What are your views on the introduction of technology in the classroom.?
The introduction of blogs; wikis online learning systems and other forms of technology into the classroom has caused quite a stirr in the educational industry.
Technology into the classroom has been an change that some teachers are apprehensive about., while others are excited about the learning opportunites its introduces. According to the author of the book Blogs; Wikis, podcast, and other powerful Web Tools for classrooms 2nd ED, He states that education had been slow to adpat to these new tools and potentials. (Richardson W. 2006)
As educators my view is that these technologies helps us to connect and collaborate with our students, by utilzing a tool they love, to inspire reading, writing and creativity. The author of the book Blogs;Wikis; Pocasting and other powerful tools for classrooms 2nd Ed. states, we are creating what author Douglas Ruchkoff calls a "society of authorship" where every teacher and every student- every person with access, will have the ability to contribute ideas and experiences to a larger body of knowledge that is the internet. (Rushkoff, 2004)
As educator we need to be passionate about this new way of learning, by adpating these webtools into our curriculum. The online interaction has become the way to live, learn and survive in the 21st century. Its is really an disturbing moment when our students seem to know more about these tools than we do.
So educator take some time out to build your own learning networks or even become a member of a social network, so that we can begin to associate with our students in thier world.
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