Thursday, May 10, 2012

Joe's Non-Netbook

We are constantly talking about how our "digital native" students are trying to learn in our 19th century classrooms.  Our Millennials are connected 24/7 except when they come to class are expected to unplug.

Here is a video that I found where Joe is having problems making a book work because it doesn't have the elements of the ebooks he is used to reading.

What do you think?  Is this a problem in your room?

I added this to the posting on May 21.  Just thought that this spoof fit well and didn't have to create a new posting.

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  1. Great video! Does make a good point about some of the limiting factors of text books, especially a problem when you have 7 year old history books. It also reminds me of the old Monty Python skit. :)

  2. Jarod Bormann10:38 PM

    This is one reason why I think iPads and other eReaders will be the platform of the future for textbooks. This year was the first year we read The Odyssey on the iPads as a class, and the experience was completely different. It was amazing how much front loading students were doing...ON THEIR OWN. They were able to take the text and make it theirs. And to educators, that is simply known as differentiation. It's the hardest thing to accomplish as a teacher. But differentiation is built right into devices such as the iPad. On the other hand, textbooks don't have batteries that need recharged.

    1. Very interesting. I subbed in some classes that were reading the Odyssey, and they were not enjoying it. I tried to help them see how great a story it is, and how it is still applicable. Perhaps reading on an iPad will open the wonders of literature to more people.

      Hope so. If it does, we luddites will have to adjust!

  3. As an avid reader, this is a bit sad to me---however I DO remember the days of seeing that HUGE textbook at the beginning of the semester and thinking 'How am I going to learn all of this?!' What I find interesting---as we are currently looking at a new Social Studies curriculum at our school---is that many schools are actually creating their own texts instead of purchasing! This is incredible--and most likely the wave of the future! Another great elementary book that reminded me of your video is called, 'It's a book!' by Lane Smith. I love this book---as it reminds kids that you don't have to be plugged in to find entertainment.

  4. I feel pretty ambiguous about this. I want everyone to love real-world books as much as I do, but as an educator I want students to be motivated to learn.

    Tis a puzzlement

  5. Hilarious video. Definitely a great illustration of how students choose to access information is changing. Certainly a critique of how limiting traditional textbooks have become. Also, a lesson to probably not invest in paper based textbooks in the future.

    I've found that some of my students have the opposite reaction. What I mean is that they don't have enough exposure to emerging technologies so they see computers as source of frustration. some of these students may be coming from a home that may not be able to afford new technology. Is the technology gap that exists between groups of students just another story of the haves and the have-nots?


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