A digital native explains her use of ICT

I found this video, as I do with so many others, by simply following a link from Facebook from a friend Linda Thumann. Yesterday she attended a meeting called Web 2.0 Smackdown at TechForum. For more information see her blog post at http://thumannresources.com/2010/10/22/tltechforum/

In the post she mentioned a number of web 2.0 resources that teachers had suggested as really useful to them. I knew about many of them but hadn’t really come across Symbaloo before.

I therefore investigated their site and came across their introductory videos. The one that I’ve included above really left me open-mouthed in amazement. Here was a grade 7 girl talking about the way that she used the program. but actually it was much more than that. Here was a digital native showing the potential of the use of technology for her learning.

I watched as she explained how she seamlessly blended her school programs to her use of away from school social media like Facebook and Twitter (pity it wasn’t allowed into her school but that’s another argument). She entered her reflections on her blog which was very much the e-portfolio use of a blog that I have mentioned elsewhere in another post. She sought confirmation of her ideas in  her poster (made by using Glogster) from expert scientists and she talked about the use of Skype to communicate with these experts and her co-students.

Listening and watching this short video I got to know just how much the young students in our schools have taken to the use and potential of technology for their ongoing learning. I feel it is still many teachers and administrators who are perplexed and concerned about its use. They should watch this video and they will see just how powerful and exciting it can all be.

To the student on the video… thank you.. you taught me a lot watching your use of technology….. maybe I will learn more from you in the future.

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