One of the first questions was asked by @reisc25 about parent involvement. Alan's point struck me, not because of the tech solutions he provided, but because of how he removed it from tech. Here I am, this teacher that strives herself in using technology to keep parents informed (Twitter, Facebook, website, Evernote) and have used DVD in the past, but these simple tips are just that...simple! Not to mention that they are a fab way to maintain student relationships!
Qr8 ? - how do we involve parents in online communication? Alan Novemeber says: 1) just because it is online, doesn't make it better.— Tracy Mercier (@vr2ltch) February 23, 2012
2) call parents' cell when kiddos do something gr8 & have kiddos cheer 4 their classmate.— Tracy Mercier (@vr2ltch) February 23, 2012
3) make a video & send home so all parents can see fantastic lrng that happens. (TV & DVD are #1 tech tools in homes).— Tracy Mercier (@vr2ltch) February 23, 2012
Another student asked at what age to put children's work online. I know that not everyone will agree with him, or me, but I felt validated. I am of the mind that we should have children online as soon as possible. If they can click their way through their parents' smartphones and tablets, then they are ready to click their work online. With the advent of touch technology, doing such things makes working with tech intuitive for kiddos. In addition to that, I firmly believe that if we get kiddos on social media in particular then digital citizenship skills will be like breathing. I say social media because when I think of putting student work online I think of portfolios, and immediately think of social media because of the reflective piece of portfolios and the learning process.
A3: As soon as they are able to use an iPad (2) :)— Tracy Mercier (@vr2ltch) February 23, 2012
A3: Asking when to get a kiddo online sharing work is like asking when to give them a pencil. #AlanNovember— Tracy Mercier (@vr2ltch) February 23, 2012
With all of the chatter going on in education about assessment and accountability the next question was pretty timely. This student asked about whether Alan foresaw there being an assessment for technology, and how kiddos would fare with state and national assessments going tech. His responses are below, but the rebel in me found his comment about no standards interesting. But it also got me thinking. If tech standards would be obsolete, than what about other standards? Tech makes so much possible that doesn't it make all other content standards obsolete? He also commented on keyboarding, and I whole-heartedly agree with ditching cursive and replacing it with keyboarding. He suggested some alternatives for kiddos to practice that skill, and I will be posting about an idea I kidnapped from someone about ten years ago that would also be an inexpensive alternative.
A4: I hope there never will be technology standards because as soon as there are, they will be out of date. #AlanNovember— Tracy Mercier (@vr2ltch) February 23, 2012
A4: Technology planning has set us back.@globalearner fought against standards & ISTE decided they are not good.— Tracy Mercier (@vr2ltch) February 23, 2012
We have underestimated little kids, they can do a lot! #AlanNovember— Tracy Mercier (@vr2ltch) February 23, 2012
Thanks to @JudyArzt for the invite! Thanks to @globalearner for taking time out of his day to Skype in. And thanks to EDUC584 for asking thoughtful questions! I appreciated the learning experience!