree that she is letting this limit her teaching.

A bit disappointed with Howard Gardner's contribution. I had hope he was going to give examples of how to integrate technology but instead he basically talked about how teachers have to be the guides to student usage to make sure they stay ethical and learn how to appropriately use the sites.

Using the Wii for math is exciting but I even had to get pumped when David Brantley sent the world spinning to find the weather on the other side of the world! You really need to check out this site. It has so much more to offer than I have mentioned here.

Ashley said...

I agree with the above comments that a teacher doesn't have to know everything about a certain technology. They need to have a good understanding of the material being used but the students today are so engaged in using technology they will figure out everything. I know my students have very little knowledge of using technology; however, if I give them a task, they will figure it out because they are interested in using computers.

I thought the videos on this website were great. The students used different things they were interested and even spoke in native languages. This shows what kids can do when given the correct opportunities.

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