EDU 566 - Media Utilization & Curriculum
Unit 12 - Do you speak digital?
August 6, 2007
Do you speak digital?
1. Spawn 6. Mod
2. Avatar 7. IM
3. Skin 8. Wiki
4. YouTube 9. PSP
5. Blog 10. Mashup
I admit that although I thought I was fairly technology savvy, I only knew 5 terms
for sure, 3 - I guessed at, and 2 - I had no clue. My one teen son only knew 8 and
guessed at the last 2. My college son knew them all, but admitted to only actually
using/needing 4 (IM, Wiki, PSP and YouTube). I embrace technology that I feel will
improve my quality or functionality in life, and either reject or am indifferent to fully
embracing others. For instance, I love e-mail, list serves, Wiki and YouTube. However,
I am old fashioned in that I prefer to speak or email with someone rather than IM, and
definitely to speak with someone rather than go through an endless array of options only
to be hung up on at the 11th hour. In the context of Michelle Gorman’s article, she said
she learned Swedish under fire. Well, sometimes that’s the best way to learn, as long as
you are listening. Trying to learn a new language when you have no call to apply it may
yield peripheral familiarity but is far from complete literacy. I took 4 years of French in
high school, but never had the opportunity to use it. It wasn’t a waste of time as I believe
my interest in languages has aided my ability to relate to foreign words and terminology.
However, I can’t speak French. I don’t need to. I recognize various comments about
staying up with technology trends, and in general I support this position. However, with
so much that we are responsible for, I believe it is more important that we are
discriminating in what we choose to learn. In that I mean that we should concentrate on
technologies that directly benefit our students, teachers and peers. Keeping abreast of
new developments and products through professional journals and trade events adds that
peripheral perspective, if not the discovery of something truly applicable. But to expect
true fluency when it doesn’t apply is unrealistic.
That said, do you think it’s important for students to understand where we have
come from technologically speaking? Do they need to know about corded phones, LP’s,
cassette players, slides and filmstrips? Could be an interesting WebQuest!
Gorman, Michael. (2006, October 1). Do You Speak Digital? School Library Journal.
10. Retrieved August 3, 2007 from