Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Connections

I am currently working on my Masters through an entirely online program. My current course is Integrating Technology in the Classroom. It has provided some great crossover for me and I have talked about Global Learners and trainings and discussions many times. Now it’s time to share with you some of what my class has been discussing. We began by looking at a recent set of articles about Classroom 2.0 where leaders weigh in on opposite sides of the issue. The blog is on the Encyclopedia Britannica Blog. Among the points raised by classmates were teaching students to search for reliable sources online and notice bias on the internet, access to the internet by our students’ families, teacher webpages, and technology for the sake of technology. The biggest discussion centered around teachers learning, embracing, or resisting Classroom 2.0. Obviously this is a topic dear to our hearts. Many people agreed that teachers need time to play with technology and be trained and supported in that technology before it can be expected for them to infuse it in their teaching. We found that younger teachers are often quick to embrace and learn new technology because it mirrors their outside lives. Of course, we know that more experienced teachers, given time and opportunity can also become Classroom 2.0 leaders, but there are many who are quite reluctant. It has been helpful to see a group of educators from a diverse set of populations struggle with the same difficulties we have discussed here in Commerce City.


2 comments:

Jeff Lewis said...

"We found that younger teachers are often quick to embrace and learn new technology because it mirrors their outside lives." --and I think there is less of a fear of using the technology among younger teachers. With the newness of the technology and the lack of time and money, I don't think tech training is going to happen. It takes willing participants to jump in and start using and to embrace the uncertainty of the outcome.

sbo said...

thank you so much. fosbobetr good Archive