Day 3: e-Portfolio and More about Learners

19 Jan

Before we start today, let’s make sure everyone has completed the basic required tasks.  If you haven’t done it yet, please complete what you missed by 12 PM Saturday (Jan. 21).  Thanks!

  1. Student Information Sheet
  2. My e-Portfolio Form
  3. Learning Story


We created the “Home” page in our e-Portfolio this Tuesday.  Today, we are going to create the “About Me” page and the “Assignment” page.  I’ve noticed that we have some pioneers who created the “About Me” page as well.  You might be able to assist your classmates today.  🙂

  • Create the “Home” page for your e-portfolio
    • Give the e-Portfolio a name (maybe?)
    • List several things that you want to learn this semester
    • Insert an image
  • Create an “About Me” page
    • Write 2-3 paragraphs about yourself
    • Include several links to your favorite websites
    • Insert at least one image
  • Create an “Assignment” page

After creating these 3 pages, let’s take a quick look at everyone’s e-Portfolio and give each other some feedback.


How different are today’s learners and the learners 20 years ago?  What differences can you think about?  Let’s make a list together.

Is technology a big idea and the main theme emerging from our list?  How do you define technology?  In Larry Cuban’s book “Teachers and Machines: The Classroom Use of Technology since 1920”, he proposed that technology is the tool.  Therefore, a pen can be a technology.  Technology does not need to be a machine.  Technology can be multiple.  That is why you will see this term “ICTs” nowadays.  ICTs stands for “Information and Communication Technologies”.  However, some people believe that these tools are good for communication.  Communications are multiple.  Hence, you will see ICT (Information and Commnications Technology) sometimes.  But, no matter which term you use, the main purpose is to help our learners to learn.  It is very SIGNIFICANT for you, as an educator, to know your learners.

But, who are the 21st century learners?  Let’s watch the first video clip and talk about the ideas embedded in this video.

How Will You Teach Me in the 21st Century?

Now, let’s see how educators and researchers think about the 21st century learners.

The 21st Century Learners

Guiding Questions:

  • What is the big idea you get from this video clip?
  • Any similarity or difference form the previous video clip?
  • How important is the content?
  • How important is the skill?
  • How do you think about informal learning and formal learning?
  • Did you hear the term “digital native”?  Do you think you are one?
  • What is the role of teacher in the 21st century then?

Read about Class of 2015

Marc Prensky coined the terms “digital native” and “digital immigrant” to differentiate different generations.  People who were born after 1982 are “digital natives” who will be your future students.  People like me, who were born before 1982, are old generations and thus termed “digital immigrants”.  Based on this approach, you will find that there are still a lot of “digital immigrants” in today’s schools.  Therefore, YOU are important.  You are here learning new technologies and hopefully you can help your colleagues and students in the future.

For Next Tuesday:

  1. Make sure that you have 3 pages in your e-portfolio.  If you have question about this, feel free to email me or find some self-teaching tips in the “Resources” page.  If you still have question after reading those tips, just email me.
  2. Read Chapter 1 in your textbook– complete the Chapter 1 reading guide. (You are required to complete 4 of the 6 reading guides over the course of the semester.)
  3. How do you think about digital native and digital immigrant?  Here are some more supplementary readings about this topic (or argument).  Based on our class discussion, the video clips, readings, and your personal opinion, respond to 3 of the following questions.  You can upload the file to the assignment page in your e-portfolio.  If you prefer writing, you can submit the paper next Tuesday.
    1. How does the idea of a digital generation impact your potential to meet the needs of your future students? Use data from Kaiser Family Foundation report on media use by children to explain your answer.
    2. Read “The Myth of the Digital Native” and think about the argument and your experiences.  Do you see yourself a digital native or a digital immigrant?  If you could have a chance to talk to Marc Prensky, what would you say?  Do you agree or disagree with him?  If you agree with him, why?  If you disagree with him, how would you argue with him?
    3. Read this short article about digital media use among P-12 teachers. How has this changed since you were in P-12? You can view the entire “Digitally Inclined” report here.
    4. Come up with 3 “Beloit List” examples for the class of 2024. Be prepared to share these in class tomorrow.
    5. Read “Digital Nativism” by Jamie McKenzie. Revisit what we talked about in class. Who is right? Who is wrong? What does this mean for teaching and learning in your classroom?
  4. Send me one of your photo or tell me which photo I can use in your e-portfolio…I want to set up a page where you can find your peers’ e-portfolios.
  5. Think about who your future students will be for the assignments and projects in this class.  Which grade level?  Prek-2?  Elementary school students? Middle school students?  High school students?  And which subject do you want to focus on?  Math? Language art? Science? Social studies?

Last, this coming Sunday is Chinese New Year’s Eve.  It is a tradition that we get together with families on that day.  One exciting thing about Chinese New Year is the red envelope.  Children can get a red envelope from the elderly.  Why is it exciting?  Because the elderly will put money in the red envelope…If you are in a big family, then you can earn a lot of money during Chinese New Year.  🙂  So, Happy Chinese New Year!


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