Technology Alarm Clock! My alarm goes off every morning at 5:05 and I go to school to teach my 6th graders social studies. Nice school, people, studentsâ€¦â€¦.I feel good about my classes and oh such great lesson plansâ€¦..NOT! My technology alarm clock went off at the NCAECT Conference big time! Will Richardson led me to realize that I canâ€™t hit the snooze button any longer. Our children need what the title of his book says, BLOGS, WIKIS, PODCASTS AND OTHER POWERFUL WEB TOOLS FOR CLASSROOMS now! It isnâ€™t just time to â€œTake it to the Netâ€, but to the emergency room! I no longer feel the â€œwantâ€, but the â€œneedâ€ to do it! Our classrooms are in crisis and everyday we donâ€™t deliver these technolgy opportunities to our students is a day loss in my new mindset. Thanks to all who got me to this conference. Iâ€™m reading Richardsonâ€™s book. Get it and read ASAP! I have a new vocabulary! I have wikipedia! So long to Jeeves! My learning has changed and I will expose it to my students, team members, and my family. I am still in a little â€œFuture Shockâ€, but love it everytime I absorb a bit more of it. I am on my way now to understanding the 21st century learning and it has nothing to do with Sally, Dick, or Jane!
Bravo! This is something that we’ve been trying to convince people of…it’s not that we should use technology tools because it will engage students, but we HAVE to use technology tools before we lose our students. There will come a time (and I don’t think it’s too far off!) when our students will look at public school and decide that we are so far outdated that they don’t need us.
I mean, really, I can memorize content from any number of places online–if I really want to extend my learning and make it my own by writing about it in my blog or sharing it in my podcast, then I need access all those Web 2.0 tools that are out there.
Sound the alarm–if we want to save our schools, we have to act NOW!
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