The Educator's PLN

The personal learning network for educators

As long as I have been involved with education there has been a discussion of whether or not technology is making a difference in learning, and whether or not we should use it in schools. This discussion takes place on a teacher-to-teacher level, as well as an administrative level. It occurs on primary, secondary and higher education levels. It may be time to shift the discussions to what we need our kids to learn and how they will implement that learning in our culture, and continue to learn, as the life long learners, which we, as educators, supposedly strive to make them to be.

The more we learn about learning, the further we seem to be getting away from the primary teaching lessons of the past. Lectures, although necessary, are no longer the focus of teaching methodology. Today’s methods seem to be relying on more collaborative and authentic learning. Actually doing and making, as opposed to having descriptions and theories delivered by lectures, is a shift, which is taking place in education today. Critical thinking, always addressed to some extent in learning, is now becoming more prominent in education.

The skills that educators are emphasizing more and more are skills of: curating information, analyzing information, understanding information, communicating information in various forms, collaborating on information both locally and globally, ultimately, creating information for the purpose of publishing and sharing. These are the goals of 21st Century educators. These are also the today’s needs of industry, business, and banking. Many of these skills are also needs of artists, writers, and musicians. Even politicians could use these skills, which are apparently lacking in a majority of our current leaders.

Now that we have seen how the needs of society have structured the needs of skills for students, and now that we have seen how the needs of education have structured the changes in methodology to address those skills, we now need to consider the best way to deliver access to information for curation, analysis, understanding, communicating and creating. For that direction let us consider what tools are used by Industry, Business, Banking, and the Arts. If the answer is TECHNOLOGY, why is there any debate about why, and how much technology should play a role in education? Yes, good teachers can teach without technology, but to what end, if the student will need to master technology to compete, or even exist in a technology-driven environment?
It is time that this debate ends. There are no choices for educators to make here. If we are educating our children to live and thrive in their world, we cannot limit them to what we were limited to in our world. As things change and evolve, so must education. As educators we have a professional obligation to change as well. We must retain a sense of relevance and that requires effort. Relevance does not come to us as we sleep in the night. Educators need to employ the very skills they are passing along to their students. They need to: curate, collaborate, communicate, critically think, and create. All of this is best accomplished through the use of tools of technology. An education without technology does not prepare our students with the skills that their world will require. Technology should be ubiquitous in education.

Views: 85

Comment

You need to be a member of The Educator's PLN to add comments!

Join The Educator's PLN

Comment by Diana Glover-Cole on February 21, 2014 at 3:55am

I enjoyed reading your article. I agree with you that as educators we need to evolve with technology, as does our students do. I believe technology has a place within the classroom, but it must be used appropriately. Now more than ever technology is taking over our world. Technology has it uses in the classroom, but an educator must know how to successfully implement the technology for proper learning. There are some great technologies out there that expand student’s education, and also have them collaborate with other students. Edmodo is a great tool for students to use a discussion tool that strengthens writing and reading. WikiSpaces, can also be a great tool to have students collaborative on projects. Again I enjoyed reading post, and thank you for your insightful thoughts.

Comment by Oscar Marin on January 13, 2014 at 8:08pm

I don't think its possible to have an edge if we do not have an input of technology in any field. Technology helps us to explore the ever enlarging in knowledge database of world. Technology ought to be ubiquitous in education to add value.

About

Thomas Whitby created this Ning Network.

Latest Activity

sanny111 posted a blog post

Office Designs Of A Cabin

(Photo by:2024 aluminum plate) Our company is into office interior design in a major way. Recently we received a brief from a client of ours to redesign their office cabin. They wanted splashes of pastel colors to lighten up the space. The following is a description of what the end product looked like.We'll first start with the floor. We used 2' by 2' matt finished vitrified tiles in epoxy grouting for the floor. The floor gave a metallic look and…See More
6 hours ago
David Chiles posted a status
"Netiquette rules are ways we connect in networks, groups, and our style, follow, create. www.NetworkEtiquette.net"
21 hours ago
John Marsh shared their blog post on Twitter
23 hours ago
John Marsh posted a blog post

How To Do Equation Word Problems Quickly

Word problems represent the math equation in the form of sentence. Word problems can involve algebra, arithmetic, geometry, combinations. Some time we also take calculus help to solve word problems. Many students have the trouble with word problems. The cause can be revolving around having a systematic approach to solving word problems. To solve any word problem you at least should have the basic knowledge of other area of math. Here’s one…See More
23 hours ago
Profile IconTina, Emily Paulsen, Andrew L. Smith and 1 more joined The Educator's PLN
yesterday
David Chiles posted a status
"Don't fight the impulses of electricity. It's proper Netiquette to go with the technology flow. www.NetworkEtiquette.net"
Thursday
John Marsh posted a blog post

How To Build Basic Math Skills At Nursery

A solid math foundation is vital for children to succeed. Children start learning math skills from nursery onwards. Children love playing with numbers and shapes which are the. Nursery skills are the basic foundation of math. The children set the foundation for future life skill, from preschool to end of the elementary school. The ability to solve math problem builds from 3rd or 4th grade math tutoring. If your kids are…See More
Thursday
Alfredo George posted a status
Thursday

Awards And Nominations

© 2014   Created by Thomas Whitby.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service