When we met this past Tuesday to talk about the readings, it made me think about preparing elementary school teachers who will be teaching their students to try and make sense of what has been called in research on literacy, “New Literacies”. My students will need to be teaching their students how to “read” in a whole new way. No longer is it words on the page. One assignment I added this past year to one of my language and literacy courses to address this issue is for my students to evaluate e-books. In an article I read last summer, it talked about the “seductive detail effects” of e-books for students – that is, they are more interested in playing with the different options that come with the e-books and miss the meaning of the book altogether. Therefore, we have to start teaching elementary-age students how to read these e-books, or at the very least, know what the “seductive details” are when students choose to read them. It is becoming a complex issue in teaching elementary school students how to read – to ensure they are understanding the content they are reading, and not just stuck in the “data deluge”.
I thought the readings this week would provide me with much to say, but alas, still not much to share. Though I think it is more about my not being used to blogging, not because of the readings themselves. The only thing that struck me was the piece by Weller who talks about Boyer’s definitions of scholarship. His ideas of scholarship are ones that the field of education often looks to, particularly the notion of application – how what we research applies to the wider world – in education, it is the classroom, teachers and students.
I have been struggling with what to write in a post because once it is out there, it is out there. So, Martha suggested writing about not wanting to write, which I am doing. However, this week, in reading about how to build a personal learning network, I have been thinking about how worthwhile that could be and decided to write a bit about that. I did some searching on interesting blogs, not necessarily work-related, but personal-interest related, and I came across the Laughing Squid. Glad I did! I also decided to follow a work-related twitter account called “Ed Surge”, that I found in a link from an article we needed to read for this coming week. So, I feel that I am beginning to build a personal learning network, though very slowly.