Have You Been Paying Attention?

I came across a video “Pay Attention” which was posted on YouTube 6 months ago to motivate teachers to use technology more effectively in their teaching.   I found this video interesting, educational, and thought provoking.  I think the current technology development such as Web 2.0, social networking, and mobile technology will change the way teachers and students interact and learn.

The video talks about digital natives and the use of Web 2.0 tools in education.  The author raises many serious questions.  How do your students learn?  How can you become a better teacher for educating digital learners?  Are you engaging your students?  How do we turn our classrooms into learning engines? Why do so many teachers refuse to enter the digital age with their teaching practices?  Before watching this video, I suggest that you give some thoughts about these questions and then see whether you agree with the author after watching the presentation.

 

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About Steve Yuen

I am a Professor Emeritus of Instructional Technology and Design at The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, United States.
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14 Responses to Have You Been Paying Attention?

  1. Christopher Tisdale says:

    I really believed that teachers are going to have to bring education to “life.” Standing behind a podium and lecturing is not gaining the attention of our students, but turning our students off. With this generation of digital learners, teachers must prepare themselves to use new technology to keep the interest of our students. As teachers, we must not be afraid to incorporate technology into the classroom, but must embrace it. It’s part of our world and our students are taking full advantage of it; educators must do the same.

    When I told my students that I was going to start using weblogs to post notes and assignments, use an online program to provide quizzes, test, and exams, and was in the process of learning how to use Slideshare so they could access my lectures with audio from my website, the students were excited about learning.

    I had to ask myself these questions: Do I enjoy lecture? Are my students really listening to me as I am lecturing? Do I bore myself? From analyzing these questions, I knew I had to do something to gain the attention of my students. So I decided to pursue an education where I can learn the new technology and incorporate this new technology into my classroom. Most evaluators of teachers state that the lesson taught is boring, but with technology it can be exciting and powerful for any learner. Lectures can be exciting and interesting with just a little help from technology.

    After being in IT780 for just a short period of time, I have learned so much about how to bring education to “life” for my students. This new technology helps me stay organized and on task. Technology is not something educators should fear, but something that we must all learn how to use to become better educators. All it takes is some time and effort; the majority of the time the student can teach you. 

  2. Lou Ellen says:

    From a student’s perspective, I do need more stimulation. I do not learn from listening to a professor talk about a subject unless it is engaging. I learn from doing and applying lessons. Graduating college does not mean that you will be ready for a job. It does not mean that the professors taught you enough for you to go into the world and apply what you have learned. Schoolwork can get left behind if the course is seen as “unnecessary” or “boring.” But what if we did make them engaging? What if educators used their tools and their technology to teach them life lessons and educational lessons? Video games, cell phones, television, and computers – these are all sources that educators need to be incorporating into their teaching plans. Curriculum like this is few and far between these days, but that is going to have to change if we are going further the education of the digital natives. I think we have all seen children in the classroom lose focus and drive. These things are blamed on problems like attention deficit disorder or learning disability, when in reality, most of these children do not suffer from these, but there is nothing else to blame. How do we change these patterns when we are not allowed to use cell phones in schools or we fail to develop technology for the classroom? Who else is there to blame, but the educators themselves? I know that is harsh, and only somewhat true, but the reality is that educators are there to educate and learn new things to teach new things.

  3. guoqiangcui says:

    I certainly share the idea with the presented YouTube “Pay Attention”. Actually most of the students, the digital natives handle the lately developed technology at a great ease. They can get familiar with all the functions of the latest brand cell phone and freely use all its features while their mom and dad are still celebrating on the success of sending short message. Most of the young people are so talented in using the latest technology and the technology is spreading to every corner and every filed. But one problem is that not all the teachers are as young and native to technology as they are. The case is that some of the experienced teachers who have been teaching for several decades are at the same age as the young students’ parents.

    The traditional way of teaching is being challenged greatly and the advanced and latest technology is facilitating teachers and the teaching process in a better way. So the teachers who are not quite good at or confident with the necessary technology used in class need training. The government and local educational institution should also pay more attention to this. Only teachers who are familiar with the technology and handle this at ease can best integrate the technology and their own way of teaching. Students will also be more engaged and paying more attention to the class if they are being taught in a new way with the latest technology which they are so interested in. And the result would be surprisingly good.

  4. wanda moye says:

    This is a video that was shown the first day of class. I was so impressed with it that I have shown it to other educators. I have also invited my school districts superintendent to view it with me. I concur that digital natives learn to use technology quicker and easier than digital immigrants. However, it is up to the educational community to stay ahead of the curve and use these Web 2.0 tools as learning instruments.

    Email, ipods, wikis, blogs, and cell phones are tools that students use daily. Teachers traditionally have not been exposed to the very tools that capture the attention of the young. Even video games keep the attention of some of our youth that we use to label ADD or ADHD. The United States Army has gaming programs developed to recreate combat scenes and the Navy has recreated a complete digital experience for its pilots and for ships crews. These are the jobs of tomorrow. Digital immigrants that are in education are directed to take courses that keep them abreast of what generation-X needs to be prepared for tomorrow’s job skills. Young teachers that are digital natives are expected to bring their technology skills into the classroom to help both Dick and Jane learn as much as possible.

    One of the ways to close the gap of the digital have’s and have’not is to equip the classroom with teachers and equipment that all students can learn from. Also, as educators we need to acknowledge a new way of assessment for today’s students. Reading and writing do not follow the same pattern for success as was needed in yars past. The words e-mail, wiki, ipod, and blog are a few of the thousands of words that are added to our vocabulary to communicate our changing world. This world and its tools need to be assessed differently.

  5. 陳旭能 says:

    所有執教老師或企業訓練師均應有相同之努力重點—如何提升學生之上課注意力。學生上課時必須全神灌注,老師教學之內容才有機會被吸收。即使是企業界之訓練講師,雖其所面對訓練對象均為成人,然亦均有必須引導學員專心上課之困擾。其實,學員之專心與否,與其受訓時所具備之學習動機有密切關係。學習動機若強烈則學員上課時之態度必趨於積極;因此許多企業講師常在上課前之課程設計中將課程所能夠帶給學員關心或樂趣之重點加以整理、包裝、編排,藉以在課程中作為持續引起學習動機之工具。而也越來越多教育工作者及企業訓練講師發現,其所設計之引發學習動機重點,若經由科技設備呈現將較為省力化且效益化。使用資訊與多媒體設備能在短時間內即釋放出許多學習刺激,當這些引發學習樂趣之訊號以大量且新奇、集中之方式呈現時,對於學習效果之助益甚高。比如播放經設計作為課程引導之短片便是一例;而目前普遍使用的POWER POINT藉投影設備進行教學之方式亦是最佳實例。至於本文所涵括之課程中使用即時網路教學方式,亦為最近企業受訓者所喜愛之訓練模式。不過,值得注意的是—教學者不課過於依賴使用視訊科技刺激來提升學習專注力;有時由於過於趣味化或好奇之問題,學員思緒反而可能更偏離課堂。比如企業訓練中,當OFF.J.T.模式容許學員各自操作電腦並上網時,經常有學員躭於瀏覽螢幕甚至觀賞與課程不相干之畫面,嚴重影響課堂學習。

  6. 陳旭能 says:

    所有執教老師或企業訓練師均應有相同之努力重點—如何提升學生之上課注意力。學生上課時必須全神灌注,老師教學之內容才有機會被吸收。即使是企業界之訓練講師,雖其所面對訓練對象均為成人,然亦均有必須引導學員專心上課之困擾。其實,學員之專心與否,與其受訓時所具備之學習動機有密切關係。學習動機若強烈則學員上課時之態度必趨於積極;因此許多企業講師常在上課前之課程設計中將課程所能夠帶給學員關心或樂趣之重點加以整理、包裝、編排,藉以在課程中作為持續引起學習動機之工具。而也越來越多教育工作者及企業訓練講師發現,其所設計之引發學習動機重點,若經由科技設備呈現將較為省力化且效益化。使用資訊與多媒體設備能在短時間內即釋放出許多學習刺激,當這些引發學習樂趣之訊號以大量且新奇、集中之方式呈現時,對於學習效果之助益甚高。比如播放經設計作為課程引導之短片便是一例;而目前普遍使用的POWER POINT藉投影設備進行教學之方式亦是最佳實例。至於本文所涵括之課程中使用即時網路教學方式,亦為最近企業受訓者所喜愛之訓練模式。不過,值得注意的是—教學者不課過於依賴使用視訊科技刺激來提升學習專注力;有時由於過於趣味化或好奇之問題,學員思緒反而可能更偏離課堂。比如企業訓練中,當OFF.J.T.模式容許學員各自操作電腦並上網時,經常有學員躭於瀏覽螢幕甚至觀賞與課程不相干之畫面,嚴重影響課堂學習。

  7. 秀敏 says:

    科技發展快速,對於新的世代而言電腦網路已經成為他們生活的一部份,他們的生活因為網路變的更加的多采多姿,他們可以由網路中得到他們想要的資訊與知識,想想那麼他們來學校要學什麼才是應該學習的?需要學習的?是不是再如以前的教學一般,給予他們從網路、書本中可以查詢的訊息呢?是嗎?那何不問問GOOGLE就好,何需浪費時間進入教室空間花時間呢?我想這是不理智的教學方式,也是在資訊快速流通及易於取得的世代中不理想的教學!我想學生因為進入教室中聽取與學習已知及易於取得的知識,是一種浪費時間及降低自我競爭力的的行為。我們還要這樣做嗎?如果您是一位教師您還要這樣教您的學生嗎?如果您為人父母您想要您的小孩這樣被教導嗎?我想是時候要改變了!但要教什麼?科學、驗證、檢證、判別資訊及整合資訊為知識的能力。

  8. 秀敏 says:

    科技發展快速,對於新的世代而言電腦網路已經成為他們生活的一部份,他們的生活因為網路變的更加的多采多姿,他們可以由網路中得到他們想要的資訊與知識,想想那麼他們來學校要學什麼才是應該學習的?需要學習的?是不是再如以前的教學一般,給予他們從網路、書本中可以查詢的訊息呢?是嗎?那何不問問GOOGLE就好,何需浪費時間進入教室空間花時間呢?我想這是不理智的教學方式,也是在資訊快速流通及易於取得的世代中不理想的教學!我想學生因為進入教室中聽取與學習已知及易於取得的知識,是一種浪費時間及降低自我競爭力的的行為。我們還要這樣做嗎?如果您是一位教師您還要這樣教您的學生嗎?如果您為人父母您想要您的小孩這樣被教導嗎?我想是時候要改變了!但要教什麼?科學、驗證、檢證、判別資訊及整合資訊為知識的能力。

  9. Madelon Gruich says:

    The slide which states that today’s generation was “born into a digital world expecting to create, consume, remix, and share material” is so true. With social networking sites, communication has changed into a more profound connectivity with the world. Teens find time to spend hours online every week. The tools available to them in the social media environment are certainly finding their way into educational settings. Students are comfortable utilizing digital tools and learning in different ways. The Internet has created untold learning opportunities both at home and in formal learning settings; therefore, instructors must keep learning interesting and incorporate available Web 2.0 technology into classrooms. Today’s youth are fearless when it comes to using computers and electronic gadgets, and according to this presentation, children under two are also involved in certain types of technology. If educators are to keep the attention of their students, make learning viable and engaging, then they must not be afraid to include emerging technology in classrooms and learning settings. Business and industry change as technology continues to change, so students must be introduced to the latest technology as it becomes available.

    The statistics of digital expertise and use by individuals are always interesting and support the need to enhance learning through the use of technology. Complacency is often the root of failures in education. By looking at new teaching strategies which take advantage of technological advancements, teachers can bring new experiences and learning opportunities into every classroom. Effort is required to enhance any learning situation, and we cannot sit back and let technology pass us by.

  10. Roslyn Warren says:

    I really enjoyed this presentation! I love the elements of the music and the red lettering on the black background which forces you to focus on the message at hand.. We will lose our kids if we don’t stimulate them. Although the whole piece was dynamic, I enjoyed the section that discussed the perceptions that students have towards learning at school–the terms “powerdown” and the fact that only 21% of students actually find some part of school interesting while most believe that they will never use the skills that they learn in highschool again is startling! Nevertheless, its true. Kids don’t have to hate school jjust because it’s called school. Places of learning can be so much more than what they are.

    The main reason that I loved college was not just the freedom away from my parents, but the flexibility to choose the concentration of classes that I wanted to take. This makes the learner more engaged because they don’t have to feel as though they are learning a bunch of unneccessary information. Perhaps students can pick a field during their Senior Year. With technology, teachers can accomodate a Rocket Scientist or a Biologist, or even a Writer because learning can become an independent study for the student. There are so many resources on the web that it will not be hard to locate materials. It just takes time that unfornately some educators feel that they don’t have. We have to reach our students with new and innovative methods or we’ll continue to lose more and more of them.

  11. Patrick Chiang says:

    這部和Did you know文章所提供的影片shift happens所傳達的概念相近,讓我不禁想做另一部影片,從另一個角度來提出我的質疑,只不過真要做的話會花上不少時間去做調查,而結論是否真如我所想我也不敢說。
    我要提出的看法是,到底是誰創造了這個Digital world?到底是誰讓小孩子一天花這麼多的時間在computer或是screen media?如果這種現象是我們這一代所造成的,那教育所該做的是到底算是順應潮流?補償挽救?還是該當個守門員把關?

    數位世界是怎麼來的?不就是美國國防部為了作業上加快速度、突破時間限制、分散風險、有效儲存資訊並應用資訊為目的下發展出來,源自國防上的需求而被推廣到商業化的一項技術,其實它不也和武器或化學武器的製造發展一樣來自同一個出身嗎?原子彈有立即的殺傷力,所以我們知道它的危險,但電腦網路科技卻比較像是吸毒成癮,一步步讓人們不知不覺地習慣它、不能沒有它,甚至到現在還想透過教育的改變讓我們的下一代和它緊緊相扣。

    重點是,它到底是良方還是毒藥?大部份的文章主題都是在探討它的優勢,卻也沒幾篇會去問到它的後遺症與危機在哪?就好比100個人有99個人都說好的時候,到底它是多數的好呢?還是真正的好?

    我看到的是,創造出數位世界的這一群所謂的數位移民(我認為比較像是數位創造者),創造了這個新的世界,突然間改變了原本的生存之道,而為了生存改變了生活方式,也讓小孩的成長方式改變了。大人一整天忙於工作,甚至晚上及假日加班或帶工作回家,沒時間在家教育小孩的結果,就讓小孩子在家整天跟著電視電腦親近,慢慢地培養出所謂的數位原住民出來。在親子教育當中,有很多家長在家不裝第四台,為的是不讓小孩整天看電視,認為這會影響專注力;不喜歡讓小孩出門找同學朋友,可是卻讓小孩子在房間上網玩電腦,跟朋友玩遊戲、聊天,似乎這樣比較安全;也甚至是家長自己也愛玩電腦,既然無法以身做則,美其名乾脆再弄一部電腦跟小孩一起用,當做是親子共同的休閒活動。我們都知道同儕影響的力量有多大,一傳十、十傳百,你不用電腦就幾乎等於會失去朋友,形成一股同儕壓力,就像腸病毒一樣快速地蔓延開了,變成現在的社會現象。

    去學校玩沒有去電腦玩來得輕鬆?跟電腦玩比較有趣!跟電腦玩沒有人會要你做東做西!玩電腦不必在像學校一樣非得坐在教室裡!想玩就玩,想休息就休息。這樣養成的小孩到了學校之後,生活方式與家裡不一樣了,相較之下當然無趣,不是嗎?但我們現在卻把這種現象結果一味地歸究是學校教育跟不上時代潮流,認為是學校不重視學習者特性與個別差異,進而要求學校的一切都是守舊的,課程要改、教學方式要改、老師要改、甚至連校園也得一起改,我認為從出發點來看,這是完全不對的?這是數位移民推卸責任的作法。

    Have you been pay attention? Yes, I’am.但我卻有這樣的擔憂與看法,與其在數位虛擬世界學更接近真實,為何不盡量去真實的世界裡學?與其透過網路和同學用圖片相片相見,用圖示給笑臉哭臉,為何不直接面對面去給他一個大大的擁抱?

    我大概15年前就進入教學科技的領域,也同樣看著電腦從早期8位元到現在的64位元的改變,但我們親身經歷及認知電腦是出現來幫助我們的,但將來的小朋友卻是一生下來就是處在這個環境,電腦的存在對他們是理所當然的東西,在觀念上,我們當電腦是工具,但我們卻讓電腦變成是他們的環境,也難怪會存在老師們對使用科技會有所困擾,這不僅是改變他們的教學習慣,也同時是在強迫改變他們對電腦是工具的認知。

    不否認社會環境永遠在變化,而教育的目的就是要培養下一代在新的社會環境下生存,老師當然有責任協助學生去適應,並在這過程上自己先調適並改變,我們可以將這部影片的重點,是要給那些固守傳統模式不願改變的人一記當頭棒喝,了解現在的教育問題可能出現的問題,但同時我們也別忘了好好想想,過份依賴科技的後遺症的問題探討也一樣重要,還是說,它就像是一個要等40年以後才會發作的慢性病一樣可以被容忍及忽略。

  12. Patrick Chiang says:

    這部和Did you know文章所提供的影片shift happens所傳達的概念相近,讓我不禁想做另一部影片,從另一個角度來提出我的質疑,只不過真要做的話會花上不少時間去做調查,而結論是否真如我所想我也不敢說。
    我要提出的看法是,到底是誰創造了這個Digital world?到底是誰讓小孩子一天花這麼多的時間在computer或是screen media?如果這種現象是我們這一代所造成的,那教育所該做的是到底算是順應潮流?補償挽救?還是該當個守門員把關?

    數位世界是怎麼來的?不就是美國國防部為了作業上加快速度、突破時間限制、分散風險、有效儲存資訊並應用資訊為目的下發展出來,源自國防上的需求而被推廣到商業化的一項技術,其實它不也和武器或化學武器的製造發展一樣來自同一個出身嗎?原子彈有立即的殺傷力,所以我們知道它的危險,但電腦網路科技卻比較像是吸毒成癮,一步步讓人們不知不覺地習慣它、不能沒有它,甚至到現在還想透過教育的改變讓我們的下一代和它緊緊相扣。

    重點是,它到底是良方還是毒藥?大部份的文章主題都是在探討它的優勢,卻也沒幾篇會去問到它的後遺症與危機在哪?就好比100個人有99個人都說好的時候,到底它是多數的好呢?還是真正的好?

    我看到的是,創造出數位世界的這一群所謂的數位移民(我認為比較像是數位創造者),創造了這個新的世界,突然間改變了原本的生存之道,而為了生存改變了生活方式,也讓小孩的成長方式改變了。大人一整天忙於工作,甚至晚上及假日加班或帶工作回家,沒時間在家教育小孩的結果,就讓小孩子在家整天跟著電視電腦親近,慢慢地培養出所謂的數位原住民出來。在親子教育當中,有很多家長在家不裝第四台,為的是不讓小孩整天看電視,認為這會影響專注力;不喜歡讓小孩出門找同學朋友,可是卻讓小孩子在房間上網玩電腦,跟朋友玩遊戲、聊天,似乎這樣比較安全;也甚至是家長自己也愛玩電腦,既然無法以身做則,美其名乾脆再弄一部電腦跟小孩一起用,當做是親子共同的休閒活動。我們都知道同儕影響的力量有多大,一傳十、十傳百,你不用電腦就幾乎等於會失去朋友,形成一股同儕壓力,就像腸病毒一樣快速地蔓延開了,變成現在的社會現象。

    去學校玩沒有去電腦玩來得輕鬆?跟電腦玩比較有趣!跟電腦玩沒有人會要你做東做西!玩電腦不必在像學校一樣非得坐在教室裡!想玩就玩,想休息就休息。這樣養成的小孩到了學校之後,生活方式與家裡不一樣了,相較之下當然無趣,不是嗎?但我們現在卻把這種現象結果一味地歸究是學校教育跟不上時代潮流,認為是學校不重視學習者特性與個別差異,進而要求學校的一切都是守舊的,課程要改、教學方式要改、老師要改、甚至連校園也得一起改,我認為從出發點來看,這是完全不對的?這是數位移民推卸責任的作法。

    Have you been pay attention? Yes, I’am.但我卻有這樣的擔憂與看法,與其在數位虛擬世界學更接近真實,為何不盡量去真實的世界裡學?與其透過網路和同學用圖片相片相見,用圖示給笑臉哭臉,為何不直接面對面去給他一個大大的擁抱?

    我大概15年前就進入教學科技的領域,也同樣看著電腦從早期8位元到現在的64位元的改變,但我們親身經歷及認知電腦是出現來幫助我們的,但將來的小朋友卻是一生下來就是處在這個環境,電腦的存在對他們是理所當然的東西,在觀念上,我們當電腦是工具,但我們卻讓電腦變成是他們的環境,也難怪會存在老師們對使用科技會有所困擾,這不僅是改變他們的教學習慣,也同時是在強迫改變他們對電腦是工具的認知。

    不否認社會環境永遠在變化,而教育的目的就是要培養下一代在新的社會環境下生存,老師當然有責任協助學生去適應,並在這過程上自己先調適並改變,我們可以將這部影片的重點,是要給那些固守傳統模式不願改變的人一記當頭棒喝,了解現在的教育問題可能出現的問題,但同時我們也別忘了好好想想,過份依賴科技的後遺症的問題探討也一樣重要,還是說,它就像是一個要等40年以後才會發作的慢性病一樣可以被容忍及忽略。

  13. sirui says:

    I like this post very much, for the question asked in the title is just what I am trying to find an proper answer. Have you been pay attention in learning process? And how could teacher keep their students paying attention in classroom over the total 45 mins teaching and learning? If we cannot deal with the question about concentration properly, it would even lead to the failure of teaching and learning process. Technology could assist learning process, and could be used by teachers to attract students’ attention, but sometimes it is not long-lasting, even may distract attention! In the attractive and thoughtful video, several questions are so real and critical for education. Being a teacher, are you reaching your students? are you engaging them? The fact that technology has already been involved into people’s daily life, and learners are in their digital time. If education and educator were still staying in the same way before, how could education go on to its future? How could learners learn from school?

    One point that I like most of this video is the 3 Ws. As we all know that, www is the door of web world, which brought human being a completely new world and also brought the time of information explosion. WWW could also be the initial letters of Whatever, Whenever, and Wherever, which could be a hint of considering different ways to use Internet in teaching and learning. Large amount of tool based on Internet have been exampled in this video, wiki, blog, blogfolio, online testing, GIS, even cellphones. Data from investigation show that all these technologies have been used by students, what teachers could do with those technologies? Using cellphones to teach, using blog to teach… Imaging that classroom had been removed to a small screen but with higher efficiency, How great it is!

    Maybe nowdays, more complains have been found among teachers, it is more and more common to find that students are easily distracted from other things in classroom. Some of them may texting or playing with cellphone, some of them may playing with laptop, some of them may distracted with other electronic products. Supposing that, bringing all these things into classroom in a reasonable way, how could students react? I am expecting.

  14. keenon wynn says:

    I would agree that my students are surrounded by technology and if by digital learners you mean that students go straight from point A to point B I would agree with that and technology can accommodate. I also have asked the question “If all of our students are well versed in technology from an early age, why are we not trying to appeal to their sense of technology?” And why are more teachers not pushing for technology in their classroom. Well, sadly I feel that the biggest issue is fear of technology. There are a lot of teachers out there who are scared to death of keyboard and anything attached to them. The ironic thing is that these same people who tell me they don’t want technology ,specifically computers, in their classroom has some of the most lavish smart phones money can buy and they seem incapable of getting along or driving without glued to their ear. The real issue is there are teacher and people in other professions who just do not want to take the time to learn. I understand the hesitation to an extent. I was intimidated at first but after I realized how much better and easier in the classroom would be with technology I cannot dream of doing this job without it.
    The second issue with not having technology in the classroom comes down to money. I realize that money is tight right now and technology can be expensive. But as I have found over my few year of teaching if it is wanted bad enough you can find a way to get it done.

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