“Digital Native.” This is a common term for the generation of students in your classrooms today and next fall. I heard a story recently regarding a young man (in his late teens) employed at a local car dealership. He was asked to move a car, but after a few minutes came back into the dealership confused and befuddled, as he couldn’t find the button to turn the car on. They had to show him how to use a key! Another story I recently heard was about how a teacher asked a fourth grader what time it was by looking at the clock on the wall (a clock with two hands and numbers). Sadly, he couldn’t answer because he was only used to digital clocks on phones. These are both examples of issues most adults do not face but that are becoming more commonplace among young students due to modernizations that have changed simple, daily functions.
Technology will continue to change at a rapid rate. Therefore, we as educators must reflect on whether or not we are both adapting and providing students the knowledge & tools they need (critical thinking, digital awareness, and basic foundations in both math and reading) to prepare for the challenges they’ll face in an ever-changing world. I challenge all educators, during these “lazy-days” of summer, to read at least one professional book to challenge your thinking and perhaps provide ideas for your instructional practices. Below are some recommendations that, while non-educational, can be applied to any setting.
A collection of Oklahoma education-related news of the week.
I know I have done a blog on this before, but I have to share that it was so refreshing to see over 300 educators give up a Saturday to attend the OU Ipadpalooza to learn how to keep their classroom “fresh” and current using today’s technology.
On December 1, the pay threshold for non-exempt employees will be raised from $23,660 to $47,446. Additionally, the classification for exemption has narrowed, meaning that employees once considered executive, professional or administrative might be eligible for overtime pay.
As more and more schools’ budgets are being further reduced, reductions in force (RIF) continue to be explored by many districts. A couple more questions frequently asked are worth reviewing once again this year.