Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Week#12 - Technology & Cross-Cultural Communication

This week's Core Question: 
How are recent technological developments (e.g. the internet and mobile technology) affecting learning and cross-cultural communication?

Sources - Browse, skim, watch, find something interesting (below or elsewhere) that addresses our core question.

Food for Thought: Changing Education Paradigms

Other cool RSA Animate Videos
  Language as a Window into Human Nature
   The Power of Networks

  The Divided Brain
and from other sources
Rethinking Education

At its heart, connectivism is the thesis that knowledge is distributed across a network of connections, and therefore that learning consists of the ability to construct and traverse those networks.

Connectivism: Questioning the Role of the Teacher
Seven Habits of Highly Connected People

The Networked Student: Video  & Blog Post

The Flipped Classrooma form of blended learning which encompasses any use of technology to leverage the learning in a classroom, so a teacher can spend more time interacting with students instead of lecturing. This is most commonly being done using teacher-created videos that students view outside of class time.

 Let's use Video to Reinvent Education (click show transcript to see English or Korean)

More about Khan Analytics (starts at 1:10)

Interview with Salman Khan

About Flipped Classroom

The Flipped Classroom Project

Teachers "Doing The Flip" To Help Students Become Learnershttp://www.thedailyriff.com/articles/teachers-doing-the-flip-to-help-students-become-learners-531.php

The World is Flat by Thomas Friedman The title is a metaphor for viewing the world as a level playing field in terms of commerce, where all competitors have an equal opportunity.

    Transcript Here


    Social Networking ELT Professional Development

    Electronic Village Online Participant Map

    Student Engagement
    Discussion Questions
    • How do you feel about the growing presence of online, interactive technology in our lives?
      What do you see as the biggest advantages and disadvantages (personally and for society)?
    • Twenty years ago, how much did you interact with people from other countries?
      How about now?  What role has technology played in any change?
    • How does (can) social networking affect our view of the world and interaction with other cultures?
      Has it had any effect on yours?
    • What are your thoughts on changing the paradigm of education?   How can education be re-imagined to address the economic and cultural desires of national and global society?
    • How could you envision a 'flipped classroom' model working for language learning? (lecture/presentation at home, teacher interaction in class)  
      What would be the challenges, advantages, and disadvantages?
    • How would being part of a global learning community affect language learning in your class?
      How might gaming dynamics like 'badges, scores, and virtual role play' affect your students learning and participation in a global learning community?
    • In a connectivist model, knowledge is distributed across a network of connections.  If that is the case, what is the role of teacher?

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