I was shown one of the funniest Youtube videos I’ve seen in a while yesterday, which I have embedded below.
The video, Kittens! Inspired by Kittens!, is of a little girl video taping herself “reading” a book about… well… kittens as she isolates each picture and creates dialogue according to their body position. The crazy thing is this video has over six million views!!!
Although my friend introduced me to this video so I could get a good laugh, it also got me thinking a lot about technology and the skills our students are practicing regularly at home that could be utilized at school. Most students go home and are surrounded by technology whether it be with their cell phones, iPods, computers, etc. Kids are coming in with different literacies… new literacies… and schools need to work on embracing this new change!
Think about the world our students live in.
What are they doing for fun when they go home? How many still play with dolls, action figures, or fake kitchens? More children are using technology, becoming comfortable with technology, growing up understanding and learning with technology… so why when they come to school is this powerful and familiar tool being taken away?
School should be a place where students can blossom using the skills they already have in order to prepare them for the 21st century world, not a place where their full potential is being limited because of deficits in our education system.
Yes, some of the students that enter my classroom are low level readers and writers, but these are the same students that are extremely tech literate! They can create webpages, navigate through information, and collaborate with their peers about their interests! These are the new literacies that students need to have! As educators, it is our job to recognize that these skills as equally as important as other traditional literacies and find ways to effectives incorporate them into our lessons!
Enjoy watching the video below and think about this..
What kind of 21st century skills are our students coming to us with and how can we embrace them in our classrooms?