It is impossible to envision what the future classroom would look like, but this post explores what is possible with technology that is already here today and focussing specifically on teacher collaboration and sharing. I will lay my cards on the table at the start and declare my bias for Microsoft technologies. Therefore, this article will unashamedly speak mostly of these tools that I think are awesome, along with other tools that maybe aren’t out of the Microsoft suite.
Teacher collaboration and sharing: The technology is already here with Skype, Twitter, Yammer, Facebook, Pinterest, Email and Pinterest.… Visit the author's original post
For too long now, teachers have sat in a hyper-confused state allowing the technology add-on pervade every sense of excitement potential in classrooms today. We have sat and witnessed teachers drowning in the confusion of modern-day technology tools. In the rush to be seen to being innovative, they place the worksheets, assignments, powerpoints and dare I say it, YouTubes onto their school’s Learning Management Systems. For far too long now, we have seen the misuse of technology invade the classroom learning experience.… Visit the author's original post
According to the Arafeh, Levin, Rainie, & Lenhart (2002), teachers today have not learned to change their teaching practices to depict the way students today learn naturally. Not only are students entering a different world, they are learning differently. With the focus not on whether the answer is correct or incorrect, the teacher needs to avail students to the opportunities to think abstractly and look for both a variety of answers, along with a variety of ways to arrive at a successful answers. … Visit the author's original post