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Video “I teach, therefore you learn…or do you?” March 1, 2009

Posted by handspiker in Uncategorized.
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I came across this cool video by Jose Picardo entitled “I teach, therefore you learn…or do you?” I think it really captures the dilemma of education. The first is that education is stagnant when it comes to how today’s students communicate. I think he is correct that even though times have changed the same basics still exist (socialization, friendship, entertainment, etc.) but in a new form. In writing my Masters paper today I realized that I teach how I was taught and that there is where the disconnect is between us. With technology becoming much more prevalent, I have forced myself [I think successfully] to learn new technologies to communicate with my students. I get teased from more mature teachers over my texting and computer use. The students at first teased me but have since begun to make use of my new technological literacy. I have begun to listen to my students, not simply hear them but listen. The second issue that is the problem is the comfort of not changing. Many times I find myself getting trapped by the comfort of doing things the same way as it is easier. This may be best for me, but not for the students. In one hand I do not get left behind, on the other hand I may. Take a look at this video, it is well worthwhile.



1. Brent - March 3, 2009

Thanks for the video link Todd. I agree that we need to reach students using whatever tools work. My concern is that somewhere along the way we have to remember that we’re teaching students to think at a variety of different levels. With Bloom’s Taxonomy and its six levels of learning in mind, I have to ask myself if I’m making full use of the internet and the web tools that are available to me. The internet saves me and my students a lot of work on recall, but I’m not sure if I’m exploiting it to develop higher levels of thinking. The video has got me thinking about my teaching and what I’m going to do with all the new tools I have. I guess that’s the point isn’t it? Thanks again.

2. Leanne - March 3, 2009

“We need to start listening to them” – this quote really jumped out at me. We often think that we are the soul fountain of knowledge in the classroom – how wrong that thought is! Teaching and learning should be a shared experience and what better time to delve into cooperative learning than now – with all the new technology that is available to us. Let the students be the experts and us, the teachers, the learners.

Wonderful video – thanks for sharing!

3. trevor gerwing - March 6, 2009

Great video Todd. I agree – we all teach the way we were taught. I guess the good news is that we can break the cycle relatively quickly and that the continuation of education as-is is certainly not a foregone conclusion.

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