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: 127

Comment

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

Join The Educator's PLN

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

Sherae Cannon joined Glenn Kenyon's group
Thumbnail

Math Teachers

Don't we want to congregate and share ideas? Join this group to talk about what we find in the field of math education.
Friday
Sherae Cannon liked Glenn Kenyon's group Math Teachers
Friday
Gloria E. Kopp liked Gloria E. Kopp's blog post Essential Academic Writing Toolkit for Educators to Engage College Students
Thursday
Gloria E. Kopp posted a blog post

Essential Academic Writing Toolkit for Educators to Engage College Students

Starting college is a big step for most students, and it takes some while to adjust. As you can imagine, there will always be some students that that won't, or can't, engage with your material. if yours are struggling to get to grips with their work, you can recommend one or all of the following resources to them.1. Harvard College Writing Center: If a student has a particular question about an essay they're…See More
Thursday
Sherae Cannon is now a member of The Educator's PLN
Thursday
Deb Sullivan updated their profile
Wednesday
Deb Sullivan left a comment for Deb Sullivan
"I needed to start something for a college class I am taking. I like the idea of having a place to bounce ideas to people I consider AMAZING colleagues! To new ideas!! :)"
Wednesday
Sara Butler updated their profile
Wednesday

Awards And Nominations

© 2017   Created by Thomas Whitby.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service