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Digital minds and analogue hearts – teachers beware!


Over the weekend I have been doing some research on pros and cons of social media in education because I see the gap between some of the “digitised” thinking students versus “the analogue” thinking ones and generally because I am interested.

I have come across this article (right click to download). I tend to agree with Mark Connolly: Knowing when, where, and with whom to use social media, may be the most important learning outcome of all. I have viewed the YouTube clip on this blog and find that while it may be exiting to the already “digitised” person (for whom it is aimed – I get that) it may come across as a threat to the “analogue” person. Do it now or you will miss out!!

With regards to introducing social media in the learning environment I come from the point of view as a teacher (as opposed from a business point of view) and I think we should be aware of the pros AND the cons so that we can give students the best of both worlds. There are good examples of this in the video clip (linked below) e.g. how Apple does not solely rely on online sales but has kept the old-fashioned face-to-face point of contact also.

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2 thoughts on “Digital minds and analogue hearts – teachers beware!

  1. Hi Els,
    Thank you for posting this great video and interesting article on our blog. I certainly agree with a lot of it, the article summarises everything I have read & think about Social Media in education REALLY well.

    I would like to comment on the following points in the article:

    1. “Using social media to cultivate and demonstrate deep learning is possible, but that requires overcoming the persistence of distraction, the surfeit of irrelevant information, and the temptation to wander.”

    There are tools that you can use to achieve deep learning through social media while putting the blinkers on students. I often use a tool called TodaysMeet when facilitating (which is like Twitter without the noise). It’s a private room that can be set up for a particular class and integrated with twitter by using a hashtag if so desired. Conversation can be emailed, printed, etc. TweetChat, similarly filters out noise, it displays tweets using the hashtag of your choice.

    There is a time and a place for the above tools. As a learner, I need to wander, explore, to see points made by the speaker paraphrased online. I can multi-task, compile notes, resources, etc. The collaboration, support and creativity I get using these tools when vworking through ideas, projects, etc. opens my mind up. I need to see the irrelevant information to discern, to know what’s relevant and irrelevant. For me this is deep learning.

    2. “The need to rapidly shift from object to object online can weaken students’ ability to control their attention.”

    If the facilitator/speaker is engaging and passionate, they have my attention! But why is there a need to control it? See above point. If this said ‘weaken student’s retention ability’ then I would agree!

  2. I like the idea of still doing face to face meet and greet. The best service with the best digital media coverage. The main information digitised with the explanation personalised. Use all the tools you have at your disposal.

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