Digital Culture Shock

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Digital Culture Shock

Let's face it,we are digital immigrants. Unlike our students, we haven't "spent our entire lives surrounded by and using computers, videogames, digital music players, video cams, cell phones, and all the other toys and tools of the digital age" (Prensky 2001). So how well have we acculturated? Take this quiz and choose the answers that are closest to what you do or think to find out!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    When you need information, your first impulse is to
    • A. 

      Go straight to a personalized search engine like Bing, Tweet a question, or text KGB.

    • B. 

      Google it.

    • C. 

      Get out the phone book, encyclopedia, or reader's guide to periodical literature. You might call customer service.

    • D. 

      Try an Internet search, but you usually get distracted and end up calling your best friend.

  • 2. 
    When your principal tells you to be on the look out for an email with important information, you
    • A. 

      Think to yourself, "Wow! I'll look up my user id and password and print it out."

    • B. 

      Have the school instructional technologist print it out from his account.

    • C. 

      Suggest setting up a school wiki or Ning to help her communicate more effectively and provide faculty feedback loops.

    • D. 

      Check your Inbox from your mobile phone during the faculty meeting to see if she's already sent it.

  • 3. 
    When a student asks if she can submit her draft electronically, you
    • A. 

      Say, "No way!" It's just an excuse to miss the deadline because she had "tech trouble".

    • B. 

      Think it is a great idea, but aren't sure how to download the attachment.

    • C. 

      Say sure, but you'll probably print it out to review and respond then hand it back during the next class.

    • D. 

      Say, "Of course. Post it to your blog and I'll comment this evening."

  • 4. 
    When you send an email out to your colleagues about an event in your department, you
    • A. 

      Call them to make sure they got it.

    • B. 

      Don't send email. Just put it in their box.

    • C. 

      Text them instead.

    • D. 

      Post it on the school wiki site and set the events calendar to send them email and text reminders.

  • 5. 
    It's March, and you realize you need three more CEU's before the next school year.  Unfortunately, there are no professional development events in your local area.  You
    • A. 

      Think that a virtual workshop would be cool but are quickly discouraged since you don't have an avatar in Second Life.

    • B. 

      Send your principal and pd coordinator at the county office a link to a highly regarded pd workshop that you found out about on a Ning, and propose that your principal pay the site broadcasting fee if you coordinate with the instructional technologist to videocast at your school.

    • C. 

      Go down to the county administrative office and complain.

    • D. 

      Set up an avatar and learn the ways of Second Life to prepare for your virtual workshop.

  • 6. 
    You go to a conference and are energized by a session demonstrating 10 uses of Twitter for your classroom.  When you get back, you find out that Twitter is blocked by your district. You
    • A. 

      Find another tool, even if that means you use index cards. You understand the point is not Twitter, because something else will come along to challenge and replace it. It's the various forms of communication students need to master and the knowledge of which one, when, why, and how to use it effectively in today's world.

    • B. 

      Forget about it because something else will come along to challenge and replace it.

    • C. 

      Sigh and think, "I wish I worked in the next county so I could try this in my class."

    • D. 

      Appeal to have the site unblocked, even if only for the day, and check again that morning to make sure you'll have access for your activity.

  • 7. 
    Your students are having a hard time memorizing information that they must recall on the End of Grade Test.  You
    • A. 

      Grouse about their lack of engagement in the material.

    • B. 

      Go to your online professional network and create a discussion that asks teachers across the country how they engage their students in this material.

    • C. 

      Think it would be a good idea to set up an online game to reinforce the lesson content but loose interest when you find the site wants you to pay a $30 membership fee.

    • D. 

      Send out a Tweet asking for the best free online simulation creators, make an interactive game that reinforces course content and share the link on your county's professional networking site with a reflection on your and your students' experiences.

  • 8. 
    You were selected to attend a training session on the new teacher evaluation instrument and you must, in turn, train your colleagues.  You
    • A. 

      Send an email out that covers the highlights of your training and include some links of interest for the faculty to view before your faculty meeting where you'll pull up the evaluation criteria on the projection system for your presentation.

    • B. 

      Instead of using faculty meeting, planning or instructional time, you embedded a Jing—a video tutorial—on the school wiki site that visually illustrates the new performance evaluation system. The Jing enables teachers to learn about the new system as well as ask questions through the forum. You post links to valuable resources which were shared with you at the training.

    • C. 

      Get administrative permission for the teachers to cover each others' last class of the day so you can talk face-to-face in small groups and give them some handouts.

    • D. 

      Ask them to friend you on Facebook because it seems like a good way to message them about it.

  • 9. 
    Your school has relaxed its policy on the use of cell phones in the classroom.  You
    • A. 

      Try it for a week but find out two of your students are "sexting" in class. You now confiscate all mobile devices at the door.

    • B. 

      Form a team with your colleagues and school leadership that collaborates virtually to investigate and pursue a grant for Smart Phones, citing Project K-Nect success in rural NC, to provide supplemental content in a Digital Native methodology.

    • C. 

      Think it would be neat for students to take pictures of notes on the blackboard, but you've got to get a better camera phone first.

    • D. 

      Create a "back channel" in the classroom where students with cell phones can blog and instant message during class to engage in conversation about the lesson at hand.

  • 10. 
    When I learned of this PD workshop called English Teacher 2.0, I thought
    • A. 

      I'm looking forward to sharing my digital experience and networking with other techie English teachers. I might learn a thing or two!

    • B. 

      This sounds interesting. Maybe I can be one of those teachers who uses an interactive board in my classroom!

    • C. 

      Why aren't we getting ourselves prepared for how Web 3.0 will change the nature of teaching and learning? Is this a virtual workshop?

    • D. 

      I doubt this session will have anything positive to offer. I'm here for the CEUs in technology.