Do any of us claim that technology is the cure-all for the education issues in our country? I don’t think anyone in my PLN does. I strive to learn ways that technology can enhance instruction and possibly increase student engagement. I enjoy sharing these resources with teachers and offering suggestions of how they can be used inside and outside the classroom. I’m passionate about it. I enjoy passing on my knowledge via any medium: face-to-face, e-mail, Twitter, Skype, blogging. This is the real-time web and it’s changing the way we teach and learn. The “digital walls” of our classrooms are confining us less and less.
Many teachers I talk to, and more so the ones that initially were resistant to technology, don’t want to go back to their B.T. (before technology) days of teaching. They say, “I can’t imagine not having (insert instructional technology tool here) now that I’ve invested the time to implement its use. Students are more communicative, collaborative, and creative. All around they are engaged more, which leads to increased achievement. It’s great to see teachers embracing 21st century teaching and learning by gaining a strong knowledge of a variety of tools and their purpose. These are tools that meet one or more of the 3Cs. There is no longer one means to an end for students to demonstrate mastery.
Does this mean these teachers have completely ditched all traditional methods of teaching? I highly doubt it.
Is technology a cure all? No. However, I must ask though, when is technology integration is going to be the new “traditional methods of teaching”?
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