At the panel event it was clear that this unassuming 8th grade history teacher from White Plains was using technology her fellow well-groomed panelists hadn't even heard of -- integrating tools such as My Big Campus, Edmodo and Socrative, to revolutionize the classroom dynamic.
If you brought a teacher back from 50 years ago and put her in a university classroom today she would be able to pick up exactly where she left off. The classroom experience has barely changed. This is a pretty sad state of affairs
Few educators would argue against the importance of using media and technology in the classroom. Yet, we have made very little progress in implementing any media literacy curriculum on a national, or even statewide, level.
The question around how to best implement technology in schools, but more importantly, how we, as educators, share best practices and turn our discussions into action will be ongoing. The key is to continue to be creative and keep carving.
If students think of themselves as customers, they often view the professor at the front of the room as a performer. And just like when they go to a concert or a movie, students expect to be engaged, persuaded, or even entertained.
While I understand the real-time digital stream may create a safe harbor for students uncomfortable expressing themselves, it seems to me students are missing valuable lessons in real-life social skills.
As a society, we talk about the importance of leaders in all walks of life, but when it comes to our classrooms, many of us seem to want to empower the followers while executing the sages when the former do poorly on standardized tests.
Educators need better ways to evaluate and reuse the content that already exists in some digital form, with experts keeping a keen eye open for high-quality digital materials that should be easily accessible to students and teachers.