Dead easy

So we made it! Group 7´s digital meet this evening was nearly crowded. After trying Adobe connect twice we decided to test Skype and if you ask me it was a small success. Finally we could hear Jennifer’s lovely voice (no longer Darth Waderish) and see Nour´s beautiful face.

I can´t  help comparing us adults competence with my daughter´s digital literacy. It really is remarkable what different skills we possesses. How is it possible that a twelve year old little human can navigate fearlessly and criss-cross among all available tools while we adults tremble even at the very thought of getting in to it. Without prestige my daughter and her cousin have been connected for years using their tablets and Skype. 89 kilometers separates them and they can spend hours in each other´s company using this dead easy tool.

What made us struggle a bit? Why didn´t we give in? Could it be the urge of dialogue… Coomey and Stephenson (2001) describe four major features of good practice for online learning where dialogue is one of them. They argues for structured dialogue lead by a moderator and designed after specific topics and questions.

As a student in #ONL161 I feel that this is what happens right here, right now. Alastair and Jennifer is guiding us gently into new ground with structured topics for us to interact and reflect on. It is almost you would think  that they have read the article 😉 Watch out – group 7 is on our way!

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Reference: Coomey, M., & Stephenson, J. (2001). Online learning: it is all about dialogue, involvement, support and control – according to the research. Teaching and learning online: Pedagogies for new technologies, 37-52.

3 thoughts on “Dead easy

  1. Great posts Annica! I will try to post photos too – that will piff up my blog. I too enjoyed our crowded meeting room. And I printed coomey and Stephenson for bedtime reading…or tomorrow….

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  2. We still need to get a few more members up and running but we’re making progress. There’s a lot of discussion about children’s digital literacy and I’m sure we’ll discuss this in the next topic.
    Indeed many children are very confident using digital media but many are not as digital as they seem. They’re good at using digital media for social interaction but very few know how to use them for work – search for information, write documents, create spreadsheets, collaborate, critical analysis etc. I would say that the digital native is a myth – now there’s a topic for a longer discussion 🙂

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  3. I guess we have to look back and evaluate what “digital native” really is Alastair:) Usually, the difficult part is getting to know the tools but for interested teachers I am pretty sure that they might be a bit confused at first but once they got a chance to familiarize the tool, they can apply it in different ways that will be useful to their jobs.

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