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Sunday, April 23, 2006

With Apologies to Jeff Foxworthy...(MICCA 2006)

We've discussed the concept of Digital Immigrants and digital accents. Think of at least one example of a digital accent and post it here.


  • An accent may show when a teacher prefers to go over to the tv and press the buttons instead of using the remote. Another example is the "shorthand" kids use, including slang, tech-terms, and chat-speak. Unless you learn and use these terminologies, it can look and sound like an entirely different language!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:51 AM  

  • When you start talking about the system network, most people at the school have no idea what you are talking about. A firewall, what is it, let alone what does it do? Most teachers don't understand that they may not access all websites from school because of the way the network is set up. All they know is that they want to use it and it's "not coming up". Internal internet security is a foreign language to them.

    My Space, blogging, all those different sites students use and abuse are totally foreign to most adults. They don't understand the implications they can have for student safety and well-being. We sound like Chicken Little, talking about dangers, when they don't understand what we are talking about.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:53 AM  

  • For me, its MP3 players and I-pods. I haven't learned how to use them although everyone in my family has one and I'm sure many of my students do too. I don't want to take the time to learn and/or use them, but I think that will have to come. I feel that I need to learn how to use them so I can "keep up" with my students.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:55 AM  

  • Coding

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:56 AM  

  • My digital accent is MP3 players and IMing. I'm not comfortable with either. I would like to learn to IM and I will, however, I have no desire to learn a MP3.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:56 AM  

  • My husband is waiting for me to show him how to use his iPod. He is my age, but demands that I download (legally) music for him.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:56 AM  

  • I am fearful of the digital accent that teachers put out there. In all of the fields that we teach, we are supposed to be the experts, yet when it comes to technology, we must be making our students laugh, as I did when my teacher could not run a vcr 20 years ago. How can we expect them to take what we say seriously, when we are making fools of ourselves in their language?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:00 AM  

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