Last week I had a couple of interviews. One of the questions I was presented with was:
How will I use technology to teach my students?
I think it is so important to use technology in the classroom. I think that we as educators should not be teaching our students necessarily how to use Word, PowerPoint, and other applications. But rather, we need to teach them how to use the resources (technology) around them to find out information, share their findings, communicate with others around the world, and so on.
As Alvin Toffler states,
“The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.”
Our students need to be able to embrace change around them and constantly grow and learn. They need to know how to access the wealth of information that is available for them. This will not make our students smarter than students from the past, but they will know how to use the resources around them to their fullest potential, which will allow them to formulate more “intelligent” outputs of information.
The world is changing around us and thus our students learn differently. We can’t teach how we taught in the 1950’s anymore because our students have a new way of thinking. Our curriculum needs to adapt to meet the needs of our students. There is a new literacy out there that doesn’t involve just reading and writing.
My commitment to my students is that I will use the technology around me to foster an innovative classroom for my students. This video explains some of the tools I will use in my classroom. I know there are many more out there. Please feel free to share.