February 22, 2010
Before getting started, I have to make 2 quick disclaimers.
- This post may be long so I will try to organize it and make it easy to scan.
- I have to include the words redefine, literacy and Warlick to ensure my blog post is found to include with today’s handouts so there they are:)
Now that housecleaning is out of the way, I hope you enjoy my reflections and sharing regarding my day with David Warlick!
Who was in the audience?
David Warlick presented to a group of educators today at Lubbock Christian University. The group consisted of educators, technology directors, administrators, counselors, and others! It was an excellent day of fun, networking and learning!
David Warlick caught my attention from the beginning by stating there was one thing we all needed to know about him. He is a learner. He went on to say that teachers have to become comfortable saying they don’t have the answer but helping students find it. I absolutely agree with these statements 100%! First of all, I am a lifelong learner! I am working on my third degree and learn from Twitter, reading, blogs, and playing in my “spare” time! Second of all, there is absolutely NO way a teacher can have the answer to every question a kid has! It is not the teacher’s responsibility to be an all-encompassing reservoire of knowledge. However, it is a teacher’s responsibility to teach kids how to find correct answers and how to validate their information. It is also a teacher’s responsibility to help student’s learn how to do something with their new found knowledge.
Integrate literacy, not technology!
With those statements on the table, Warlick went on to say that we must stop integrating technology and integrate literacy. In essence, students need to know how to learn! Not to sound like a brown-n0ser, but again, I agree 100%. Technology is important. There has to be someone around to try the new stuff and model it, but that is where technology training ends. The more important part is literacy integration. Students need to know how to complete searches on the Internet to get the most accurate information the quickest. Students need to know how to ensure that the source of an article is reputable and not from a hypocritical source. Students need to learn how to properly use Wikipedia. Yes, you heard me right, Wikipedia! (You can see more information from Warlick at www.davidwarlick.com/handoutsregarding URL backtracking for Internet searches, and the reasons Wikipedia is not evil.)
My next aha moment was this. Warlick said that we have the potential to grow knowledge at a rate we never have before. I have always thought of having the opportunity to learn at rates we never have before, but I had never thought of growing knowledge! What an amazing concept. We must not only learn from what is available to us, but it is our responsibility to share and create. We must teach students how to manage the data coming at them and demonstrate ways to synthesize and utilize that data. Most importantly, we have to get students asking questions! Warlick was quick to show us the importance of asking questions, and we must demonstrate that to students on a daily basis.
Next question posed to the crowd: With technical knowledge doubling every 72 hours, what does it mean to be educated? This means what I learned last week is already out of date, and I have a lot of new things to learn! I can’t do this on my own! I must collaborate, share, listen, read, and much more! I must create information that catches other’s attention. Teachers must learn how to communicate through multimedia and not pen and paper.
David Warlick stated that we must redefine literacy so that it reflects today’s information environment. We must:
- Explore what’s true
- Employ information
- Express ideas compellingly
According to Warlick, literacy today is not just reading and writing. It is learning literacy, learning habits, and learning lifestyle!
Personal Learning Networks:
The afternoon session was spent learning about PLN’s or Personal Learning Networks. This is one of my favorite topics. I can’t tell you how much I have learned in the past year from my PLN! Below I will post resources he shared:)
http://davidwarlick.com/2cents/ - David Warlick’s Blog (one of them at least)
(Others can be found on handout link at the bottom of this post.)
Allows audience to carry on conversation in the background of a presentation, video, lecture, etc.
http://todaysmeet.com/ - Backchannel used by Warlick today.
http://www.netvibes.com/#General - Great place to teach students about RSS feeds and how to keep up with blogs and other information.
http://www.flickr.com/creativecommons - How to search for Creative Commons photos on flickr.
Last thought for the day…David Warlick said….
“To teach in the 21st Century, we must teach from today, not from five years ago.”
This is a powerful statement that I will leave for you to reflect on. I would love to hear what you think about this post and anything I left out! You can find the handouts from today’s session at www.davidwarlick.com/handouts.