Guest Blogger – Nelson Baquero

Submitted on 2011/07/14 at 9:14 am

Hi Christina, Nice Blog,
As an educational tool,
I believe Blogs have become a popular communication tool, therefore allowing students to express their opinion in a way they can contribute to their own educational environment.
Some students may not feel as comfortable writing on a Blogs, but other do find the opportunity to express their views on the particular educational topic.

Nelson.

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Feeding the Need

I came across a terminology that I found interesting. NML – New Millennium Learners. OECD/CERI International Conference “Learning in the 21st Century: Research, Innovation and Policy”, discusses about what effects that digital technologies have on K – 12 students. It is a society that has access to internet connections (Wi-Fi), mobile phones, and video games. Digital natives that are born into digital exposure or if the community is exposed to technology at an earlier age, the OECD discusses how can the speed of information for the New Millennium Learners manage and later transfer to knowledge. This addresses two issues: how readily the young generation adapts to technology and the policy needed to monitor the effects of technologies on different levels. Technology is available everywhere, but in schools – access to technology is limited.

A personal interview with Aaron*, (July 13, 2011), who is currently a senior at his high school, commented that “almost everyone at my school has an iPod, iPad, or mobile phone that connects to the internet” and “we hang out at the Wi-Fi coffee shops or the local McDonalds during our lunch breaks or open period to connect with the latest news or technology.” This certainly puts an interesting perspective of how rapidly technology is growing for the NML, along with schools struggling to keep up with the demand. On average, younger groups that have been exposed to computers, video games, or some other form of digital technology, display a higher level of comfort ability than the older generations that have been termed as digital immigrants that have later adopted technology. Digital technology has become so important to the younger generation in their daily lives, that going without technology renders the NML to a halt on adaptations to newer technologies.

So what can do teachers do to bring actual teaching practices of the latest technology used by NML?

OECD (2008), “New Millennium Learners. Initial findings on the effects of digital technologies on school-age learners“, OECD/CERI International Conference “Learning in the 21st Century: Research, Innovation and Policy”, 15–16 May 2008 Paris

Examining Generational Differences (Response to an Michael Barbour’s Blog)

Responding to Michael Barbour’s blog, Examining Generational Difference, while there is no valid or reliable proof that changed today’s generation students – would be available for immediate results if a teacher or instructor walked down the street and asked a younger person to demonstrate his or her knowledge of digital technology. Reeves illustrates that generational differences do matter. Which ever generation that the digital natives are exposed to, young learners have an advantage – rapid succession of information sharing. While Prensky statistics regarding spending hours in front of video games or digitally entertaining oneself, I took away the view that the environment has changed how students interact digitally. The only generational difference is when students who have later adopted the knowledge of digital technology as an immigrant.

While reading Presky’s, Digital Natives Digital Immigrants, I had to question Presky’s comment “Digital Immigrants don‟t believe their students can learn successfully while watching TV or listening to music, because they (the Immigrants) can‟t. Of course not – they didn‟t practice this skill constantly for all of their formative years. Digital Immigrants think learning can‟t (or shouldn‟t) be fun.”  Of how many inspirations were born overnight through YouTube or television for digital learning.

Generational Learning

Disclosure: I am not a teacher, but a budding trainer that looks for innovative ways to help train employees globally.

I have only found a few commentary blogs are out there that focuses on workplace development, e-global training, or corporate training. But one topic, How Generation Y Can Connect with Baby Boomers at Work, surfaced which correlated to a lunch discussion that I had with my colleagues earlier -a matter of opinions versus discussions that is.

That topic was originated when a few working colleagues and I discussed and expressed our opinions about the generational differences between training employees. As a workforce trainer, the idea of training employees is to empower him or her in their day to day work activities. This can be both rewarding and frustrating. Take for example, asking employees to adapt to the ever changing workplace where utilizing good communication skills are becoming more vital than ever before. You have the baby boomers that believe in old school learning, appreciate the brick and mortar classroom setting, and face to face training. Then you have the n00b (newbies) millennials that are redefining workplace training because training can take place A3 (anyplace, anywhere, anytime), LOL!

As a matter of my opinion, my younger counterparts grew up in the digital age where texting without looking at your BB (blackberry) has made virtual communication diverse and manageable, while learning on the run. Millennials utilize what information received to make strong and speedy decisions. My older counterparts, grew up to utilize anything tangible, such as printed off data just to study it, analyze it, and discuss how to find solutions that fit his or her individual needs. This can be a challenge for an educational technologist in workplace development field to close the gap between two generations in the workplace during training.

In today’s workplace, learning how to train in the age of information challenges educational technologists to learn how to find, evaluate, process, and communicate information effectively and efficiently. The key word is collaborating. When collaborating, using wall displays seems to be most preferred to boomers, whereas web-based training seems to be most preferred to the millennials. The “wall display” allows boomers to see the problem and brainstorm ideas to solve problems on a white/smart board.

The millennials take this concept one step further by holding web-based training sessions where everyone, young or old, can actively participate by logging from a laptop or mobile device. The interacting becomes a great way to open dialog between the trainer and learner. The trainer gains an understanding of what the learners like and dislike, makes the training interactive whenever, however, and wherever feasible for the learner to develop the concepts of the learning materials.

Why Build Educational Blogs?

Blogging has become a popular tool to express opinions, but now many educational technologists are using blogging as a tool to educate students and readers alike. Although blogging can be a means of a communication tool between the student and instructor, it can be an educational tool as well.

When creating an educational blogging tool, why must an instructor build educational blogs?
What purpose does this serve? I’d like to explore this question further and would enjoy seeing what your inputs here.

EdTech 597 List – Week 4

I have always thought it was good to preview before I produce. As I go out to the world wide web to discover what are some ideas for my blog to display best style, organized, and well formatted blog, I started by looking at copies of other professional blogs, reviewing various types of professional blogs, using a metasearch engine to see if there was any blogs out there related to workforce development, human resource development, corporate training, or even remotely off campus training for work. While exploring the web, I wanted to learn more about preparing my blog before I clicked on the button to send the data out there in the World Wide Web. I reviewed the YouTube video, Building Blogs is like Building Muscles, to gather some ideas on creating my list for workforce development.

So what are my strategies in workforce development and training?

I work with many diverse cultural employees that are expatriates in the US. To prepare him or her for their stay in the US, here are some educational tools or tips that I have adapted in my training module.

  • Is there a need for training?  There are many reasons why workforce development is needed.  Whether it is training for new software integration or enhancing a skill, it is important to remember that the expatriate is not from the US culture, so learning idioms, slangs, or current ideals, defining what is expected of the employee in his or her job role.
  •  Does the employee understand the training objective?  Creating a correlation between the job activities to the classroom activity is important for the employee to create building blocks of understanding the concept of the job task.
  • Is the training relevant to what the employee’s day-to-day task entails?  By providing a clear objective of what the training is about to provide, this gives the employee the idea of what is expected of him or her, so that s/he can take accountability for his or her learning activities.
  • Does the employee have a preview of what the training entails?  When providing course work, employees are busy doing his or her daily tasks, that by providing a quick snapshot of what s/he will expect in the training session, will prepare him or her to quickly assess what is expected in the class.
  • Are there adequate tools for the employee to utilize during training sessions?  Whether it is software, hardware, or just another warm body in the classroom, ensuring that the tools are readily available and in good working condition makes the training session go smoothly or provide measurables for the employee to utilize.

EdTech 597 Links Entry

Business professionals face a major transformation of being mobile while working, growing from small, single minded, to a large, and broadly based corporation.  The changeover involves more knowledge that is readily accessible, and the quality of learning is ever evolving.  Here are some links that would allow adult learners to remain competitive in the labor force.

Train on the Move – This link allows adult learners to use mobile apps for business learning and corporate training.

Professional Development – This blog discusses how to manage all business activities, from cost to human resourcing.

Developing a Learning Strategy – This is a short video to understand how technology has changed the way people learn on the run.

The Perceived Value of Training – A blog about how the impact of positive training affects the learner in different phases.

 

Week Four for Blogging

EDTECH 597 – Blogging in the Classroom: Week 4 – Checklist

1. Read:

Schmidt, J. (2007). Blogging practices: An analytical framework. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, 12(4). Retrieved from http://jcmc.indiana.edu/vol12/issue4/schmidt.html

Kjellberg, S. (2010). I am a blogging researcher: Motivations for blogging in a scholarly context. First Monday, 15(8). Retrieved from http://firstmonday.org/htbin/c…/2962/2580

Due: 03 July

2. Post a “Links Entry” to your blog. Due: 29 June

3. Post a “List Entry” to your blog. Due: 01 July

4. Post a “Discussion Question Entry” to your blog. Due: 03 July

Sample of a Blogging Proposal

Click here to download the .pdf file to provide comments on draft proposal.

Blogging Proposal

Week Three for Blogging

EDTECH 597 – Blogging in the Classroom: Week 3 – Checklist

1. Read:

O’Donnell, M. (2006). Blogging as pedagogic practice: Artefact and ecology. Asia Pacific Media Educator, 17(1), 15-19. [PDF is linked into Moodle}

Lamshed, R., Berry, M. & Armstrong, L. (2002). Blogs: Personal e-learning spaces. Australia: Binary Blue. Retrieved from http://www.binaryblue.com.au/docs/blogs.pdf

Due: 26 June

2. Create a “disclosure” page on your blog. Due: 24 June

3. Draft a letter to school and/or school district administrators. Due: 26 June

4. Post tweets. Due: 26 June