Response to “Words Without Walls: Learning Well with Others” by Will Richardson

Will Richardson, in my opinion, gave a concise “state of affairs” in terms of the roles of technology and teachers in his article, “Words Without Walls:  Learning Well with Others”.  I took away four important ideas.  First, in the face of expanding digital media, the role of the teacher has shifted.  We need not only to be teaching new ways of accessing information, but training students in making good decisions and gathering and processing information through a critical lens.  Secondly, students should be collaborating in a way that is unlike a traditional classroom definition.  Experts and individuals with like interests are a keyboard stroke away, and students need skills that will enable them to interact effectively within this digital environment.  Thirdly, Richardson hints that, with information at our fingertips, the possibility for differentiation in instruction takes on a whole new perspective.  Lastly, students are already networked, by virtue of FACEBOOK, TWITTER, etc.  Teachers should embrace the “tech savy-ness” of their students and guide them to be productive, collaborative, creative, and ethical digital learners.

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About Jamie

I am currently a middle school Language Arts and Social Studies teacher at The American School in Japan.
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2 Responses to Response to “Words Without Walls: Learning Well with Others” by Will Richardson

  1. Daryl says:

    Nicely put Jamie.
    In the middle school are you finding that the norm for students is that they are tech-saavy and socially connected via the internet? Are students constantly checking their iPod, cel phone, or accounts via the internet. Does it make it challenging to keep the students connected to class in general?

  2. Kim Cofino says:

    Great list of take-aways! Glad the article resonated with you! Are you already applying these concepts in your classroom? What is the experience like? If not, why not? What are the obstacles you face? Where can you start? How does your current work environment fit within this concept of education?

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